Featured Photos February 9, 2024 – A Run in the Sun

Featured Photos February 9, 2024 – A Run in the Sun

I often run up to the nearby reservoirs of Tottiford, Kennick and Trenchford because I can step out the front door and just start, running from one lane to the next.

It’s pretty much uphill all the way, but it’s good for the legs, and I’m rewarded by lovely views when I get there.

Also, it’s mainly downhill on the return journey, so there’s that.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Featured Photos January 23, 2024 – A Seaside Town

Featured Photos January 23, 2024 – A Seaside Town

I entered a half marathon in Dawlish recently. It was mainly a trail run and a hard slog over rutted, muddy paths. The first half was a long, long climb but it did deliver some lovely views.

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Featured Photos January 15, 2024 – Light and Dark by the Sea

Featured Photos January 15, 2024 – Light and Dark by the Sea

The nearby seaside town of Teignmouth is handy for a walk by the sea. I took a few photos as the sun dipped toward the horizon.

Not used as a lighthouse, as far as I know, this little chap has a cheery red glow at night.

The poor old pier was damaged by the storms this winter.
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Wintry Walks – Featured Photos for January, 2024

Wintry Walks – Featured Photos for January, 2024

We’ve had some lovely dry days recently, and a wintry walk makes a nice change after the Christmas festivities.

Pictured below is the Trenchford reservoir, a favourite walk with lots of the locals around here.

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Finally Festive – Featured Photos for December, 2023

Finally Festive – Featured Photos for December, 2023

I’m behind with my Christmas preparations, as usual, but I finally got my mincemeat made for the pies. No real recipe this year – I just used whatever dried fruit and spices I had. The white pieces are toasted cashews. I don’t use suet and never have – I don’t see why anyone would add fat to a sweet preserve. There are chopped dates, nice big raisins, the zest and juice from a couple of oranges and a lemon, cinnamon, soft brown sugar and candied ginger. I didn’t have port, but there was a bottle of whisky lying around so I used that and added a glug of red wine, which I figure amounts to the same thing. Boil it up, simmer and place in a sterilised jar. There should’ve been mixed spice or at least nutmeg, but it still tasted good, so I don’t think anyone will notice.

A trip to Winchester. the city was very attractive with its Christmas decorations. Above are a small contingent of a brass band playing festive songs by the tree. It took me back to my childhood, watching Kirkbymoorside Brass Band playing Silent Night, one of my mum’s favourites, in the glow of a streetlight.

I wish I had photos of the lights at night, but it was bitterly cold so I wasn’t hanging around to take pictures. Sorry about that.

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Cool Runnings – Featured Photos for November, 2023

Cool Runnings – Featured Photos for November, 2023

This was after the Park Run in Winchester. Minus 2 degrees Celsius, so my hands were in my pockets with good reason. Still, I followed a pacer (a volunteer who sticks to a certain pace) and managed to keep up with him, covering the 5K in under 24 minutes. This was a personal best for me, so I had the warm glow from a sense of achievement.

A sprinkling of snow, a rarity in Devon where wet and mild is the rule. This is the view from my writing room, out over the allotments and to the hills beyond, though the hills are partly lost in the mist.

Not gorillas in the mist but cows. I took this photo while I was out on a run, enjoying the solitude of the Devon lanes. I wasn’t so keen on the drizzle that came later, but it was still good to be out and about.

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