Rain watcher
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 Strangely enough, I’ve been spending a lot of time on this page over the last few days.

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A break in the weather
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You may have heard in the news that we’re suffering from some bad weather and flooding here in the UK. Pretty much the worst on record. Much of England has been hit, but we’ve been really fortunate that, although we live within spitting distance of the Thames, it still hasn’t broken the banks where we

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London Bikeathon 2007
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We’ve signed up for the London Bikeathon on the 15th of July. This is a fun jaunt through the City of London, starting out in Chelsea. Maddie’s been great on the various rides we’ve taken along the towpath so we think she’ll enjoy it, and we have the flexibility of picking the 13 or 26

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Blue Tit at home
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Blue Tit at home by rbanks. After a good degree of jelousy over Shannon’s cousin Andrea’s nesting (American) robins I’m pleased to say that we have some ‘pet birds’ of our own. We’ve seen a grey shape flitting in and out of the sparrow box that I set up in the porch for a number

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Gas meter intsallation
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So, we’ve just received a letter from British Gas saying they need to change our gas meter. They need us to be home between 8am and 8pm on the scheduled day. Does a requirement of someone being home for 12 hours seem reasonable to you? Particularly when the later half of this cuts straight through

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LONDON /moleskinecity.com » London Markets
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Good overview of London markets. Worth setting time aside if you’re visiting. I personally recommend Borough Market, Camden Lock and Spitalfields… Link to LONDON /moleskinecity.com » London Markets

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Office retreat
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 One day I’d like to have a garden office retreat like this one. Not that I have anything to retreat from. Just somewhere to go to get work done. I’d need a small workshop stuck on the side, though, with a cutting mat. Or maybe a laser cutter. Spruce House

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Easter Eggs
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Easter Eggs by rbanks. I guess we’re only a day late, if Sunday is the tradional day for making, hiding and finding eggs. Anyway, we made these today. I decided to blow my three. It took me an hour to blow one, during which I nearly passed out. The other two of mine are therefore

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Finally cycling
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Finally cycling by rbanks. After the biggest pain getting hold of a bike seat that would fit a 16 month old, we finally hit the towpath today, cycling from home up to Penton Hook Lock and back again. A decent amount of distance for a first try, Maddie was totally into it (especially with all

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The changing Thames
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Here’s a couple of shots I took at the same point on the edge of the Thames. This is downriver in Staines at the edge of Ashby Lammas park. You can see what a difference a month makes. Fortunately, the river never even came close to breaching the towpath up near our house. March:  April:

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