Some years ago I bought a Garmin E-Trex GPS handheld device. The main reason originally was to use it as a speed indicator for the boat, until I realised that the ordinary car satnav would work just as well in that role.
It has many display options, not just speed. It gives average speed, distance covered, location and height, as well as times of sunrise and sunset etc.
One page gives a track of where it has been with a zoomable scale. In the photo below the width of the display represents 1.6 miles; the pattern indicates the various paths and roads we have walked recently. Our home is approximately in the centre.
I bought my Armond walking boots in a shop called Kyffin in Bangor, Gwynedd, in 1989. I was on attachment to the BBC there at the time, and wanted something sturdy and reliable so I could do some serious walking in Snowdonia.
As well as the boots the box they came in has somehow lasted down the years. But not the receipt. I seem to remember they cost in the region of £100 which, with inflation, would be £250 today. (I think you'd struggle to spend that much on a pair of walking boots, though.)
But they have been uncomfortable - until this week, that is. My left ankle bone always rubbed and felt bruised. On our latest lockdown walks I have persisted with the boots as they keep my feet warm and dry in all conditions - and a couple of days ago I realised they didn't hurt anymore. Hooray! After 31 years they are broken in at last.
I searched online for the shop where I bought the boots, but Kyffin in Bangor now appears to be a vegetarian restaurant. And before you comment, yes, I know they need some more dubbin!
We arrived back in Norfolk yesterday to a mountain of post. This comprised mainly Christmas cards: 41 altogether. As I cut round the stamps I thought it would be interesting to compare the numbers of first class, second class (and no stamp at all).
Of the 41 cards three had a first class stamp; 30 second class; and eight had no stamp (being hand delivered). What else can I say? Second class outnumbered first class by 10:1. More people used Christmas stamps than definitives. Nearly 20% of the cards were hand delivered. (I have realised that the last three sentences sound like the setup for a logic/maths exam question.)
First class: 1 definitive (Queen's head only); 1 "religious"; 1 "non-religious".
Second class: 19 "religious" from 2020; 2 "religious" from previous years (I believe); 8 definitive; 1 "second class up to 100g"
Walking up the Tyrley flight a couple of days ago I saw that the brickwork at the entrance to the bottom lock was damaged.
It looked like it would take only a couple more knocks for bricks to be lost into the water.
I spent a good half hour searching the CRT website for an email address to send the photos to - and failed. Actually, some of that time was trying to discover exactly which CRT region the lock is in.
Eventually I filled in the online contact form and stated that I need their email address - and up pops an automated message to say that if I need to send photos an email address would be sent. (The hoops one has to jump through! And I am trying to help!)
That was two days ago. I'm still waiting for a reply, although I accept that it is the weekend in a holiday period so things might move slowly.
Update: I have now had a response from CRT so I have emailed them the photos.
I was surprised to see ice on the Shroppie in Market Drayton yesterday. Yes, it has been cold enough, but there's always such a large amount of water coming down the Tyrley Locks that I had thought that that would prevent ice forming.
However, these moorings are downstream of a large overspill weir. I guess the excess water disappears down there.
Jan and I wish you a very Happy New Year and look forward to being able to do more boating and meeting people than we did in 2020.