Cal, I do have a little list (in my head) titled "things that need doing", but I tend to just get on with stuff when the weather's bad. I do realise that with that rule, the garden fence will never get done....
Shades, yeah I think the Vietnamese wouldn't have understood Cream Teas. Similarly, when I first went over I didn't understand the concept of a dish called Pho for breakfast (it's basically soup, with different meat and a separate dish of fresh veg that you put in the soup yourself....for breakfast), but after a month of that I grew to really like it! One of the vets in Vietnam is hoping to come over here at some point for a few weeks at the zoo, so if he does I'll be sure to introduce him to the cream tea...Devon-style, naturally!
I did 5-miles last night and 10-miles this afternoon, all at an easy pace. Felt okay....not great, but okay.
Tomorrow I'm going kayaking with a mate on the River Exe. The River Exe has a couple of pubs on it that have parking spaces (is that the correct term?) for kayaks so I think we're heading to those Kayaking is something I've wanted to get in to for a little while, but never looked into it properly. But, I went kayaking in the sea earlier in the summer and also went a couple of times in Vietnam, so with tomorrow it will be the most I've ever done in a summer. I don't own my own one as they're fairly cheap to rent for a day or half day.
Hi Shades, just a quick one to say that the marathon I'm doing is Barnstaple so it's in 3 weeks time (25/9).
Mowzer, good luck with the painting. I need to do my fence really, but it's another thing I keep putting off doing! For example, I could have done it today I suppose, but instead I went for a walk and a cream tea I did love the food in Vietnam, but I have missed the cream teas!
Killerton was mentioned above and Parke, also in Devon, is another hilly off-roader. 324ft of elevation according to Strava. It's a great route though, and the times vary wildly depending on if it's been raining or not.
A great write up there Shades. It sounded like a real trip down memory lane for you! 3 pubs in a line of cottages sounded really good from years gone by, and I suspect is something that is incredibly rare these days. Unfortunately, (in the UK any way) many of those pubs are long gone now - last I read is that traditional pubs are still closing at 27 pubs a week in the UK as they just can't make it pay with all the taxes and other overheads. Also, as many pubs are tied to a national/international brewery, they are limited to which beers they can sell so often can't sell local beers that may be brewed a short distance from their premises. Also, I think for many pubs, at best they get bought out by developers and turned into flats, or at worst knocked down totally and the plot redeveloped You have probably picked up in my time on here that I like my real ale and in many ways I think Wetherspoons is really good in that they offer well priced, well kept, local ale, but in other ways I can't help but think that they may be part of the problem too with them pushing the prices down - you can regularly get a decent pint of local ale for about £2 to £2.29, which I suppose the local pubs can't compete with. But I did take delight when they started "going after" the coffee shop chains - unlimited, filtered coffee in a mug for £1.29 between 10am and 2pm every day, and it's not that bad either.
Mowzer, another great report from you. As a matter of interest, do the LDWA events count towards your marathon total? What number are you on now?
Jugula, yes I did enjoy the Torquay game as they won 2-1. It was a good atmosphere and it was an exciting game as it was end-to-end although I have to say the quality was, let's say, "variable". I did read with amusement that at a recent away game, Torquay's bus broke down so the players had to get taxis into the ground, and then started playing about 15mins after they arrived - they lost that game. Anyway, the next two weekends are also home games, so it's 3 home games in 3 weekends.
Ian, not trying to turn this into a football thread, but how did your team get on? Did you enjoy the match?
On Saturday evening, a few of us went to an open-air theatre production of Hound of the Baskervilles. It was held at Agatha Chritie's house (Greenway), and it was really good. We took picnics and wine, and the second half was as the light was fading so they had spot lights set up, and you could hear the owls and other birds in the trees surrounding the stage area. It was really good, helped by the fact that we were very lucky with the weather!
As for me, I went out for a 10-miler this morning, but cut it short (7-miles) as my guts were playing up. As well as that, my legs are still very achy - generally, I feel very heavy/ploddy although my body weight is fine. Hmmmm. I have to say, I'm already worried about this marathon I've got coming up....I even have a slight doubt about the Half next week! Gulp! Hopefully my next run will be better.