Sunday, 19 November 2017

A short walk ...

 ... that we take each morning to the bus stop at Mill End
 Young calves under cover at Westfield Farm
... enjoying breakfast on Wednesday morning (Nov 16)
 And on Thursday morning just after 9am

 ... just above freezing
... as we set off once again to the bus stop and the gym
 I hope they survive the day!
 Looking across Mill Lane towards the Chiltern Hills
Busses along the A4155 Reading - High Wycombe are usually single deckers but this morning it's a double decker ... what a treat! We could see over the walls of the farm and houses as we travelled.
 Cold, frosty, winter days with clear blue skies
... usually promise wonderful sunsets and we weren't disappointed!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Clear skies and clear water

Sunday afternoon (12 Nov) feeling a bit restless I decided to go for a walk to blow the cobwebs away
I walked through the marina and onto the weir path

The arctic wind was soooo cold my gloveless hands ached as I held the camera for the pictures

... but it was worth it for the beautiful light
Clear water of the mill stream in which we're moored

Tumbling water from the one open weir
... making its way back into the river
Wow, what a day!

Intense sunshine and shadows

Maximum temperature all day was 9°c but felt like 5 in that biting wind
The sun had dropped a little lower when I took these two photos
... of two planes taking off from Heathrow with the still strong sun shining on their vapour trials.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The gym ...

Monday (6 Nov) day one at the gym.

All went well.  We arranged to meet with a personal trainer for a one-to-one induction on Wednesday morning and in the meantime we were given a quick introduction to the equipment and its use and and then were left to own devices.  We recognised a few, the rolling road and the cross trainer, but some looked more like torture devices than anything else!  Anyway, we spent an hour trying out some of the various exercise machines and spoke to a couple of gym enthusiasts working out for bits of advice on various machines and went home feeling good about our plan.  

The hour with Margaret, the personal trainer, went well on Wednesday.  One at a time we were asked questions about our health and general fitness and she took some measurements - arms, waist and thighs and we were weighed. She then took each of us to the various pieces of equipment that would help us achieve our goals and showed us how to use them completing a schedule for us to use giving details of the order in which to use the equipment, how many sets and repetitions to do and what weights to use. We did just one set of each of those recommended and by the end of that session, I at least, was rather hot and sweaty!

Thursday was hard not least of all trying to find the equipment in the correct order and remember how to adjust them to fit our own requirements and found that most of the weights Margaret had indicated for us were too heavy so the exercises were done using less weight to start with.  By the end of Friday's session my muscles were certainly aching!

Not a lot got done on Still Rockin' in the afternoons as we relaxed and snoozed the tiredness away. 
A dramatic scene at the marina on Friday morning, we've had heavy rain all through the last two nights and I don't think it's finished with us yet!

The weekend has been busy though ...
George loves small spaces!  Here he's inside the wardrobe altering the shelving to make better use of the space

... and here he's in the cupboard in the galley.  We've upgraded the old water filter system removing the old filter which served all the cold water to the kitchen and replaced it with a better filter to a newly installed drinking water tap

... and the same in the bathroom, out with the old filter and in with the new one

... and voila we have working taps for our fresh drinking water!

So as I said ... a very busy and successful weekend
... back to the gym tomorrow.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

A big day ...

Monday November 6th ...
 At 8:30 
 .... there was still a ....
 ... a hard frost and it was cold!

Today was our first day ...
... and my first pair of trainers!

We've taken out memberships at Marlow Leisure Centre, mainly for the gym, and are both feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety on our first day.  We want to try to regain the fitness, stamina and tone lost over the past couple of years as we've got older and have decided to attend every weekday morning for the length of our stay here in Hambleden.....    Wish us luck!