Day 244 – Thin Blue Line…

This building has been the Police Station in Whitchurch for over 150 years, but is now for sale as a result of ‘reorganization’ – a euphemism for cuts in a service that has seen a reduction of over 22,000 officers over the last 10 years… Latest government promises are to reverse these cuts, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Whitchurch Police Station – iPhone XR
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Day 243 – Best Lunch Ever…

My favourite lunch – carpaccio of beef. We chill it for a couple of hours in the freezer, cut it thinly and then flatten it between sheets of cling film. Then serve with rocket leaves, parmesan cheese and a home made mustard dressing. Tasty!

Beef Carpaccio – iPhone XR

Day 242 – Fruits Of My Labour…

Well, vegetables actually… The green runner beans have done reasonably well this year, despite the very mixed weather, but are now coming to an end. I planted yellow courgettes for the first time, and after an uncertain start they are coming thick and fast. And as for the onions – they are huge! Most of them are a good 4-5 ins across, so just need to dry them off for storage. Not shown is the final crop of rhubarb – probably about 4lbs this time. Most will get frozen for use later, but I will definitely use some to make rhubarb vodka for Christmas!

Vegetable crop – iPhone XR

Day 241 – Best Foot Forward…

It’s been a while since we last did any real running (2012 when we ran a full 10km race). I like to think we could still manage to run a modest distance, so starting the training very slowly – aim is to build up to 5km over the space of a month or so, and see where we go from there. It’s good to get out in a morning!

Running shoes – iPhone XR

Day 240 – Ready To Roll…

Advancing years and the hilly terrain around here have made cycling somewhat of a challenge, so last year we swapped our regular bikes for electric. It’s made a huge difference. Slight problem is that the bike carrier we had for the car wasn’t up to carrying the new e-bikes (they weigh around 22kg each). This is the replacement carrier all set up and ready to go.

Bike carrier installation- iPhone XR

Day 239 – Back Here Again…

This is the bar of The Mermaid pub, in Wolverhampton. I’ve been visiting this pub for over 50 years now, and met my wife here one fateful evening 46 years ago. She was working behind the bar – we ‘clicked’ and were married in less than a year. Our visit today wasn’t particularly successful – the atmosphere and service was ‘ok’, but the food was truly dreadful. It’ll be a while before we come here again!

The Mermaid, Wolverhampton – iPhone XR