In which an ageing climber comes to terms with life closer to the ground.

2/9/2009

Scapa Flow Dives

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The dive boat – click on to enlarge – note diver ascending up ladder on side of boat

I was determined to have a better day on the boat today.
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3/8/2009

July was wet!

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The river Wye close to Monsal Head after a wee bit of rain

The first two weeks of my holiday has involved me in complicated avoidance tactics to avoid getting wet. if I had two knees that worked I would have flown out of the country. I have though cooked some nice meals! To see all of the wetness click on the image.

4/7/2009

More summer flowers

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Yellow Iris Swallow’s Wood Click on the image to enlarge to full size.

24/4/2009

Forgetting the essentials

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Lynne decided to have a day off diving and I teamed up with Richard a young man from Wales, a potential medical student. Lynne took some good photographs.

Mike and Richard starting the dive, I forgot my wetsuit on the next dive!

Holiday photographs – same link as previous post
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29/3/2009

Fashion is difficult to keep up with

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Lynne getting dressed to go diving in 7 degrees centrigrade water

We had a couple of difficult days. Skills that might be easy in warm water with a thin wetsuit become very difficult in this temperature in a dry suit.

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24/3/2009

New Skills

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After a Monday at work I did not expect to be learning the new skill of extricating yourself from this situation

To find out why and how

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21/10/2008

Sotherby’s at Chatsworth 08

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The main attraction at Chatsworth apart from the beautiful Autumn colours

I took some photographs

13/9/2008

Slaidburn Forest of Bowland

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There are not many places in England especially close to Manchester where it is quiet on a sunny day at the weekend. The Forest of Bowland used to be one of those places. When I was cycling the summer before last I stayed at Slaidburn Youth Hostel and thought at the time it would be nice to go back there when the weather was nice.

lythe Fell Road – North of Slaidburn

I cycled up the this road with a man of a similar age who was getting a 50 mile ride in before lunch and before his grandchildren arrived for the afternoon. Makes you think….

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31/8/2008

The Phil and Friends Challenge Ride

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The advert for next year, the 2008 version covered the same course
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16/8/2008

l’île Callot

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A warning to be taken seriously

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15/8/2008

We went for a walk in the forest

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When you go for a pee in the forest you have to tell the inhabitants you are there. Lynne did and then asked me to go in to the undergrowth to take a photograph of the adder.
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11/8/2008

Morlaix

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9/8/2008

Last ride in the Alpes and on to Brittany

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La Roche aux Fees

For my last ride before going to meet Lynne I wanted something pretty, long but not too hard. From a colouring in point of view, yellow highlighter on map. The Alpe du Grd –Serre combined with the Col d’Ornon which I have done previously looked the best option.
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3/8/2008

Sandbagged

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The Alp d’ Huez from the road leading up to Villard Notre Dame

Sun 3rd of August

I thought I would rest today but looking up at the hillside from the campsite I could see the road that had been recommended to me by an English cyclist that connects to the road that comes down from the Col d’Ornon.
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2/8/2008

Alpe d’ Huez, Col de Sarenne and Col de St-Christophe

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Sea of cloud while descending from the Col de Sarenne
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