Well, that’s August out of the way, so it’s time for the usual exciting monthly report.
More random fluctuation this month…
August 4: 212.5 pounds (15 stone 2.5 pounds, 96.4 kg)
August 31: 216.2 pounds (15 stone 6.2 pounds, 98.1 kg)
That’s an annoyingly large rise of 3.7 pounds (1.7kg), the start weight was unusually low, and today’s might just be a blip.
I’ve been mostly well-behaved this month. Lunch has mostly been a single sarnie from the shop over the road from the office.
I’ve managed a few weekend walks, but not much else.
This exciting report brings the monthly total to 45, which is moderately sane…
Not a lot of stuff this month.
 For an arbitrary “un” value of “exciting”, of course
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Oh dear, unaccountably up by a lot today. Or maybe the scale is just being playful again.
I did have a semi-plan for going somewhere today, but a check of train times showed a crucial three-hour gap between the train I wasn’t going to get to the station in time to catch and the next one, which pretty much ruled that out. Never mind, I’ll get there eventually….
Having decided not to do what I was planning, I decided not to do much at all, and stayed in. So here I am.
Here’s another view of Ovingham Bridge. This one was taken through a hole in the gate that closes off the bridge, and using the X-T1’s articulated screen to get a good angle without articulating myself into an awkward position:
|Shutter speed|| 1/90s|
|Focal length|| 34.5mm|
|Taken|| 13:42, 24 August, 2014 |
This one does give a better impression of how narrow and fragile it is. And people used to drive over this until recently…
While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:
No change today, which makes a change…
After the usual breakfast and shopping, I decided to make the most of the weekend and get out somewhere. I’d more or less decided on Durham, but while I was on the bus heading for the station, I remembered that there was something happening more locally that I wanted to see, so I headed down to the Quayside and saw some of this:
|Shutter speed|| 1/1200s|
|Focal length|| 110mm|
|Taken|| 13:00, 30 August, 2014 |
Yes, the Tyne is playing host to the Zapcat Grand Prix this weekend. The powerboats are all of a standard design, so it’s all about the skill of the crew rather than a battle of technology. There was a moderate crowd gathered along the Newcastle Quayside, but not a huge one, which meant I had no trouble getting in to take some photographs.
The boats move very quickly, and not only do that almost flying over the water thing, but can rise up almost vertically:
|Shutter speed|| 1/640s|
|Focal length|| 116.1mm|
|Taken|| 13:14, 30 August, 2014 |
After a while, I moved on to the Millennium Bridge for some more shots. This was a bit tricky, as there was a lot of reflected glare, but I think I’ve captured some of the drama here:
Round the bend
|Shutter speed|| 1/3200s|
|Focal length|| 62.4mm|
|Taken|| 13:59, 30 August, 2014 |
After that, I headed back into town and came home.
Hmmm, back up a wee bit today. For once I had the time for a walk at lunchtime, but lacked the motivation, so didn’t go far. Mutter.
Here’s a nice sign:
|Shutter speed|| 1/250s|
|Focal length|| 22.3mm|
|Taken|| 12:42, 9 August, 2014 |
I remember reading about the mysterious moving stones of Death Valley more years ago than I care to remember. They were often a feature of books and TV shows about unexplained phenomena, often presented in overly dramatic ways, but never mind…
If you’re not familiar with the story linked below gives the general idea.
Anyway, some actual Science has been done – an experiment was set up to monitor an area of the valley where the stones have been known to move. This involved Fun Stuff like fitting stones with GPS units as well as weather monitoring kit. And then they waited…
And patience paid off, and the mystery appears to be solved. Read the story:
Mystery Solved: “Sailing Stones” of Death Valley Seen in Action for the First Time | Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
And today’s random thingy is a downwards one. I think I’m going to have to give the scale a good talking to…
This is Ovingham Church, to be found just across that interesting bridge form Prudhoe station. According to an information board at Prudhoe Castle, the tower is pre-Norman. It certainly looks old:
|Shutter speed|| 1/220s|
|Focal length|| 24.3mm|
|Taken|| 13:44, 24 August, 2014 |
Oddly up today…
Here’s an interesting tree stump in the grounds of Prudhoe Castle. Well, I found it interesting, anyway…
|Shutter speed|| 1/2900s|
|Focal length|| 18mm|
|Taken|| 13:20, 24 August, 2014 |
Aaaaaand back up a bit today. How exciting! Or not…
Going back to Ovingham Bridge. I’m not saying it looks fragile, but I was wondering if it was safe for this guy:
Can it take the weight?
|Shutter speed|| 1/150s|
|Focal length|| 122.6mm|
|Taken|| 12:42, 24 August, 2014 |
Down a wee bit today…
It’s been a quiet bank holiday Monday today. The weather wasn’t bad here (wet in other parts of the country, I hear), but I lacked the motivation to go anywhere or do much at all, so I didn’t.
Today’s photo is of Ovingham Bridge, which links Prudhoe to Ovingham (oddly enough). It’s currently closed for “refurbishment”, which will involve replacing the road deck and various components. It’s a very narrow bridge, which can only carry lighter vehicles, and apparently requires drivers to pay attention to what’s coming from the other end – there are no lights or signals controlling traffic. This is the bridge I’d previously spotted and thought looked interesting – now I’ll have to go back next year when it re-opens…
|Shutter speed|| 1/400s|
|Focal length|| 41.3mm|
|Taken|| 12:46, 24 August, 2014 |