Lesley and I joined up to run 7.5km through the olive groves this morning. Followed by a frappé at the cafe in front of our apartment.
Usually this little black cat sits here unchallenged, however Lesley pinched the chair while the cat was away.
Well, there were high jinks when we arrived at The Cosmos this afternoon. I thought Stelios was going to show a new trick on the mountain bike. I didn’t need to worry though, it was just a photo shoot. The day was classic Vass, beautiful weather followed by perfect 5m2 sail wind.
Arriving into Belfast on time (6:30am). We didn’t need to set an alarm as the loud cabin announcements started at 5:30. Now enjoying a nice cup of tea before disembarking.
Last time for running this route until next year. Just over 10k and nearly 400m climb. Lovely swim and finished with a frappé.
After two long flights, we arrived at Sydney Airport. It was a simple task to catch the local metro train from the airport to the station nearest our hotel. Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived during the morning commuter time. We found our hotel, and, fortunately, they found us a room straight away.
A quick shower and a change into clean clothes and we were off to explore. More details later but below are a few photos.
With short days and low temperatures, I’ve got into a routine that most hibernating mammals would recognise. As a consequence, most days start with two cups of tea in bed watching breakfast TV whilst building up to the day ahead.
This morning, however, we had a man coming! As a consequence, we were up early. I went for a run first and was lucky enough to catch a beautiful start to the day.
It’s a tradition for Ashley and his family to go to Chester Zoo just after Christmas. This year Caroline suggested that Lesley, me, and the Taggs all came along too. Good weather and a chance to spend time with my Girls, Granddaughters, Dominic and meet more of Ashley’s family was too good to miss.
I’m a lucky boy, I know that. I get to spend lots of time doing the things I like. Windsurfing, Skiing/snowboarding, running and more. Most of the time I get it right, Ski, when sunny, blue skies and lots of snow, windsurf, when it’s sunny, blue skies and lots of wind etc. This boxing day, however, conditions weren’t quite so good.
Okay, there was some blue sky, check, there was some wind, check. But, it was freezing cold, the wind direction at West Kirby NNW and not West, (it makes a difference).
This was the first time I’ve used the van since I’ve had the board racks put in. I’ve learnt a lot about what doesn’t quite work from this expedition.
I was seriously overpowered on my first sail, 5m, and I was still overpowered on the second sail, 4m. The wind direction made it a bit of a slog to get back upwind to the starting point, so not the best days sailing. Enjoyable nonetheless.
It’s Santa hat day. Unfortunately, I haven’t got one, but then I don’t need one to look silly.
Lesley and I joined Caroline and Ashley for a short run from their house this fine Christmas morning. We were even lucky enough to see a heron in full flight over the flashes.