Wednesday, July 26, 2006


By the by one of my pics from today's little jaunt was considered so stunningly spectacular that it was featured on BBC South Today this evening.....Sally Taylor even mentioned me by name....I'm available for requests, weddings etc and will charge £1,000 an hr ;-)

Something's Gotta Give

So it's another hot and somewhat muggy day today. Had a thunderstorm last night, albeit a fleeting one and it passed over our little town in less than half an hour. The roads were completely dry by the morning and considering we've had this weather for weeks now with only one rainy day...something's got to give and I have a feeling it's going to be tonight or tomorrow.

It's a shame that I'm home in Bognor rather than the flat in Southampton at the mo since I'd love to watch a thunderstorm from the tallest building in the city....or not, maybe I'd be shitting bricks...but it would be pretty amazing none the less.

Went for a walk over Cocking Down today with my pa which was nice even if I had to ring out my t-shirt for sweat when I got in. My left knee has been a little sore ever since I cycled to Clog's family fun day at Climping last Friday and spent the next three hours being a big kid on the bouncy castle there, still it's was bloody good fun!!

I thought the stroll would help to stretch out whatever the problem is but I'll have to see, it still feels a bit sore. I really want to get out on my bike again. The only problem with that is that I've done all of the shorter rides in this area and the places I like the most are a 20 odd mile round trip....not to good for the knee. I guess I could go walking with the pa more but his organization leaves a lot to be desired and he has a tendency to go for the hilliest walks he can find...usually associated to his beating which he does in the winter months.

Ooo, I think I hear thunder....I love thunderstorms, used to terrify me as a kid but the bigger and more frequent the lightening the better I say...Bring it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Yes we're having a heatwave and by definition alone it's f**king hot!! so what do people do on a day like today (temps reaching 32 degrees C); beach it and have a swim, stay in the shade, cold showers, think cool and less is more right? wrong I took a leisurely cycle (again) taking me from Bognor to Chichester to Bosham and to the Witterings via the ferry, then back to Bognor....and I didn't undertake this little jaunt early in the morning or this evening as any sensible we're talking heat of the day.

I got through around 3 1/2 of 4 litres of water and took a cold shower when i got phew!! Now I'm knackered and my left knee is giving me jip (like an arthretic pensioner) and so, considering I'm to cycle to Clog's fun day on Friday, the bike is staying in the shed for the rest of the week.

Oh, just remembered I saw Superman Returns last night which was actually pretty good. Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was a very good choice as he pulled it off really well. The opening credits, which have retained John Williams' score and the title effects, were fantastic. It made me think 'this is what it must have been like to watch Star Wars (IV) for the first time....It was very cool and definitely has to be seen on the big screen!!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Summer's Day Relaxing

And by relaxing I mean another little bike ride, in short to Kingley Vale (though not up it) via Chi and Bosham on one of the hottest days so far....yes I'm mad but I don't care because I was eating ham and cheese sarnies and reading Wilbur Smith in a valley with glorious sunshine and felt like I could have been the last person on the planet!

Will beach it tomorrow as I wouldn't wantto overdo it.

In other news Your results:
You are Hulk
Green Lantern
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Iron Man

You are a wanderer with
amazing strength.

Not sure who green lantern is/was but the Hulk sounds about right as anyone who knows me realises that's you wouldn't like me when I'm angry....grrr argh!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Outdoors Girl

I had an errand today which should have taken around ten minutes to cycle to the post office and send off a parcel to Ally in N. Ireland.....I left the house on my bike at around 11am and then didn't get back until after 4pm.

Did I get lost....No. I just didn't feel like going back to the house, so I took myself on a little cycling trip around Bognor and Chichester. I just kind of made it up while I went along; passed my old house at West Meads and then to Tesco to buy a sarnie via my old schools. I headed out to the Chi back road (which is across town from Tesco) and intended to cycle as far as Mundham but then I was still enjoying my little ride so I took to canal towpath at Hunston into Chi. I had half my sandwich and decided to cycle to Bosham....but I took a wrong turn some where and ended up at Dell Quay via the Chichester Marina (never mind).

I fully intended to carry on to Bosham but as it was 2.30pm already figured I'd better head home....Though I couldn't help a diversion through South Mundam on the way through (cute little village cottages and corn fields what's not to love) where I polished off my remaining tucker sitting under a tree next to a cornfield (shame it wasn't cucumber sarnies with ginger beer as it would've been very Enid Blyton esque).

I peddled back through the gate somewhen after 4pm and, I don't mind saying, my tousche hurts....A day relaxing in the garden is the plan for tomorrow, and after the twenty odd miles I rode today it's well deserved.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Summer Holiday Cornish Stylee

What can I say about the Cornish coast....Absolutely breathtaking and as for my recent holiday there it was the most enjoyable time I've had since my trip round the world nearly 6 years ago.

I got up to plenty; clifftop walks, swimming, surfing (well coasting into the beach whilst not falling off the board anyhoo), visiting ancient Arthurian castles, catching up with mates in various parts of Cornwall, oodles of sun worshipping, visiting a few film locations ( Poldark, Doc Martin, The Witches and Rescue) and general funess. Can't wait to go back!!!

Weirdest Moment: being woken up by Tom at stupid o'clock at night who then informed me that a Cow was sticking his head into the tent and was coming to join such cow was present, the silly bugger was having a dream.

manliest Moment: After chilling out with a couple of cute ponies the macho male raced down the hill towards us in a slightly threatening manner...the only guy in the group, Rich, pegged it outta there.....way to protect the girlies Rich.

Lightweight of the day: Young Natalie Silverthorn who passed out in the back of her beast of a vehicle during the England vs. Sweden Match....bless.

Favourite Spot: Plenty to choose from really since the whole area is gorgeous but I was very taken with the top of the Headland just off Polzeath beach, the view was particularly stunning. Though St' Ives also gets snaps for reminding me of the beaches in Oz.

Will most miss: Mischief the farm cat who is completely soppy but certainly lives up to her name.

Claim to fame: I have my first surfing injury....after being run over by my lifeguard friend Nat.

reasons to return: more surfing (even if I found muscles I never knew I had), more coves and beaches to explore, proper pasties, the randomness of Cornwall and Nat and Rich!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Truman Show Rain in Reverse

Went for a 10 mile cycle today...Just to get out of the house and into the sunshine really and whilst I was getting slightly lost around Mundham a few spits and spots of rain came down and a rumble in the sky....Looked for a place to shelter for the oncoming downpour which I figured was fast approaching, but seeing only trees and remembering being under such things is never a good idea in a thunderstorm I chose to take my chances with the rain. To my surprise the clouds moved on and I figured the powers that be had changed their minds.....Until I turned a corner and discovered a completely soaked road littered with huge puddles....Very Truman Show esque.

Really missing Cornwall...Was great to meet up with Nat and Rich and they have a great little piece of England down there...Although it's also sometimes a little un-England like, but in a good way. I really wish I could actually surf but for now I'll take whooshing along on the board it's fun too. Guess I'll just have to go back to Polzeath and try again!

Oooo and have just caught up on two weeks of Doctor Who and I didn't see that one coming!