Weight and Stuff Report – 25 May 2015

Weight: 208.3 pounds (14 stone 12.3 pounds, 94.5 kg)
Steps taken: 5,843

Hmmm, an upward oscillation today, but still staying in that significantly lower than for a very long time area, so that’s not so bad.

Today being a Bank Holiday, I took myself to Frankie & Benny’s for my no longer weekly breakfast[1], then went over to Newcastle, where I took a few photos before getting a train to Middlesbrough. My plan was to catch the Tees Transporter Bridge in action, having failed on my last few visits due to it being closed either because it was a Sunday or because it was being renovated. Well, the renovation is complete, and I was able to watch it work. Here’s what it looks like[2]:

Tees Transporter Bridge

Tees Transporter Bridge

Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 25 May, 2015

I thought of having a bit of a random wander after that, but decided it was a case of job done, go home, so I did.

[1] Since I was forced to do it by some weekend working, I’ve been doing my weekly shopping on Friday evenings, and as my justification for the breakfast was getting out early to do the shopping…
[2] Approximately. Some distortion caused by wiiiiiiide angle lens

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 May 2015

Weight: 207.2 pounds (14 stone 11.2 pounds, 94 kg)
Steps taken: 4,938

What? Down again? To another new low for the year? It’s also a whole stone (14 pounds) less than my highest weight of the year, which was just a couple of months ago…

No exciting photographic trips today, but I did go out briefly to do a bit of shopping that I’d managed not do on Friday.

Here’s a view of Calton Hill in Edinburgh, taken over the top of Waverley Station, with the old cemetery and that obelisk in the foreground:

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/220s
Focal length: 41.3mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 23 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 May 2015

Weight: 207.8 pounds (14 stone 11.8 pounds, 94.3 kg)
Steps taken: 12,000!

Down again today, good stuff.

Having woken up quite early, and with it looking like a nice day, I got it together and went out in good time to go somewhere. Right up until I arrived at the station, I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going, but I decided that Edinburgh was overdue for a visit, so I went there. I missed one train by a minute or two, but the next was along soon enough. It was pretty full, but I had a seat[1], so that was fine.

I had a wander up and down the Royal Mile, around Thunderbird Three the Scott Monument, and then into the old Calton Cemetery, which has monuments to many of the great, good, and possibly not so good of the city, including this quite marvellous obelisk[2], which commemorates some political reformers who were sentenced to transportation to Australia for “sedition”, or “suggesting a wee bit of democracy wouldn’t be a bad idea”, depending on how you view things:

Political Martyrs' Monument

Political Martyrs’ Monument

Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 23 May, 2015

I wandered a bit more before pausing for lunch at the lovely Saint Giles Café Bar on St Giles Street, just off the Royal Mile. I’d been there once before, and recalled having something rather nice, but couldn’t quite remember what it was, until I saw the menu. It was their house speciality – the Saint Giles Waffle. Take one warm, soft Belgian waffle. Top it with crispy bacon. Top that with a piece of Brie that’s just a bit melted thanks to the warm things below it. Add some little cherry tomatoes and mixed salad leaves. Drizzle with maple syrup. Absolutely delicious.

After a wee bit more wandering, I decided to get the next train home before they got too busy, which I did. And it seems I walked quite a lot – 12,000 steps according to the Withings thing.

[1] Admittedly one a bit too close to a slightly loud Prosecco-fueled hen party, but such is life…
[2] Asterix the Gaul jokes left as an exercise for the reader

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 May 2015

Weight: 208.3 pounds (14 stone 12.3 pounds, 94.5 kg)
Steps taken: 5,178

Down again today. Can this go on?

The Bank Holiday weekend started nicely with not only free Magnums[1] for everyone, but an early finish  :tigger:

Tomorrow is supposedly going to be a nice day, so the camera might take me somewhere. In the meantime, here’s a wider view of that character I posted the other day:

Visitors?

Visitors?

Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 52.4mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 16 May, 2015

[1] Chocolate-covered ice cream on sticks, not big bottles of champagne

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 May 2015

Up again today, but at least the oscillations seem to be settling at a lower level…

Had a visit to Darlington today, and a wee bit of wine tasting this evening. The latter may affect tomorrow’s weight…

This is a different angle on the Millennium Bridge than my usual approach..

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/280s
Focal length: 36.6mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 16 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 May 2015

Weight: 208 pounds (14 stone 12 pounds, 94.3 kg)
Steps taken: 2,820

Back down again today. Isn’t all this oscillation fun?

Yet another day when I didn’t get time to go far at lunchtime other than renewing my travel pass thingy, which they’ve made slightly more difficult by closing the shop at Monument Metro. That wouldn’t be quite so bad, but the one at Central closes for lunch. Yes, just when people who have to work might want to go there. And as I was later escaping from the office than normal, I ended up going to Haymarket. Where there was a queue. They seemed to be having problems with renewing peoples “smart”cards, which apparently were being a bit stupid…

Anyway, here’s someone watching the world from the Baltic:

Watching

Watching

Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 122.6mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 16 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 May 2015

Weight: 209 pounds (14 stone 13 pounds, 94.8 kg)
Steps taken: 3,060

Up a wee bit today, though that might be off, because the scale seemed to be having a funny turn and took a long time to settle down…

Here’s a friendly face to be found behind the Sage:

Watching

Watching

Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 116.1mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 16 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 May 2015

Weight: 208.6 pounds (14 stone 12.6 pounds, 94.6 kg)
Steps taken: 1,717

Back up a bit today…

Worked from home this morning, as I had a plumber coming to fix something. After that, I went to work. And then I came home. How exciting!

Ummm, this is yet another bus:

Free Ride

Free Ride

Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 20.1mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 4 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 May 2015

Weight: 207.5 pounds (14 stone 11.5 pounds, 94.1 kg)
Steps taken: 2,531

Now there’s a thing – down again to another new low for the year[1].

This is a view of the old St Mary’s church in Gateshead, now the Gateshead visitor centre:

St Mary's

St Mary’s

Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 16 May, 2015

[1] And indeed for any time in the last nine years

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 May 2015

Weight: 208.3 pounds (14 stone 12.3 pounds, 94.5 kg)
Steps taken: 7,554

What? Down again? So it seems, and it’s another new low for the year. Remarkable…

I had thought of going somewhere different today, but didn’t quite get it together, so instead had a more or less random wander, starting at the Shipley Art Gallery, then various bits on the Gateshead side of the Tyne, followed by a walk in Newcastle. Various buses and things were involved…

And it was on that more or less random walk that I saw something unexpected:

Unexpected Traction Engine

Unexpected Traction Engine

Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 30.9mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 16 May, 2015

You don’t get a lot of those in Newcastle these days….