Too Busy To Blog……Maybe

I’m not really sure how a whole week has passed me by without me blogging but it has. Don’t get me wrong it has been a busy week (when is it anything else) but I don’t recall it being that busy. Still nothing like a good catch-up!!

Last Tuesday saw me lost twice in one day, the first time while out cycling and the second time out walking -if there’s one thing I’m good at it’s getting lost. I always find my way back, eventually and even better I find things I never knew existed along the way -I never knew Wakefield and the surrounding area had so many nature parks and lakes!!

Wednesday was a ‘back to school day’, all things considered it wasn’t a bad start to the final half term. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many P.E lessons in one week and dare I say it, in the glorious sunshine, it was fab. Cricket, football, rugby and good old rounders -who needs holidays abroad when you can have outdoor P.E?

In between the cycling and work I’ve been patiently waiting to get a snap or two of the birds on the feeder -I’m far to impatient. Plus I’m sure the sodding birds are taking the p**s. Theres loads of them stuffing their faces until I get my camera out then they all bugger off -still I got some great shots of Sid The Squirrel!!!

Cycled 50+ miles in the last week

hope the good weather lasts

Bring it on

On the Hunt for Spike Island with the Catapult Kids……………….

The Catapult Kids

So with another walk and run under my belt my CBA syndrome has definitely been kicked into touch – for the time being at any rate. However my new-found love of cycling and walking is now causing me to suffer from ‘my legs don’t belong to me’ syndrome – not a good look. It’s pretty similar to the feeling you get the day after running after a marathon – you know your feet are on the floor but you can’t actually feel them – I’m sure it will ease off in a few days!!

Todays walk was with a nearly 11 and a 12 year old in tow, Jack had his friend round for the day and I decided a picnic in the local nature park was a good way of splitting the day up. It was also a good excuse for me to try and find Spike Island, a monument that must be well hidden as I’ve yet to find it.

  When we called to pick Alfie up he had something new and amazing to show us. Ipad, Xbox PS3……………..? Nope nothing new or fangled just a good old-fashioned CATAPULT. Now Jack had hours of fun at a recent BBQ with a catapult, its amazing how far overBBQ’d sausages fly. He was so impressed that he was going to stick one on his Crimbo List – hell of a lot cheaper than last years iPhone – he’ll do for me. After today I think we’ll be buying one a lot sooner than christmas.

Once I’d made the picnic we headed of on the mileish walk to the park, Alfie with his catapult and Jack with his recently acquired rope (see last weeks blog) that stinks of sheep, wrapped over his shoulder and round his waist – they looked like the lost boys!! I followed on behind, dragging the cool bag (have you tried filling 2 growing rugby lads – loads of snap needed!) my camera and the waterproofs! The plan to split the day up went out of the window – we spent nearly all day there. Catapulting anything and everything in sight and trying to lasso what they missed with the rope – who needs technology. Get your kids outside!

So with the kids engrossed I played with my camera – more practise is still needed but I did get a shot off the day – well I think it’s good.

My ‘Shot of the Day’

After all the fun,it was time for tea – a well-earned one before I dropped the lads at rugby training and went for a run with my mate – a bloody good run it was too.

A great day out -we never found Spike Island!!!

A visit to the catapult shop tomorrow

Bring it on

On my Walk I Saw…………..

So for once I took the doctors ‘run in moderation’ advice, and having run 5 times this week (!), decided not to bother – I went for a five and a half mile walk instead. The walk was linked to running as I wanted to see if I could get along the canal  from where we normally come off at the Navigation Pub (no we don’t stop of a sneaky beer) to the river that then takes me to the road near where I live. Can’t believe how easy it is to get through, not one but two options … Typical, we’ve been running the long way round for months.

Anyway, I persuaded Jack n Ernie to go watch the rugby (didn’t take much doing) so I could go for a walk in relative peace, give me chance to play with some of the artistic bits on my camera. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking with Jack but it’s a nightmare trying to concentrate on close up shots. Especially when he usually ends up standing on what I’m zooming in on!!!! So first stop was my Brothers house to drop his birthday card off (Happy Birthday Big Bro) a quick coffee and chat then off on my travels – the river is near mt brothers house as well.

It wasn’t long before I had my first close up shot’s in the bag (well camera!) Did quite well – I think so anyway, felt a bit of a tit laying down in the middle of a field but needs must!!!

So I carried on along the riverside until I came to the old bridge my brother told me about – apparently this would take me over the river to the canal, where I needed to be. Thing is, it is the dodgiest looking bridge you’ve ever seen. The trains run over the top bit and there’s a wooden tunnel that runs under it – with a wooden pier like floor that you can see the river flowing beneath you – no thanks. So I wandered on in hope of another way over – no such luck – dodgy bridge it was. Never been as scared in my life – from one end you couldn’t see the other – the iffy lighting didn’t help!! I just kept telling myself I wasn’t scared – out loud- and made a run for it!!!

The good news was the bridge meant there was a way through, bad news was in reality I don’t need to go that way, there’s an easier option on the other side – I’d scared myself to death for nothing – pft. So I carried on a little way taking in many different views and lots of different things to try my camera on. The running water shot went well, the plastic bag tree shot wasn’t too bad – no really, next time you let a plastic bag blow away just think about where it could end up!!! The shot of the Loch Ness Monster was awesome – Nessie is alive and well and living in Wakey. It was just the shot of the bee in flight that didn’t seem to work – probably due to the 2 killer geese that were up my arse as I tried to take it – all in a days walk for a photographer.

Lovely weather, a great walk, and another play with my camera.

5.5 miles walked

A gentle run tomorrow

Bring it on



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