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Weeknotes #164 — Evaporated

Bristol

Bristol

Although we were no longer on a ‘proper’ holiday, I had another week away from work. This one seems to have quickly evaporated without me making much headway into my personal to-do list.

A week in which I:

  • Took my youngest boy for an eye test and booked myself in for one, the first since before the pandemic.
  • Had two visits from our plumbing insurance company to try and resolve the issue with our immersion heater electrics. The first guy turned up to tell me that he didn’t fix ‘unvented’ things (like immersion heaters), only ‘vented’ things (like boilers). This resulted in a second guy turning up, who took a look for two seconds and then told me the electricity supply to the immersion isn’t covered under our insurance. What a waste of time.
  • Took a trip to Ross-on-Wye to see my wife’s parents for the day. We stayed overnight and travelled to Bristol the next day to visit my brother-in-law, his wife and our newest nephew. Children really grow up quickly when you don’t see them day-to-day. He’s six months old already and so different to when we saw him last time, with his lovely smile being beamed to everyone. As we went to find a spot to eat our lunch, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw a giant seagull take someone’s wrap from their hands as they ate.
Stuff in the muddy riverbanks in Bristol

Stuff in the muddy riverbanks in Bristol

  • Travelled into London to see Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Trains into and out of Euston were cancelled all weekend due to engineering works, so we planned to go into town via the tube from Chesham. But when we got there, the line had stopped running due to an incident. Our only choice was to bite the bullet and drive in, paying the congestion charge and parking as close to the theatre as we could. The venue is lovely to look at but let down by modern impracticalities — the un-amplified voices of the actors were regularly drowned out by the sounds of passing aircraft and helicopters, and as it was so hot we saw four people in the audience collapsing and being taken out in wheelchairs. It was fun to go once, but I won’t do it again.
London was busier than I have seen it in years

London was busier than I have seen it in years

  • Paid a visit to Deco Audio in Aylesbury to pick up my repaired CD player and browse the second-hand vinyl. I was very restrained, picking up only a couple of records. I’ve wanted to get the player up and running again as quite a few boxed sets I’ve bought recently have included CDs. Playing them over the air in the house isn’t quite the same as settling down to listen to something physical.
  • Had a sunny Sunday lovely afternoon at a friends’ house, with drinks and nibbles in the back garden.
  • Spent a lot of the week exercising. I feel like I’ve been overdoing it a little bit and could do with a lie-in, and Strava seems to agree. But I’m also conscious that I will be back at work next week and won’t be able to exercise on the days that I go into the office. Ideally I’d like to keep up the running habit that I got into in Málaga alongside my bike riding. It has been brilliant to get back out riding outside on multiple days.
This week’s efforts

This week’s efforts

Riders passing us on Saturday as our group stopped to solve a puncture

Riders passing us on Saturday as our group stopped to solve a puncture

A beautiful place to stop

A beautiful place to stop

Next week: Seeing my brothers and their families for the first time in a long time, a couple of album club evenings, and getting back to work.

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