Weight and Stuff Report – 16 December 2017

Weight: 227.1 pounds (16 stone 3.1 pounds, 103 kg)
Steps: 8,389

Well, that’s an unusually large drop today, probably a temporary wossname or anomalous thingy, or something.

As I hadn’t slept well on Thursday night, I was feeling tired enough after the excitement (well, the food was nice) of the office party to go to bed before 9pm. Well, I was trying to, when the doorbell rang. By the time I got downstairs, there was nobody there….

I thought nothing of it until this morning, when I was returning from an especially early Tesco trip (home before 9am) and noticed that some delightful person had wrenched the bell push off the door. Well, they’d removed the body of it, and snapped part of the backplate, which was firmly attached with double-sided sticky pad thingies. Presumably that was why the bell rang…  This has happened before, a few years ago. On that occasion, they took my neighbour’s as well. I can only guess that the person or persons who think destroying doorbells only goes for homes where there aren’t any visible lights on. So, I had to buy a new one, which was annoying.

Before I bought a new doorbell, I took myself to Whitley Bay, for a nice (cold) walk along the coast. I had planned to go as far as the lighthouse at St Mary’s Island, but when I got to the turning, I found there was more black ice than I like to walk on, so I stopped, and got the next bus back to Newcastle. And bought a doorbell, mutter.

Here’s some of the more visible ice that was around today. This stuff, I don’t mind. It’s the invisible bits I hate…

Ice

Ice

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/240s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 16 December, 2017

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 December 2017

Weight: 231.1 pounds (16 stone 7.1 pounds, 104.8 kg)
Steps: 1,713

Up a bit today…

Had the office party this afternoon, in the course of which I had some food and in a shocking development, didn’t drink very much at all. In an even more shocking development, I was home by 4:30pm.

Here’s another view of HMS Trincomalee

HMS Trincomalee

HMS Trincomalee

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 9 December, 2017

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 December 2017

Weight: 230 pounds (16 stone 6 pounds, 104.3 kg)
Steps: 2,282

No change today…

Here’s one of the larger floaty thingies[1] in Hartlepool Marina.

Not Seaquest

Not Seaquest

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/105s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 9 December, 2017

[1] Ships, boats, I’m never quite sure what the distinction is, so I’ll go with “floaty thingies”

Tiggercam has been upgraded

Tigger told me he wasn’t satisfied with the webcam (it was a bit low-res, not to mention low-budget), and insisted that I get him a new one, and a mini-tripod to make it easier to carefully position it. Here’s the new kit in position:

Live!

Live!

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/14
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 3200
Taken: 10 December, 2017

Weight and Stuff Report – 10 December 2017

Weight: 228.3 pounds (16 stone 4.3 pounds, 103.6 kg)
Steps: Not a lot

Down again today. I’ve been having a day in to get a few things done – the washing and removing icebergs, err, defrosting the freezer, which is one of those things I always tell myself to do more often, but do I listen?

Talking of things you might associate with ice, this historical sign at Hartlepool amused me:

Shhhh, you know who

Shhhh, you know who

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 9 December, 2017

And for those who aren’t British and sufficiently old, William Franklin was an actor who for many years appeared in TV adverts for Schweppe’s Tonic Water. Such as this classic

Weight and Stuff Report – 9 December 2017

Weight: 229 pounds (16 stone 5 pounds, 103.9 kg)
Steps: 10,224

Down again today…

Having got the shopping over and done with even earlier this week, I headed out to Hartlepool for a return visit. I had a nice walk around the marina – it was bright and sunny, not particularly windy, and cold enough that I was glad I’d worn my big coat. At the end of the walk, I visited the National Museum of the Royal Navy, as the historic dockyard attraction is now known. I had the guided tour of HMS Trincomalee, saw a display of muskets (no firing action, apparently they do that sometimes), and a good look around. After all that, I was a bit tired, so headed for the station in time to miss a train. I had a short walk, then decided I had in fact walked enough, and sat in the waiting room with my Kindle until it was time for the next train.

Here’s a view out to see from the lock gates that keep a constant water level in the marina. If your screen is big enough, you should see some wind turbines

Out to sea

Out to sea

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/105s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 9 December, 2017