Papered over (2).

A day spent house-making. The old cooker is out, the new one in place. Radiators are ready and waiting for the plumber.

Soon to be hidden under wallpaper behind a radiator is this sketch.. Drawing over polyfiller is not as easy as plaster. The texture is too rough which made subtle marks difficult to achieve. Perhaps a hard grade of pencil would suit better.

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Cool sun.

11°C, still with bright sun.

Rode the Racelite possibly for the last time before winter.

It took some warming up, but the usual rule worked – 1/2 hour or 8 miles, whichever comes first. 35 miles is a but short for a Sunday ride so I did some intervals.

In all, the ride was just a shade under 50km.

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19°C rain.

Back home, decorating. Some pressure is on, a new heating system is to be fitted next week I’m taking the opportunity to fit column radiators. The old flat radiators are off leaving the wall exposed for redecoration. Repapering the hallway was easy, the old paper came of easily in large sheets.

A sketch, now under wallpaper.

Preparing the living room was not so easy. It started easily, the paper peeled in large sheets. This soon revealed a problem. The plaster has long cracks that criss-cross. I decided to lever off a loose bit.

There is a gap between the sill and the top course of bricks so I sprayed polyethylene foam. Later the same day, the base coat of plaster was in.

This photo shows the skim coat. It’s not as flat as I’d like but it will be hidden by the new radiator.

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Stormy ride

19°C, grey, damp and strong wind S. Storm Calum.

Needed this ride all day but it was torrential this morning.

Recently, I have used the HDR effect on cycling photos. This one is similar, called ‘Drama’.

I quite enjoy cycling in darkness, more so with my brightest lights. For today, this 200 lumin will suffice. Its beam is narrow and that gives the advantage of reach. The light patch can be aimed further ahead. Modern lights usually offer many different brightness options as well as flashing modes. Combinations across the two headlights suit different conditions. In traffic, I typically have 1 set to flashing mode. Later on, the brightest light is aimed at pothole leave while the other is aimed further ahead. Two identical lamps would not work as well.

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Ride home into the sun.

19°C, sun and breeze S

Commuting ride on the old Arrow.

A fine sunny ride home from work. The ride in this morning was spectacular. Half an hour in, the sun peeped above Rivington hill as it rose. For me, sunrise was a little late because of the height of the hill. I rode along quiet tracks and roads across peaty farmland. Soon the brightness would be a nuisance as I neared work.

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Night machines

18°C, clear for a sunset.

Rode Racelite to Tartleton. It’s been warm today but the clear sky will allow that to escape.

Southport Pier.

I’m playing here with my new phone. It has an HDR function built into the camera. I doubt that it’s genuine HDR, more likely a gamut curve rather than merged multiple exposures.

Tonight is also the first time this bike has visited the seaside since I lived in Bristol.

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A simple pleasure.

11°C clear with light N.

I rode Arrow with MapMyRide+! Distance: 13.68km, time: 41:31, pace: 3:02min/km, speed: 19.77km/h.

Out for a spin along the seafront, mainly to watch the sunset. It’s good living here.

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I’m back on.

11°C dull with soft drizzle.

I rode The Jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 25.58km, time: 01:23:00, pace: 3:15min/km, speed: 18.49km/h.

That was a whole week of cycling lost to an enigmatic virus. Now I’ve returned to normal, now work can resume on the house. Time is pressing now because the new central heating will be fitted in 2 weeks. Beforehand, I must remove the relevant radiators, strip and replace the wallpaper behind. Most pressing of all, the new radiators should be orderes in good time. I’m going for column radiators in a few key places- the living room, master bedroom and hallway.

The living room radiator is in an annoying place behind the sofa and the master bedroom’s rad is just too small,

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Empty legs.

Sunny and light wind. 16C

I rode Mustang. with MapMyRide+! Distance: 18.82km, time: 57:40, pace: 3:04min/km, speed: 19.58km/h.

That was a short ride in the windy sunshine. Outings like these can be refreshing but,this was different. It fekt like running on empty, a portent to a cold probably. I’ll take a few days off the bike and see how it develops.

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Awkward route.

16°C, bright sun and dry.

I rode commute on Mustang with MapMyRide+! Distance: 33.94km, time: 01:37:43, pace: 2:53min/km, speed: 20.84km/h.

Before the ride home from work, I looked at Google maps to find an alternative route. Though the ride down Parbold Hill is fun, there is a horrible bottleneck at the bottom. There must be an alternative. There is and I don’t mind a few miles extra if the roads are quiet. The real problem is its complexity, so many turns and each an opportunity for error.

It was these errors that caused problems. First, a tiny single-track lane, next was the busy road through Burscough. Dodging traffic with low sun in you eyes was difficult.

Next time will be better.

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