October 19th, 2009

View from study (sunny)

Eowyn Challenge -- progress

Next destination: Rauros Falls

Miles travelled on Saturday: 6½
Miles travelled yesterday: 4 (but it felt further, due to the very rough ground!)
Miles travelled so far: 271½ (1191½ from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 117½
Percentage complete: 70%

Point reached on journey: We're still paddling the boat down the river and have now reached the lowlands between the downs and the Emyn Muil.

Where I really went...

On Saturday I went up to see my elderly Quaker friends in the morning to help exercise their dog. Their dog trainer J was there and it was interesting to see her working with Brith. I am trying to absorb all I can about dog psychology because though I know cats and horses well, I have never had much to do with dogs in the past.

In the afternoon the weather was beautifully sunny and as I still felt in need of more exercise I tried something totally different and put the bike on the car (only the second time I've used the bike carrier) and drove up to the Coed y Brenin. I ventured round the very easiest of the bike trails called, very appropriately, Yr Afon. The trail runs up one bank of the river to the waterfalls and then crosses a bridge and runs back down the other bank. The map I'd picked up on my previous visit to the mountain biking centre suggested a time of 1-3 hours, so I was pretty pleased when I did it in 1.5 hours.

However, I now have a new fitness challenge, namely to be able to cycle the entire route. I had to get off and push the bike up about 3 sections because they were too steep and/or rocky.

Yesterday I went out with G and his students on an ecology field trip to look at the peat bog. The last time we tried to go up there was last winter and we were beaten back by the icy wind. This time, though the weather was not as nice as it had been on Saturday, it just about stayed dry and was not too cold.

Approaching the peat bog

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Busy bee

Old TV and DVD player disposed of

We've put the new TV upstairs in what has become a small sitting room (though it can still be converted to a guest bedroom if necessary). But that meant that the small TV that used to be in there was now redundant. It also left us with a spare DVD player. Luckily they went very quickly when advertised in Freecycle, so they're not cluttering up the place. :)

Our local Freecycle group seems to work well. That's the second batch of stuff I've got rid of that way. I think it's time I took a look in the garage. Perhaps it might be a way to re-home some of the stuff in there?
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