Day 60 – 1st March – A right pair

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With all the walking I’m doing at lunchtime, in the cold weather my normal work socks haven’t really been warm enough. I’ve therefore had to revert to my ski socks to ensure that I don’t get cold feet as a result of my strolls. I’ve a variety but with all the snow that has fallen recently I thought that these ones would be the most suitable for the conditions!

Day 59 – 28th February – A different view

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With the snow still on the ground I decided to go on a slightly different route for the lunchtime walk. As I’ve said before, I work on the edge of the South Downs and have some wonderful countryside that is easily reachable during even a 30 minute stroll. This was the view of a small village and manor house from one of the small hills I climbed that I thought, for a mobile phone, came out quite well.

Day 58 – 27th February – Alternative forms of transport

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Snow has arrived and for once a significant amount. I live on a hill and I wasn’t prepared to drive to work as I wasn’t sure if I’d either stop at the bottom of the hill or get back up at the end of the day, so I took a train to work instead. Walking past the green I noticed the above. Someone had clearly been short of a sled and had decided to improvise. At what time of day (or night) I don’t know as it was quite early when I headed to the station.

Day 57 – 26th February – Surprising Changes

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I’m not sure why, but I decided to have a look at the flights for a trip I’m taking later in the year. It wasn’t my first choice of timing, but when booking I didn’t have any option, it was the only flight available. It meant that I would be arriving quite late in the day and would miss both dinner and meeting friends to the following day. To my amazement an earlier flight had been put on and more surprising, despite, or maybe because, I had paid with points, I was able to switch to the earlier flight at a cost less than a seat reservation! Subject to an on-time arrival I should now arrive in time for dinner and a catch up with friends on the day or arrival.

Day 56 – 25th February – Raw Materials

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Having replaced 2 of the 3 rotting sleeper based raised beds that I have, I decided that I would have a go at building one myself as it would be cheaper. There are some quite cheap raised beds available to buy but the material isn’t always great, so I opted for cheaper than the ones I normally buy. I managed to achieve that with what I bought from the store. In the picture are 4 planks of decking which will be cut in half to provide double the height of one and thus a deeper bed, and a wooden fence post for securing the corners.

Day 55 – 24th February – The Sun and the Moon

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So another weekend and it’s time for another long walk as part of the Walk 1000 miles challenge. I actually managed my longest one yet of almost 19 miles. I suspect that I won’t actually get into the 20s with walks I currently have planned, but maybe in the summer I’ll plan a really long walk somewhere. For the second Saturday in a row it was dry and the sun was out. Additionally towards the end of the walk, the moon also put in an appearance and it’s just about visible above the bridge and the hill in the middle of the wispy clouds. The picture does make the weather look nicer that it was as up on the hills there was a particularly strong and cold wind blowing into my face.

Day 54 – 23rd February – Radio Silence

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This is my portable digital radio player. Today was the semi-final of the Olympics Women’s curling. Team GB were involved and I had been able to listen to it online before lunch. Come lunchtime and my ability to listen online was stopped. No problem I thought, I’ll tune in on a national sports station covering the Olympics. Much to my surprise, they were only covering it on TV and online. Radio was being left out. This would have just been just disappointing if it wasn’t for the fact that they were broadcasting other winter Olympics events on the radio instead. Why they thought, as a nation broadcaster, that a semi-final involving the national team didn’t warrant radio coverage in favour of other nations participation I have no idea, but I have asked them why they chose to do so and am waiting for their explanation.

(In line with current blogging practice I will state that I have received no endorsements from PURE to feature their product in this blog).

Day 53 – 22nd February – In with the new

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This is what has replaced the sleeper based raised bed. It’s roughly the same size (maybe a little bit smaller) in terms of content, but as can be seen, the border itself is not as wide. I will get some turf in a few weeks time to make the area look nicer. It has made me realise that if I wanted to, I could probably move the raised beds a little closer and fit another 3 in, but for the time being I’ll make do with the 12 that I have.

Day 52 – 21st February – Empty Bag

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I have lost a pair of sunglasses. Well I hope I’ve just mislaid them, though I have checked everywhere that I can think of. Hopefully I’ll stumble across them later in the year when I’m least expecting to. I’m slightly annoyed at this absence as they were one of my preferred sets, especially for sports, made even more annoying by the fact that the manufacture (Oakley) doesn’t make them any more!

(In line with current blogging practice, I should point out that I am not being paid by Oakley to mention their product or brand).

Day 51 – 20th February – Collectors Items

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The royal mint has decided for the second year running to produce some 50 pence pieces with Beatrix Potter characters on the reverse side. This has caused great excitement to one of my many US based friends who I have now discovered is a big fan. I’m now collecting them when I come across any so that I can pass them on next time I visit the states!