I visited my town of birth for a dental check-up tonight. Nothing remarkable but the light show helps give the sparse high street a Christmas feel. And so it should, for £500,000.

It is getting harder to keep the pace for #100DaysToOffload. Day time work is back to normal levels, and screentime is becoming an issue. But not all screentime is a strain, especially when I’m streaming the 1970s.

Isn’t running supposed to get more comfortable with training? I’ve been running for over six years, and it’s feeling harder these days. If I go any slower, I won’t be able to pass pedestrians.

Tonight I experimented for the first time trying to capture the moon. As the lunar body rose in the sky, it came to reinforce my sense of belonging. Right here, right now. I don’t want to be anywhere else. 📷

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Only one day remaining for the microblogvember challenge. I can hardly believe the end of November is upon us.

I took today at a pedestrian pace. After springing out of bed at 11 am, I proceeded to drink coffee, research mini tripods for the new iPhone and then cut the grass.

Next, light the fire, put dinner on and enjoy some nostalgic 1970s TV.

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At this time, I find myself judging people purely on whether or not they are wearing a mask. Is this good or unhealthy?

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A recent dilemma that I’ve pondered is whether or not to keep three blogs. The challenge is not about writing, because the volume would be the same. I am more concerned about the cost and the sense of spreading content across three sites.

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It’s strange how some days I could run forever, and other times like today I can’t wait to stop. 🏃🏃‍♀️📷

…to meet friends and family on Christmas Day might mean having to bury the same people weeks later.

The UK government’s decision to ease restrictions could have dire consequences for the New Year.


I realise it’s time to adjust my eating habits.

For the first six months of the pandemic, I lost a stone, but some weight has crept back on. If there’s one thing I need to do, it’s to stop using pancakes as a plate to hold my butter.

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When I browse through the TV listings, I often wonder why so many shows are made, and if anyone watches.

Who would set their recorder or rush downstairs from the WFH room to see Outback Truckers at 5 pm? Or get out of bed to see Mega Shippers at 3 am?

The call of the open road helped me to complete a six-mile run. 🏃🏃‍♀️

Discoveries today included an ancient ring fort and a lonely standing stone. I had not seen them before.

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The UK nations have agreed on Christmas COVID arrangements which permit households to mix and people to travel.

Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK

The Scrooge in me thinks this will be a mistake and lead to a COVID surge in January.

Fewer living parents and the COVID pandemic mean less provision is needed this Christmas. Times change and I knew they would, but not when exactly.

As ever, I am grateful for the companionship of my wife today and every day.

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With the new iPhone, this afternoon, I tried to capture the buzzards flying overhead. As is typical, once I opened the skylight and grabbed the phone, the two large adult birds moved out of sight. The bird’s distinctive call always gets me to look up.

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He couldn’t take his eyes away from her bare arm. When he blew on her skin, the goosebumps betrayed her fake sleep.

Without speaking, he took his clothes to another room. Whatever happens, he must reach the border by dawn.

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As long as the ad blocker I use works; I’ll enjoy YouTube. BBC reports YouTube increases the number of ads. This will be to the detriment of user experience. Users should not allow Google to pressure them into the premium version.

Winter is my least favourite season, but there is still much to appreciate: open fires, clear starry skies and the serenity of the countryside. The picture below was taken in January 2018 beside our home, looking towards the old church on the hill.

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Jules is enjoying the sunshine. Today is Caturday, isn’t it?

I decided to treat myself to some Sparks while doing some chores. I’m amazed these guys are still publishing new music .🎶 Nevertheless, new stuff couldn’t be as good as the past - WRONG All That

Plan for Saturday:

  • Move some utensils, that have been stored away for months, into the new kitchen.
  • Tidy the WFH study.
  • Buy firewood.
  • Visit Mum.

In that order.

On my run, I saw an example of laziness. Why would anyone think it okay to dump containers of oil at the side of the road? Did they think the waste would fade away under the water?

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Apologies to anyone tired of hearing about new iPhones. I’ll not mention the new phone again after today. I promise. 😊

After five days with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, I made an interesting discovery. It’s not as big as some reviewers say. Here are my first impressions.

I should have listened to my conscious instead of wasting money on a screen protector for the new iPhone. As soon as I popped a case on the phone, big Mr Air Bubble appeared. The screen protector and case don’t mix. Never again.

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