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Feb. 5th, 2015



Reading. Georgette Heyer, in large quantities. I'm tired - basically exhausted. January was a long month, and February isn't going to feel much better at the current rate of progress. I want to get out on my bike. I want not to be tired.

I want not to whinge, so I'll shut up now.

Oct. 13th, 2013


in which quince are found

Looking out of the window at the (rather wild) garden, I noticed that the quince tree which I had thought moribund seemed to have some unusually yellow leaves - unusual because the rest of the leaves haven't even begun to turn colour yet. Then I realised that they aren't leaves, they're ripe quince. This makes me oddly happy for some reason – the tree seemed to have no fruit this year (and last year had only one quince, which fell too early to be of any use). So I have three quince in the kitchen, waiting to be used for … something. Maybe marmelada. Maybe dessert. Maybe chutney (although probably not, as we still have chutney from last year).

In the oven is a vension fall stew (with apples, cider, and assorted root vegetables) slow-cooking its way into dinner. Apple sauce is defrosting, as I think some sort of crumble/crisp is in order with this weather. The apple tree has, as usual, made up for any heretofore-perceived lack of quinces, so I have a freezer half-full of apple sauce. The chutney on the shelf that means that the quince won't make it into more chutney is from last year's apple harvest. It's a small but enthusiastic tree.

Have been debating going out on the bike, but the jetlag that had me sleeping until midday is still making its presence felt, and I'd prefer not to push my luck.

Reading: just finished Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg (an actual book, acquired from the bargain section of Barnes & Noble in Union Square when looking idly around for something to while away the 10 minutes or so when one cannot read an iPad on a plane).

Oct. 6th, 2013



Steaming gently, drinking coffee in Starbucks whilst waiting for the bike hire place to open and drying off from the walk from the T. Wondering why I'm even still contemplating the ride, watching the rain drip from umbrellas. It was sluicing off the roof of Quincy Market as I walked past.

Reading: random news sites in my phone

Oct. 4th, 2013


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... notes the tumbleweed in this journal. Maybe it's time to start writing again (which probably means LJ is about to close but, hey, whatever). Tumblr isn't right for writing - it makes a lovely scrapbook but the format just doesn't work for anything more than quotes. I'm not quite egotistical enough to start a wordpress or similar site for the rather random stuff I've previously put up here. So, back to LJ.

Autumn's here, with a vengeance. Hill repeats in the damp dark up Holywell Hill should win me some sort of karma. But autumn also means sweaters and a tweed jacket, which are warm and comfortable. And the hill repeats were followed by a hot shower which feels like the height of luxury when you come in cold & wet from cycling.

Work is busy, which is good after a rather quiet June/July - the bank account looks a bit less perilous as some clients have actually paid up recently. Self-employment has many benefits but does rather involve the odd sleepless night trying to figure out finances when work is slow or clients are slow to pay.

Everything else is taking a bit of a back seat - reading & knitting mixed in a little, though.

Reading: Crazy Salad - Nora Ephron

Aug. 3rd, 2013


4am alarm

The cycling is easy, it's the stupidly early start that's giving me a sense of humour failure. I'm doing the RideLondon100 with 19,999 other cyclists (give or take a few ...) tomorrow & logistics for my set start time means leaving at 5am, so waking at 4am (I need coffee & porridge!)

Still, should be an experience - cycling through London on closed roads!


Mar. 10th, 2013


Mordor achieved

Have been rather remiss with progress here (updates on Twitter instead), but can say that Mordor was achieved yesterday. Apparently one can simply cycle into Mordor.

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Nov. 13th, 2012


back on the road

Work and procrastination and so on and so forth, but I'm back on the bike. Out at dawn this morning, cycling east on the outward loop, into a gorgeous morning.

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Oct. 31st, 2012


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Flight is going, the hotel has power, so it looks like I'm off to New York tomorrow. Will be interesting ...

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Oct. 25th, 2012


... well, that was a long silence ...

Work. More work. Opera (backstage, not singing). Not enough cycling. The opera was a new piece - all remarkably calm and non-meltdown in production. I loved it (doing the production. Still can't see the point of opera as an art form).

I have signed up for the Ride Across Britain (aka John O'Groats to Lands' End by bike via Every Single Hill We Can Find - judging by the elevation profile). This is in an attempt to ensure I actually get out on the bike.

Reading: client papers, to prepare skeleton argument to be filed at court by Monday pm (but will be in parts West on Monday so it actually has to be done by Monday morning). Also reading Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker.

Books bought: none today, tho' Amazon has told me that the book I ordered on Eichler some time back has been dispatched.

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Nov. 21st, 2011



Well on the way on the East Road - by way of the Burke-Gilman trail and Recycled Cycles in Seattle - awesome, just fabulous. As is the Elliott Bay Bookstore, as ever.

Reading: oh, lots of stuff, mostly on Kindle app
Bought: Driving Home by Jonathan Raban and Bicycle Times

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