Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 2015 Round-up

What?? Another month over? That means I have to do this again:

Weight

The coughing lurgy did disappear eventually, so this month’s progress can’t be attributed to that:

May 1: 210.8 pounds (15 stone 0.8 pounds, 95.6 kg)
May 31: 206.8 pounds (14 stone 10.8 pounds, 93.8 kg)

That’s another fall of 4 pounds (1.8kg), which is in line with the last couple of months. This is remarkably consistent for me….

I thought it might be interesting to compare today’s end of month figure with previous years, so here we go:

May 31 2015 206.8 pounds (14 stone 10.8 pounds, 93.8 kg)
May 31 2014 217.3 pounds (15 stone 7.3 pounds, 98.6 kg)
May 31 2013 218.3 pounds (15 stone 8.3 pounds, 99 kg)
May 31 2012 219.4 pounds (15 stone 9.4 pounds, 99.5 kg)
May 31 2011 230.2 pounds (16 stone 6.2 pounds, 104.4 kg)
May 31 2010 227 pounds (16 stone 3 pounds, 103 kg)
May 31 2009 221.8 pounds (15 stone 11.8 pounds, 100.6 kg)
May 31 2008 218 pounds (15 stone 8 pounds, 98.9 kg)
6 May 2007 215.2 pounds (15 stone 5.2 pounds, 97.6 kg) [Stopped bothering for a while that year]
31 May 2006 209.4 pounds (14 stone 13.4 pounds, 95 kg)
31 May 2005 202.6 pounds (14 stone 6.6 pounds, 91.9 kg)
31 May 2004 200.8 pounds (14 stone 4.8 pounds, 91.1 kg)

So there we are – best end of May result for Ten Years. I’m moderately happy about that…

Eating

I seem to have settled into eating a bit less, not to mention cutting back on the wine. This may have something to do with the above numbers…

Exercise

A few trips out here and there, but still not that much actual walking. Apart from when I was in Edinburgh…

Posting

Yet another low-posing month – this post brings the total to just 35.

Stuff

Lots more camera-related activity this month. In fact I took over ten times as many photos in May as I did in April.

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 May 2015

What’s that? Another fall to yet another new low for the year? Well, so it seems.

I had a trip to Wallsend today, more specifically to Segedunum, where there’s a touring exhibition of Roman artefacts, which is worth a visit.

This is a bit of reconstructed Hadrian’s Wall, with a bit of the real thing in front of it.

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 46.6mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 31 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 May 2015

Down again today to another new low (even if it’s by the smallest of margins, it still counts, so there) for the year.

Having woken up rather too early, I was up and about and decided that it was another day not to be wasted, so off I went to the station. This time my arbitrary decision took me to Hartlepool, which I last visited getting on for five years and several cameras ago. Once again, acts of photography were committed, including this one of HMS Trincomalee’s rigging:

Looks complicated

Looks complicated

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/4000s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 1000
Taken: 30 May, 2015
Location: 54° 41.4434′ 0″ N 1° 12.4404′ 0″ W

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 May 2015

Down again today,as the oscillations continue…

Ummmm, here’s the Scott Monument again, with the Balmoral Hotel beyond

Time to think...

Time to think…

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 116.1mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 23 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 May 2015

And it’s back up today..

Only had time for a quick trip to the sarnie shop at lunchtime, mutter. This was mostly due to being out all afternoon at a work thing….

Here’s Arthur’s Seat:

Arthur's Seat

Arthur’s Seat

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 135mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 23 May, 2015

Those spiky things on the top are people…

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 May 2015

Down again today, which was one of Those Days when I only managed the briefest of escapes at lunchtime. Mutter.

But never mind. Here’s Thunderbird 3, errr, the Scott Monument:

Thunderbirds Are Go!

Thunderbirds Are Go!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 23 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 May 2015

Back up a bit today…

Managed a short walk at lunchtime, and a bit of walking around the office.

Here’s another photo of the Tees Transporter Bridge in action:

Coming Over

Coming Over

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 98.6mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 25 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 May 2015

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

Camera: X-T1
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

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

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/220s
Focal length: 41.3mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 23 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 May 2015

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:

Obelisk

Obelisk

Camera: X-T1
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