Monday, June 30, 2008
After a bit of research it seems that the one to have is a Cougar Chariot, they are light, flexible (it can be pushed or pulled with lots of different attachments and can even run on skis! The best thing is that it has suspension and costs a lot of money
We are trying to get a used one from Boulder/Denver area, but if that fails I think we may have to buy a new one! Red, gold or Avocado???
Then you get to buy a jogger wheel, rotating stroller wheels or a bike hitch...
I got soaked through on a bike ride in the afternoon but the day was saved by my beer battered cod extravaganza in the evening. I couldn't bring myself to use vodka instead of water, but it worked pretty well even if I say so myself.
Sunday involved removing 4 barrow loads of weeds from the outside of the hedge and plenty of washing and general housey stuff.
I had planned to cycle to work today but in the end I couldn't face carrying the enormous weight of my bag with clothes, shoes, computer etc etc all the way so I brought it all in the car and I'll ride tomorrow without the crud.
Friday, June 27, 2008
The airport in Munich was thankfully pleasant as we had to spend a couple of hours there drinking beer before flying home.
In Munich I found a small model Lightening McQueen for J who seemed to be very pleased this morning, especially as he lost his other "red racing car" yesterday at his great grandparents house. He refuses to accept that this car is called Lightening McQueen, to him it is the "rød racerbil" and Mater the pickup truck is "li'nin'Queen".
Austria was pretty warm and very humid which meant that there were thunderstorms every day. I was pleasantly surprised by our trip, the beer was good (that is to be expected in Bavaria) and very cheap - 6 beers for €11 one evening and the town was charming. Our hotel was build as a church in 1490 and apart from the lack of air conditioning was very nice. The town sits on the river Inn and was at some point re-built in a Baroque style after a big fire.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Whilst I enjoyed the VAT discussion enormously, I am afraid that my mind did wonder from time to time and today I have mostly been pondering the subject of achievements. Not long ago (at the weekend actually I think), MK explained to me that she was resigned to moving around the world on a regular basis (to cut a long story short) because I am a miserable git and the grass will always be greener on the other side. Having pondered this for a while, I have come to the conclusion that this is not the case. At the time I had a feeling that my itchy feet were driven by something more positive than simply not liking where I am. After all, I didn’t move to France because I didn’t like Tamworth and I certainly didn’t move to Denmark because of any negative feelings about Manchester. In both cases it was simply that I wanted to add some interesting experiences to my life. Each time that you manage to move to a new country and survive the experience, you achieve something to be proud of. That is the challenge: move, settle, learn the language a bit and become part of the scenery and then what? Try something new.
This has been something of a revelation to me, I have spent some miserable hours on bicycles wondering why I was doing that. Was it really as silly as having something to show off about to colleagues and justify my existence beyond any lingering feelings of inadequacy? No, I don’t think it is (entirely). Firstly I don’t generally show off much and secondly I do these things for myself and the motivation is that feeling of having achieved something. I need to have something out in front of me as a challenge whether it is Ironman, marriage, emigration, MBA, fatherhood, 24 hours solo on a mountain bike or whatever takes my fancy next. What is important is that there is something out there that I want to do and I can take aim for otherwise why should I get out of bed in the morning. I will do the 24 hours solo at some point…
Monday, June 23, 2008
This is not ours, but it looked a lot like this at first...
Tomorrow morning I am off to Suben in Austria for 2 days and we are all hoping that there will not be any changes in the number of family members whilst we are away!
Friday, June 20, 2008
I am in the process of finding some sporting challenges for the remainder of the year, I suspect that there will be plenty of personal challenges and good excuses for not exercising so I need some sort of motivation to keep up the training that I have managed in the first half of the year. At the moment I am considering a 100km marathon mountain bike race in Hillerød at the start of October and I will look for some others to fit in around being in Iowa for a month around August.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I am now safely home from Bremen, not quite in time to get a bike ride in and I am babysitting tomorrow night so I doubt I'll manage to get out until Friday so I think I'll try to ride to work and back to make up for the lazy week.
There are some great shots of the new twins at Gill's Elevenses and I hope that J and T have fun at their joint christening at the weekend. Sorry we can't be there.
The Becks Brewery from the other side of the river, enjoying the first 3 samples...
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I am quite nervous about the prospect of riding for 24 hours, it is the motivating myself to keep going when I can so easily sit down and have a hot-dog instead that makes it hard. Races from A to B are easy because you stop when you get to B. These multiple lap races are another challenge altogether. I guess there'll be a report on Monday. Have a good weekend.
Check out Big William's World for some pictures...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The good weather is coming to an end here so MK decided that it was high time to buy some garden furniture. That can only mean one thing: A trip to Ikea and the opportunity to disagree about stuff. My approach to the exercise was to acquiesce to anything and come home with whatever it took to make the home maker happy and I think we more or less succeeded in that mission. We now have the above table and 4 chairs (3 of which are still in their foetal flat pack stage), some cushions, several large plastic boxes for "stuff in the basement" and a number of boxes for "stuff upstairs". We are planning a course of tidying by putting things in boxes. This is an approach that I hope will prove quite successful and at the same time merely hide the mess behind fancy cardboard wall.
The heaviest item of the trip was the 37kg chest of drawers for J's room. I can't believe you can get such a heavy piece of furniture for so little money. Now I need to brush up on the flat pack construction skills...
Monday, June 09, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Anyway, as a result I have just spent 550kr (>$100) at the post office mailing stuff to buyers and bought some cheap training wheels (not to be confused with stabilisers) for the road bike rather than replace the cracked rim and I have ordered more or less everything that I need to build my new commuting/winter training bike.
I can't wait until the parcels start arriving, but apparently the frame will be 4-5 weeks...
Today J has been at the beach with Mormor and we are going over there for a barbecue, it will have to be good to compete with MKs marinaded ribs last night though...
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I have had a fair amount of success selling our stuff, the only thing remaining to sell is the saddle and MK has to find out something about it before we have any idea what it is worth. My Cannondale mountainbike went last night and I am meeting someone with the other bike tomorrow evening. I can now get ordering the replacement and have a fair amount at my disposal without having to add to the budget from sold items.
The tomato plant
The weather has been very dry and sunny here for a while now so the lawn is going brown and we are recycling J's bathwater to keep our new fruit trees and bushes alive. I hope there isn't a faint taste of wee in the fruit! Another consequence of the weather is that the pollen count is super high so itchy eyes and running noses seem to be the order of the day all round.
The walnut tree.
It's rather exciting to see that I have reached 20 000 hits in about 27 months. I'm quite pleased with that :-)
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
This is pretty annoying to be honest as I have no desire to buy new wheels for this bike and I can't get a matching back wheel for the front any more as they are out of date. What to do? Well I think there are 2 options. Either I get new nice wheels that are of the same quality as the rest of the bike and think about any future changes being bits at a time, or I buy some cheaper training wheels that should be super strong and then when I want a new bike in a couple of years, I can get the whole thing in one go.
I really didn't want to write another bike post, but this was sort of forced upon me. The pollen count here is crazy at the moment and I have super itchy eyes, but I'll take that over cold and wet any day.
Tomorrow I'll let you see how my new glasses look and reveal the drawbacks of buying on-line...
Sunday, June 01, 2008
On Saturday we hit the beach in the morning for a couple of hours and a picnic before heading to our favourite fish mongers to get something for the evenings barbecue. It turned out to be some lesser variety of trout with white flesh that tasted of muddy water, but It came off the barbecue reasonably well with some of our home grown parsley and lovage inside it.