Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day

Cool and a bit windy, 43F.

It's always a bit bittersweet, going away: I know Holly will be fine, and it's only for a week, but I feel so guilty when I drop her off at the kennels.

But right now we're enjoying this lovely day and walking through the woods at a leisurely pace :)  It's very busy here today- I guess lots of people have to walk off what they are yesterday.

Holly and crashed last night in my recliner- I was sleeping off mucho turkey and the effects of working 12 hours straight and then getting 4 hours sleep on Christmas Eve, and Holly was shattered after almost a full day of chasing (or being chased by) Lukob :)

Christmas is All Around
Billy Mack
Love Actually soundtrack

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Cool and clear, 33F but Holly has still gone for a quick dip in her stream :)

Home and into the shower after this, then the fun begins!

Still Christmas music on Pandora:
Christmas Was Better in the 80s
The Futureheads

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Eve Eve

Thank goodness for heavy duty antibiotics! I feel almost back to normal, so Holly and I took the long loop today to celebrate :)

Not quite as warm, 46F with occasional breaks of watery sunshine.

Christmas music on Pandora, but Crispy would never forgive me for what I'm listening to right now:
All I Want for Christmas is You
Justin Beiber
Under the Mistletoe

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday afternoon

I've come out to walk the dog a little early so I can go back to work to finish setting up the church later once Crisp and his pals are done with school. I feel quite a bit better than I did, but I still had to take it pretty easy going up and down ladders etc this morning.

Crazy weather for 3 days before Christmas, 59F and I'm walking the dog in a T-shirt!

The Great Gift in the Sky
Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday, early

Snuck out before the big nursery school chapel at lunchtime because Crisp and I are going to try and go see Tintin after school :)

Warm, 51F, but grey and drizzling.

That's Life
Frank Sinatra
That's Life

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday lunch

Snuck out for another lunchtime walk as we have to hit the stores to get the stuff for Christmas dinner later :)

Cool and grey, 45F.

Just Wait
Blues Traveller

Monday, December 19, 2011


Back in the woods, even though it's quite late. Cool and a light breeze, 46F.

Racing Cars (Jet Spotted of the Track)
John Preston and Wild Willy Barrett
The Best of...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cold Woods

It was cooler in the woods today, so I thought a monochrome hi-res image would capture the mood :)

Saturday afternoon

Cooler, 39F, with a cold wind.

Out with the pooch and my 60D, playing with some new "picture styles" :)

The Country's in the Very Best of Hands
L'il Abner
Original Broadway Cast
A strangely pertinent song given the current economic climate!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday walk

A little walk after a very nice lunch with the Altar Guild and before picking up Crisp and his Omelet buddies. A bit grey and 45F.

The Ricky Gervais Show
Space- is it worth it?

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Warner (53F), but overcast. Another lunchtime walk as I'm going to try and take the boy for a haircut after school.

Silje Nergaard
Tell Me Where You're Going

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday early walk

Snuck out a little early as I have a meeting at 4pm. Warner and sunny, 51F.

War Crimes
The Special Aka
The Best of the Specials

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Early evening Tuesday

Cool and quite still, 42F.

Listening to Newshour on the Beeb, currently a very interesting piece on the Higgs-Boson.

Monday, December 12, 2011


A bit of a chill in the air, 40F, but there's ice around the edge of the puddles.

I'm trying to walk off the huge steak (and garlic mashed potatoes) I had at Outback Steakhouse for lunch as part of the church staff shopping day :)

The Pogues
The Best of...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday afternoon

A nice quiet stroll between the service and pageant rehearsal this mornign and the advent dinner this evening. Cool and sunny, 40F.

Transport of Delight
Flanders & Swann
At the Drop of a Hat

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday walk

Sunny, breezy and 43F.

Having just decorated the tree at home I'm listening to some contemporary Christmas music on Pandora on a station based on Elf's Lament by Barenaked Ladies from their album Barenaked for the Holidays :)

A Cradle in Bethlehem
The Beautiful Mistake
The Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas

Friday, December 9, 2011

Relaxed Friday

I like my walk on Fridays especially because I can relax and stroll leisurely through the woods and not have to be home at any particular time. So I can enjoy this lovely, sunny, cool (50F) and breezy day with a clear blue sky with just some wispy clouds around the edges :)

And my mind can wander in all sorts of directions- for example, today I started counting how many times I throw Holly's tennis ball. I keep her ball in a pocket until we get about 2/3 of the way around as she kind of obsesses on it once I start throwing it, but today, as we passed the old wash-house I pulled it out as usual but started counting throws. I'm up to 41 so far, so by the times we get to the car it'll probably be up around 75... if I was a starting pitcher that would be getting up there (and it's quite a few more than AJ managed in most of his starts last year), and they get 3 or 4 days off in between- I do this every day :)

Boys Boys Boys
Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday Lunchtime

Snuck out at lunchtime so the poor little doggy can see some daylight :)

Nice day, 44F, breezy and sunny.

Lost in Highway 46
Shame 69
The Adventures of the Hersham Boys

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wet Tuesday

Pissing down and 58F.

Walking Man
James Taylor
Greatest Hits

Monday, December 5, 2011

Misty Monday

It was very foggy this morning, and it's started to get Misty again now, 51F.

Chinese Adult Diapers
The Ricky Gervais Show

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunny Sunday

Still quite warm, 55F, and lots of low sunshine :)

Back to the church for acolyte training this afternoon. Oh, and managed to get Monkey's computer running again yesterday :)

Racist Friend
The Special Aka
The Best of The Specials

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Still quite seasonal, 48F.

Busy day- Crisp's computer died this morning and I left a disc utility running while I came out with the dog- fingers crossed it'll have done it's stuff by the time I get back!

The Alan Davies Show
Foxy Protester Babe

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Photowalk

Nice day, 52F and muted sunshine.

Having a lovely time with my new Canon 60D (more about that on the main blog soon).

No music, just taking way too many pictures of my dog :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday twilight

More seasonal, 48F.

Listening to a Christmas channel on Pandora as I spent most of the afternoon working on Christmas service bulletins so I'm trying to get into the spirit ;)

Blue Christmas
Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday lunchtime

It was so dark and dreary yesterday, so Holly and I came out at lunchtime today so we could see some daylight :)

Cooler, 49F, and breezy.

Lily Was Here
Candy Dulfer

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rainy Tuesday

Warm and wet, 62F.

Someone Else's Heart
East Side Story

Monday, November 28, 2011


Still warm, 62F.

Final Monkeynews
The Ricky Gervais Show

Sunday, November 27, 2011

1st Sunday of Advent

It's crazy that I'm still walking the dog in a T-shirt, and she's still cooling off in her stream under the bridge. It's almost December and it's 59F!

Take What You Take
Lily Allen
Alright Still

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Busy Saturday

Lots of people in the woods today, not really surprising as it's 67F!

Jim Gaffigan
King Baby

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

Another lovely day, sunny and 61F!

Rather than fighting the crowds I'm walking the dog in a T-shirt :)

One (Reprise) /Finale
A Chorus Line
Original Broadway Cast

Thanksgiving Hi Res

I had my DSLR with me in the woods yesterday, so here's yesterday's bridge shot in hi-res, and some more pics can be found here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm enough to just be out in shirtsleeves, 54F, though most of the many people who are out today are bundled up much more :)

Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Barenaked Ladies
All Their Greatest Hits...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sloppy, slippy Wednesday

45F and the rain has finally stopped (well, almost), but it's a muddy mess underfoot and the wet leaves don't make for the best traction ;)

The Friend's Song
The Princess Bride Soundtrack

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Slightly Damp Tuesday

48F and light rain.

I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Mandy Patinkin
Dress Casual

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday evening

Busy day unloading Christmas trees etc. And tonight we get to take my wonderful wife (and Crispy's marvellous mother)  out for dinner to celebrate her birthday :)

Cooler, 53F.

The Blues Brothers
Briefcase Full of Blues

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday between services

Another warm one, 63F.

Done with regular church, but we have the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service this afternoon, so just the short loop today.

Still listening through CJs comedy CDs-

Water Park
John Pinette
Show Me the Buffet

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday stroll

Another nice day, 50F and sunny. More clouds than yesterday when we went to Ward Pound Ridge though.

I'm listening through the comedy CDs we got Crispy so I can be forewarned if there's anything close to the edge on them. Just finished the Demetri Martin which had a few curse words on it, but nothing too bad- was very funny though!

Weight Watcher Friends
John Pinette
Show Me the Buffet

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Soggy Thursday

Snuck out at lunchtime for a quick walk in the light rain, cooler, 45F.

Personal Information Waltz
Demetri Martin
These Are Jokes

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WET Wednesday

Pissing down & 56F.

Venus (12" Hellfire mix)
Greatest Hits

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CJs Birthday

Warm again, 64F, and we're out a little early so we can take Crisp to the video game store and then out for dinner to celebrate his 12th birthday :)

Time on my Hands
Oscar Peterson
I Got Rhythm

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday dusk

Still quite warm, 61F.

Toccatta and Fugue in D Minor
As played by our organist Ruaraidh Sutherland
at the end of our Oct 30th service

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I love technology Sunday

Warmish with a light breeze, 57F.

Last night on the way home from Medieval Times the boys were watching The Princess Bride in the van and I mentioned to Jake that I didn't have the soundtrack album.

Today as I walked through the woods I remembered that conversation, so I pulled out my phone, opened the Amazon mp3 app, and 3 minutes and a few bucks later I'm listening to Mark Knopfler's lilting guitar- I love technology!

As an aside, I loved it the van last night when Crispy kept telling his friends, "in the book at this point it's different... " :)

The Cliffs of Insanity
Mark Knopfler
The Princess Bride Soundtrack

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Another nice one, 53F and not as windy.

Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet
Li'l Abner
Original Cast

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Hi-Res

I had my little Pentax with me in the woods today- so here's a hi-res version of today's picture. Check out my main blog for some more pics from our walk.

Fall Friday

Another great day for a walk!

Cooler, 46F, and windy- the wind is blowing down the remaining leaves, and every now and then creates little zephyrs that dance across the trail like mini tornadoes whipping up the leaves :)

In Quintessence
East Side Story

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Warm and quite sticky, 65F.

Run for Your Life
The Beatles
Rubber Soul (2009 mono remix)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Late Wednesday

Due to a combination of mis-communication with Crisp about picking him up after Robotics Club and a strange lack of cell phone reception in Rye today, I'm much later than I wanted to be and it's almost dark. Cool moon though and 58F.

Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite
The Beatles
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Lunchtime

Warm, 67F, and not a cloud in the sky :)

Pinch Me
Barenaked Ladies
... Live at Universal

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday twilight

We're back to walking in the twilight now the clocks have changed :(

Oh well, it's still quite warm, 60F in fact.

When I Fall
Barenaked Ladies
,,, Live at Universal

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sublime Sunday

Great fall weather in the woods today, 54F with sun and a nice breeze, so we did the full, long loop :)

Old Brown Shoe
The Beatles
1967-70 disc 2