Review North Ridge Waterproof Mitts C/O Go Outdoors (First Look)

This is a LONG overdue FIRST look.

I owe a huge apology to Go Outdoors for not doing anything sooner.

Unfortunately 2 things have conspired to get in the way of this.

  1. We haven’t had a winter down here, it just has NOT been cold
  2. I couldn’t get away as I would have liked due to a catalogue of ¬†misfortune.
    Below are just the main 2
    1. I fell off my bike and buggered my knee
      This ended up with continued bursitis
      (being drained shortly)
      AND
      tearing the meniscus on left knee AGAIN ūüė¶
      which is being repaired on 3rd June.
    2. Getting a grade 2 calf strain, which is a bit of a recurrent injury, and probably caused by running/walking with a bad action due to buggered knee.

So anyway, a long time ago, I was approached by the very nice people at
Go Outdoors to review these Waterproof Mitts.

Go Outdoors North Ridge Waterproof Mitts

Normal price £70, BUT currently £49.99 with card

The site spec says

A waterproof mitten with Primaloft insulation for extremely cold conditions.

The North Ridge Waterproof Winter Mitts are ideal for anyone who really feels the cold during the wet winter months. 

Designed for maximum warmth they have PrimaLoft¬ģ synthetic insulation and a waterproof, breathable lining for maximum comfort. A super soft wicking lining and individual finger pockets help to keep finger tips snug as well as improving dexterity.¬†

The outer is made from tough Cordura¬ģ fabric with a full Pittards¬ģ leather palm for durable grip. A one-handed drawcord at the wrist makes it easy to adjust or vent the mitts as you need without taking them off.

Out of the packet, they look reasonably robust.

Mitts with wrist ties and also pole hoops on view

They are not spectacular, but a good blend of nylon outer and a leather palm that feels slightly plastic to touch.

I need to see how the grip on that is in the wet.
And also how waterproof they really are.
We shall find out shorty.

Certainly on, they feel snug and warm.

They are NOT plain mitts as it says, but have inner fingers.
I usually like my gloves to be gloves, and my mitts to be mitts, so we shall see how these go.
The inner gloves are built in, and cannot be removed, so you cannot turn them inside out to dry as far as I can see.
But I guess IF they are fully waterproof, then that will NOT be a problem.
They also have a variety of ties and clips to stop water going up the inside, and also to help when using with Ski Poles or walking Poles

Below are some pictures of the mitts.

I have not tested them yet properly in the field, but I have given them a good inspection and a good tug about.

The stitching seems good, and there are no apparent loose threads.

If we ever get a cold snap down here before April, I will take them out on the bike to see how they do.

A couple of years ago I would have dragged them off to rugby grounds all over the country.
But now that No 1 son is away playing I do not get to see as many matches.
And anyway, he is off to NZ next year to play.

And that is a LOOONNGG commute.

Back to the Mitts………………………..

First impressions are ok.

They fit well, and are comfortable.

I normally buy an (L) in gloves although to be honest, my hands are not that big.

They do 2 sizes

S-M  and L-XL

These are the L-XL.

I reckon that IF you had quite large hands then these would come up a bit tight.

They seem to be quite warm, but they do have fingers and at times my fingers have poor circulation, so we shall see how they do on a wild camp on a cold Scottish Mountain shortly.

I know this was a BIT short.

BUT…..I am off to Aviemore and then the Monadhliath in April (right at the start), with Messrs Sloman and Evans

So I will give these a proper hammering then.

I am also going to take them to the Lakes in the 2nd week April and on the TGOC.

If they survive that, then I will post a proper longer term review.

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LUXE HEXPEAK Pitch 2 – The Inner & The Outer (Oh Dear)

Before I go on, this is MY experience with the HexPeak.

It is NOT a comment or criticism of Bob or Backpackinglight in any way.
I have always and always will have excellent service from them.

(Please see my additional thoughts at the end [Added 12th March])

AND…………………….

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ALSO..  SEE Later Blog Post for solutions to all these early problems I encountered
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Now, some will say this is a WHINGE.

But MORE over it is a comment on one of four things

  1. I cannot pitch a tent for toffee.
  2. Whoever designed the inner has minimal engineering skills
  3. The manufacturers NEVER looked at the plans
  4. I am just unlucky and have a Friday night inner

Actually it could be any, but if it is 2, then you have to ask if whoever designed it…

  1. Had they actually seen the tent
  2. Was the inner ever put up in the tent
  3. Have Luxe ever tested the inner in the REAL world.

So, anyway let us read on.

I put 3mm guy line onto the tent and this has easily cured ALL the tension and slipping issues.

In fact it went up extremely easily, and with a BIG groundsheet and a bivvy this would be excellent on it’s own.

Excellent stuff.
Impressed.

I did use MY pegs though and that helped in the still damp ground

SO, time to put in the inner.

OH DEAR!

I would be VERY interested to hear from anyone else that has one of these, how they are getting on with the inner.
I am especially interested to see how BOB gets on.
And I am going to email him about it, to see if it is points 1 or 4 above.

So I started to put the inner in.
NOW, I may be wrong, and maybe with a lot of practise, I will get it right, but a few things sprung to my mind with MY Inner at least.

  1. Why did they NOT use shock cord to give more flexibility.
  2. It is very hard to get the inner to be tensioned correctly,
    and at a good height
  3. It does not seem (despite following the instructions perfectly), actually fit properly inside the outer
  4. It is a real faff to get it pegged out
  5. The tub floor does NOT seem to be cut properly to make a TUB, especially at the back
  6. It is almost impossible to keep parts of it away from the outer and have some tension in it.
  7. I cannot get the back two seams to have enough tension and it is too slack and flaps about

Now, to me owning a Warmlite and a Trailstar with an Oookworks inner, the quality difference is astonishingly obvious

OK, the Oookworks inner costs more that a HexPeak in total.

BUT, if you sell an inner, make it fit.

I have had in the past.

Saunders
Vango
Laser Comp
Macpac
MLD TS
Stephensons Warmlite 2R

to name but the most recent ones.

So I am NOT a novice at this tent stuff

But look at the pictures below, and you will see what I am on about.

I am thinking that I will change all the inner guys to 2mm shock cord.
This gives MUCH better flexibility of adding tension BUT not too much.

A am also thinking of adding some mods to give tome tie out hoops for the inner to the outer half way up.
This is like on the TS.

OK… maybe that will sort out my issues.

BUT… Should I have to MOD a NEW TENT?

The side tensions reasonably well.
BUT, I cannot get it to line up properly
with the outer tie point

I found that the ONLY way to get
the inner to position even remotely well,
was to use the small pegs to peg out the base.
Luxe do not say this is necessary

Modified rear tie with some 2mm shock cord

My whinge at the back is that the way that the inner is machined,
It is NOT a proper TUB.
It just has TUB corners,
so the tension on the bottom runs underneath
not along the edge.

Here you can see the problem with the tension in the tub floor.
This is most acute along the back edge to the mid points.

I cannot also seem to get the height of the inner as high as I want.
I will need to muck about with the tensioner

Problems with tension at the front

This is where I really am struggling on TWO counts.
I cannot get any real tension on the inner at the back.
AND
It is on both sides far to close to the outer,
so water is going to get in. 
OK at the very back and the FRONT

But NOT at the two back side points.
Here, both sides touched the edge
and had NO tension at all.
It needs something half way up
on all three back edges
to pull the inner towards the outer

So, inside I was really really struggling for space, due to the floppy material

There’s that tensioning issue again ūüė¶

Struggling for real space in the inner.
And I am ONLY 5′ 10¬Ĺ” tall

It is the back securing points that are the issue.

Maybe I just need to pitch the WHOLE thing 2 or 3 cm higher.

BUT….

How do you do that when your poles are at MAX at 135cm.
And, you cannot get a pole extender for the outer Flick-Click type poles

A bit of a dilemma

CONCLUSION

  1. I need to practice some more with this.
    I am going to try and do some more local wild camps with it at some point over the summer.
    Or maybe do some MODS and then try again when the weather is good
  2. I definitely need feedback from others.
  3. I need feedback from BOB, once he gets a video up.
    I really need to see how to do this properly.
    It may well be me, but then again, I may just have a ROGUE Inner.
  4. Was it a GOOD buy……..?????
    Love the outer, but the inner hmmmmmmmm
    So, the jury is out at the moment…
    I need more time to work it all out.
  5. Will I take this to the Cairngorms in April
    NO…Too dangerous at the moment, I need to get it MUCH better.
  6. Is it going on the TGOC
    Categorically NOOOooooo!

    I cannot afford to take this for 14 days when pitching it is such a nightmare.
    Maybe with a bit more practice I will consider it.

    BUT for NOW, it is back to Wendy Warmlite.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHT…………………….

Looking at this more deeply, I think that since the ground was damp, then what really didn’t help was….

The poles Max height was 135cm, but take the tip sinking into the ground, the effective pitch height was only about 130cm

This is below the suggested 135 and well below BOB’s suggested 138.

That would dramatically effect the height of the outer, the slope on the sides and also thus the height of the inner.

I need either a pole extender, or some longer poles.

Maybe some Black Diamond 2 piece 150 max cm poles will do it.
OR, one of Bob’s extenders (once he gets them).

I am currently thinking poles since my Leki’s are carbon,
and I reckon this is better with Aluminium Poles

And back to the original ……………….

But, this question is still relevant.
Please, anyone out there with one of these, or experience of putting them up, please let me know how you are getting on.

I really want to like this tent.

It looks good up.
But that INNER… is doing my head in!

Watch this space!!!!!

LUXE HEXPEAK First Pitch

First Garden Pitch at Last (7th March 2014)

This is a very short first impressions write up
A more detailed write up after Cairngorms trip is on its way

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ALSO..  SEE Later Blog Post for solutions to all these early problems I encountered
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Weather has been crap and garden a quagmire until now.
First NON pissing down day and not blowing a gale.

So having seam sealed the Hexpeak last week.
More on that later, but the supplied tube is NOT enough even mixing 3:1 with white spirit.

I seam sealed inside seams with a 2:1 mix using some existing silicon seal.
I also did the zip inside and the door zip outside.
Plus any exterior seams that had stitching visible.

There are a LOT of them.
Far more than on the Trailstar.

Looking at the seams while I seam sealed it, they were fine, but there were some loose threads.
This was not loose seams, just dangly thread.
It is a great value tent, but the finish quality is NOT up to my TS or the Warmlite.
But then it does cost a less and that includes the inner, so that is an observation, NOT a complaint.

Although, a bit more care Luxe!

I have done nothing on the inner though.

So how was it… ?

Outer only with tie (which WILL get lost)
The whole lot comes in one bag.
Personally I would keep the tent and pegs in one bag, and the inner in a different bag.
I will carry the inner in t e inside of the rucksack and the outer in the deep outside side pocket.
Take care putting it away.
You need to fold the guys in or they wiggle about and get knotted up

The Pegs are TOOOOOOO Small

¬†In my opinion, the 8 pegs that come with it and measure approx 5¬Ĺ” are too short.
And also you need to carry more. They may well be ok for the mid points but for the Main 6 points I would use Clamcleats Tornado Pegs and probably a large MSR Blizzard Stake for one point as I use on the TS.

Even on moderately dry ground with quite a breeze, the supplied pegs just came out of the ground with hardly any tension

Which brings me to the supplied guys.

They are too thin.

Under tension, they just pull through the runners and do NOT stay in place.

I am going to replace them all with thicker guy ropes

Also my advice is to use a different colour on the back two guys so you can easily identify them when trying to put the tent up in a wind, because it blows about like the TS.

So, in a wind and with TWO interested Labradors, I staked the tent out as in the instructions.

You will need to stake out 4 points as far as I can see excluding the door.
Then get the pole to it’s 135 cm height.

Put that into the centre point, and then DO THE DOOR UP to secure the door entrance down, or it is never going to be right.

Now you can go round and tension up the exterior guys, once you have changed all to a thicker chord, so that they actually stay in place.

It is a slight faff to get the tension right, and I did not really bother on this first attempt getting all anally retentive about it, because I had not got the new guy ropes in.

This is also why I did NOT anchor it down lower.

Personally I think you WILL need the pole at 135cm, although I will review that opinion with time.

I also think that this is at the EXTREME of poles and would prefer to use a POLE extender.
Sadly BOB at Back Packing Light does not have one for the outer clip poles YET (fingers X)

The guys are quite long because I could NOT get them to stay in place.
If I could I would have got the outer lower down.
BUT I COULDN’T

With better guys, the overall tension would be better too.

Inside there is heaps of room.
Next time once I have done the guys, I will put the inner in and see how it really looks.

Watch this space

It is NOT pitched a a funny angle.
I just had the camera held at an angle OK

Having said that, this was my FIRST attempt and it went up easily.

I definitely need to practise a couple more times before I take it out in the real world though.

CONCLUSION

First impressions are quite good.
It is definitely good value for money.

How will it fair in a howling gale in Scotland I will let you know.

Was it a good purchase.

Appears to be a good little tent, but now it needs to earn it’s worth in a proper test.

If it is OK in Scotland in April, and in the Lakes in April, then it will go on the Challenge. If not I will take Wendy Warmlite 

Now, I just need a name for her that begins with H

Cannot be Harriet though because that is my daughters name

Watch this space!

A Rather FENTASTIC Bimble with Carl and his two children round Fen Drayton Lakes

Sun 16th Feb 2014 – Fen Drayton Lakes

See what I did there with that title?

Grace Slick РWhite rabbit 
(But Orange Jelly Babies do the same)

T’was rather disappointing to not make the trip to Windemere
(we will have to do the Howgills as well, another time),
with Carl and Lynsey last week.

 Having said that, the weather was SHIT.

And my Calf Muscle was nowhere near ready due to my own repeated stupidity the previous week.

So since the water levels were up, and I had tweeted Carl for a short walk round the converted gravel pits (now Fen Drayton Lakes), we agreed to meet up at 10.30 (ish) and go for a short walk.

I managed to persuade my daughter Harriet to come as well.
It was a close call.
She had only got up just after nine, and getting ready for H (I love her really) does take place on a Galactic Timescale.

But at 10.15 only 10 minutes late, we set off on the short drive to meet Carl.
Luckily when we got there 5 minutes late, Carl was not there either.

But he turned up a couple of minutes later and we headed up to the small car Park along the track

It was under water!
So we turned around and parked up along the old track a few hundred metres (yards in old money)  and went for a short walk.
We had a look in the car park.
Just long enough for small children and one big one to wade in the flooded water. Carl’s two children Hope and Ashley were getting used to my two dogs
 (Jasper 13 years & Hamish 21 months).

Well, Kind of.

 Jasper has a fine smile that is mainly huge teeth.

He was a lot younger in this photo.
BUT……
That is a smile honest.
Not ideally seen as a smile by the average small child I grant you.

“ALL THE BETTER TO ….. You with My Dear”

Hamish is young, exuberant and fundamentally MANIC.

We strolled a rather short distance up an extremely muddy track.

The dogs marauded.

I have pilfered a couple of Carl’s Tweeted pictures here. Hope that is OK Carl

Carl’s 2 little ones Hope & Ashley.
Great Kids.
(OK, he did take them home after)
Me (NOT IN PARAMO)
And Harriet behind stuck in the mud.

Carl’s children and Harriet’s feet got stuck in the mud.

Wellies were likely to get lost.

And after about 300 metres of MUD, we encountered 3 foot deep water all the way across.

Jasper (Right) and Hamish
That water is the path.
And the water was nearly 3 ft deep

About face and back we went.

Maybe that wider gravel track to the right near the cars may be a better idea????

We had a rather fine short walk along the track, observing a lot of water and bird life on both sides, and eventually after avoiding far too many people who thought it was much easier to drive bloody everywhere in a car (lazy bastards), we came to the guided bus crossover track.

We stopped here, and I dug out and fed Carl’s children Jelly Babies.

More than one.

The special orange ones for optimum food colouring manic overload.

 They worked.

Especially on chatterbox Hope.

All the way back Puddle jumping ūüôā

Great kids Buddy

Here are some of the photos of the views

Somewhere up in the magnificent blue sky are 4 Buzzards.
There were actually 5 but one was on scout duty

After the Jelly Baby fix, we headed back.
I had a brief chat with a chap on the other side of the track about the flooding and the Fens, and then allowing just enough time for
the Orange Food Colouring to take effect, we splashed our way back through puddles to the car.

With some more rather fine scenery

Hamish having a MAD moment at the lake.
Just ONE of many

And then we were back at the car. Time to go home
It was a rather excellent short walk.

Carl’s two had taken to the dogs.
Even the smiling one.

I was scheduled for a 28 mile off road bike round to Wicken Again in the afternoon.
Well, someone had to do it, and the weather was just too good to ignore.
Especially in light of the forecast for the rest of the week.

So, Thanks Carl, and I believe Hope and Ashley came down from
the Orange Sugar High some time later in afternoon.

 OOPS!

BROOKS GTX TRAIL SHOES REVIEW

After the demise of my truly excellent Reebok Trail Shoes that they sadly no longer make

Originally like this
After 18 months Hard Graft
and several hundred miles
(at least 700)
I had to find a NEW pair.
I like Innov 8’s for comfort, but not so much for running daily off road, and especially as they have the life expectancy of¬†
a Butterfly in a Wind Tunnel.
I often use NEW Balance, but having wider feet it means I need an E fitting in that.
And being a cheapskate I was NOT going to pay full whack.
So eventually (having used them in the past for Road Running, I went for a pair of Brooks GTX
I got these from SportsShoes via Amazon
Out of the box they looked good.
They did come up slightly smaller in fit than my Reeboks, or the Innov 8’s
I have broad feet (not quite Hobbit) so need a wide fitting
But as long as I was using thin socks this was no problem.
They did feel tight in my Sealskinz, but since they are GTX that should NOT be a problem
So, several months and a few hundred miles later, how are they doing?

Very little wear on heel cup or stitching.
Good Quality
Little sole wear
COMFORT

This is a totally subjective thing.
Never judge a review on comfort unless the person has YOUR FEET, YOUR BODY and YOUR BRAIN.
Meaning if it ain’t you it probably is not mission critical.
I have found them reasonably comfortable with the correct socks.
As I say unlike the Brooks shoes I have had in the past, I thought they came up slightly smaller. Probably about a ¬Ĺ size
But they were fine, and I am still using them.
WEAR & TEAR
These have lasted really well so far.
They have been used since about October, and the weather to say the least has been WET
They have been trough MUD HELL and back.
I would say on average they do about 25-30 miles a week minimum.
So, doing the Maths at say 4¬Ĺ month = 18 weeks at 25 a week, that is at the very least 450 miles
I have done all my running & walking with them OFF ROAD.
Well, they are TRAIL SHOES.
There is very little sign of wear on the uppers or the sole as you can see.
And more importantly, there is NO wear on the stitching in the heel cup, which is brilliant.
Because apart from wear on the soles, and fraying, this is for me the biggest failing of the Innov 8’s
So, wear and tear is very good for me.
WATERPROOF
There is NO SUCH THING as a WATERPROOF shoe
But these have been quite acceptable.
Easily as good as the Reebok’s and my old New Balance, and the Roclite GTX’s
The upper is mesh, and with some pace, they do not get breached.
Stand in a puddle with water over the mesh, then they DO leak.
Plunge your foot into a deep puddle and they fill with water, and that is it.
They have a Gortex lining and it WILL take time to dry.
BUT, having said that, they dry reasonably quickly.
You do need a stiff breeze, some time or a lot of Newspaper and a radiator.
GRIP & STABILITY
The Stability has been good.
On normal ground, the grip is also good, even in the wet.
Both walking and running and on various terrain.
The weakness appears to be in mud, where the sole is not quite up to the job.
I found in slippery mud, they slide about and you tend to lose most of the grip.
OK, they are NOT fell running shoes, and they are NOT Cross Country spikes, but they need more grip in mud.
Especially when you need that extra grip on the edges.
For me it just was not there and I slid too much.
OVERALL
So, would I consider another pair? YES, at the right price
Would I get a ¬Ĺ size bigger? YES
Will my NEXT pair of Trail Shoes be Brooks? Probably NO
Should you buy them at the full asking price? NOT in my opinion
That’s it really.
And No Music???
What is going on??
You can always click below ……………………
Tina Dico РThe Other Side 

A SMALL LIMP ROUND SWAVESEY & (Abstinence)

Sunday 2nd Feb 2014

I say a limp, because since last weeks blat along Fleam Dyke, I have had a return of the calf twinge.
So rather than really tear it, I have been very good all week keeping it iced and stretched and all manner of medical shit like that.

So it was to be a gentle stroll (no running) to have a bit of a look at the flooding Fens.

Swavesey is a good location to start, because it is an easy route out towards Needingworth or Fen Drayton.

Snowy White – Bird Of Paradise

The map is to give a rough idea of where I went.

I am guessing this, since I did not bother with maps, but knew roughly where I was going to go, give or take the odd flood or 10.

So I kind of went out this way, and kind of detoured.

Even when not flooded and in sun, the walk round here are quite nice.

The advantage of today was 3 fold.

  • It was Sunny
  • It was very wet
  • Not so many people out

I say not so many.
Luckily I got there after the Cambridge Hash, or it may have proven awkward
Especially after they bulldozed the already muddy paths into a frenzied quagmire.

But enough of that.

We parked up near the pub and with idiot young pup Hamish on a lead (for the safety of all) we headed off to the track.

I had not made my mind up at this point where to actually go, so we went kind of the wrong way, which is why we had to walk about a km later along the GUIDED BUSWAY to pick up the track I really wanted.

Which brings me to the BUSWAY.

Fucking great signs saying do NOT walk or ride on the busway.
Buses running in both directions about every 30 min I guess.

We stayed on the wide but rather underwater in places track that runs parallel.

Quite a lot of fucking idiots on foot and bikes cycling along it.

What? You cannot ride through the fucking puddles.

So after a while, and after crossing the road to Over we went along and then off rightish to follow the track out to the Ouse.

This follows the river on one side and fields on the other.

OR at the moment, A Fucking Great Lake on all sides.

I met a bloke briefly walking a spaniel, who said

There were COWS in that field the other week.

That’ll be the one.
Can you spot the Cows?
Actually it looks like this from every place you look more or less.
I am not going to describe much else.
It was quite beautiful out there today.
Except for under foot.
Underfoot was WET
Where it was not wet it was VERY VERY WET
Where it was not that wet it was THICK OOZY SLIPPERY SQUELCHY MUD

In fact in places it was so muddy, that a foot deep 20 metre long puddle was a joy just to get the crap off the trail shoes.
YES I had shoes on not wellies like most people
YES I had bloody wet feet
They are dry now.
OK, maybe not the shoes.
So some photos ….¬†
 View across the fields (WET)
All fields.
They are swans.
In fact, there was a fantastic array of water birds out today.

 This large trunk by the edge was bobbing up and down in the wind.
See the short video at the end

Two short videos in one of the windy flooded Fens today
Towards the end, I stupidly (remember the calf issue) tried to run on tip toes through a particularly long puddle.
Bearing in mind that I had already been slipping and sliding on it for ages anyway.
And the fact that my feet were already bloody soaked 
(so what the ***k was the point of running through it eh..)
Now running puts a strain on the calves.
Running on tip toes puts added strain on them.
Running on tip toes in slippery wet muddy puddles puts even more strain on it.
I felt it go again.
Just like last week when I was trying to get along Fleam Dyke in the Thunderstorm, when it went again.
So it is all my fault.
A weeks worth of recovery buggered up in a second.
I will ice it again, and NOT try running on it for at least 3 weeks.
Biking and walking appears to be ok.
It may be longer than 3 weeks if I have to go and have the knee operation on the cartilage on the left knee (second time for that one).
But that will depend upon the insurance coughing up.
I have said it before.
My BODY appears to be rejecting me.
Fair play, most people have.
So what will next week bring.
I am thinking I may have to go and earn some money.
AND That’s a Bastard ….
On top of that, I have decided to do a bit of an alcohol DETOX.
So far the next month, maybe a bit longer, once I have cracked it
(OK, NOT THE TGOC, that is IMPOSSIBLE)
I have decided to go ALCOHOL FREE.
And I don’t mean FREE ALCOHOL!
I mean NO ALCOHOL

Yes I know…….
But why???
Well, to be honest, I was just drinking too much.
Alcohol can be subtle like that extra biscuit
It just creeps up on you.
One day you are 3 stone overweight.
One day you are drinking 30+ units a week.
Neither is good for you.
I have already cracked the weight issue.
I was only 2 stone over, BUT that was 2 stone too much, and that is gone.
Now I have NO IDEA how many units a week I was doing.
It varied.
But after a long tough day/week, it is so easy to hit a glass or 5 of something.
When that something is spirits on occasions that ain’t good.
So, to preserve my insides before it is too late, I am going on an alcohol free sabbatical.
I will let you know how it goes.
I am ONLY on day 2 and the fact that I want a drink reinforces that fact that 
I should definitely NOT have one.
It has to be done!

BIKE BLAT ROUND TO WICKEN FEN AND BACK

Sun 1st December – Wicken Bike Blat

So of course by now you must realise that my BLOG does not necessarily run in a chronological order.
I have been rather busy in Oct and November being the Widow Twankey.

Yes Yes I know, you wanted to come to the show,
but it is TOO LATE NOW,
you missed it, you’ll have to wait until Nov 2014 now.

And a mighty fine show it was too.

So show over, and at a loose end rather than just being a loose woman, I set of on my bicycle round Wicken, before the bottom bracket which was NEW only 5 months ago failed miserably, which it did this Tuesday.

The weather was looking good, and armed with the trusty Samsung NC10 and just the one lens I headed off via the Swaffhams and Burwell, and then over to Wicken.

Small pond on the opposite side of the lode at Wicken
Trees across the Lode
Looking Up the Lode at Wicken
Looking back from the bridge heading over to the Windmill
Pond in Wicken
Looking across Wicken Fen towards Burwell Fen
Pretty Red Berries along the Lode
Last look along the Lode as the sun began to drop

By the time I had finished fiddling around, the sun was beginning to go down, and I realised that I did NOT have any lights so, I had to crack on a goodly pace to get back.

Luckily I got back in time.

I didn’t even take any pictures of the open moorland with all the Birds and wildfowl.

But that is for another day