Weight and Stuff Report – 12 July 2017

Weight: 236.8 pounds (16 stone 12.8 pounds, 107.4 kg)
Steps: 1,910

Back down after a week in Wales, but that’s a “just got off the train” weight, so it’ll probably be higher tomorrow…

The journey home was nicely uneventful and punctual, and I didn’t even have to wait for the bus when I reached Newcastle.

This is the quite splendid Newport City Footbridge.

Newport City Footbridge

Newport City Footbridge

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/450s
Focal length 20.6mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:16, 6 July, 2017
Location 51° 35.2263′ 0″ N 2° 59.3841′ 0″ W

Stuff Report – 11 July 2017

It was a bit wet today, so it ended up being another quiet day in, apart from a trip out for dinner at the Cherry Laurel, where there’s a wide selection of meals on a two for one deal.

Apparently we shouldn’t be too worried about sleeping dinosaurs at St Fagans…

No cause for alarm

No cause for alarm

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/160s
Focal length 47mm
ISO 100
Taken 13:38, 5 July, 2017
Location 51° 29.2436′ 0″ N 3° 16.5916′ 0″ W

Stuff Report – 10 July 2017

Today’s activity involved a gathering of Bessants. In the interests of my readers’ sanity, it’s probably best not to go into details, other than to mention that lunch may have been involved.

This is a tasteful water feature in the gardens of St Fagans Castle. I went for a short exposure here to freeze the motion of the water.



Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/1100s
Focal length 28.3mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:55, 5 July, 2017
Location 51° 29.1985′ 0″ N 3° 16.1388′ 0″ W

Stuff Report – 8 July 2017

Today’s activity has been limited to going out for breakfast at the local Harvester, which was very nice, and good value. The coffee was up to standard, too…

This is a sculpture to be found in Newport

Take the bull by the horns

Take the bull by the horns

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/1250s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:04, 6 July, 2017
Location 51° 35.1708′ 0″ N 2° 59.5136′ 0″ W

Stuff Report – 7 July 2017

Steps: 3,377

After the advanced walkage of the last couple of days, today was a bit more relaxed. Geoff[1] and I went to Porthcawl for a sandwich and an ice cream[2] and a short walk along the sea front.

This is the watchtower, which has been restored and brought back into use for, err, watching, by the National Coastwatch Institution.

All along the watchtower

All along the watchtower

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/4500s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 25
Taken 13:10, 7 July, 2017
Location 51° 28.578′ 0″ N 3° 42.3237′ 0″ W

[1] That’s my brother
[2] I should probably clarify that we each had a sandwich and an ice cream, rather than there being one of each between us

Stuff Report – 6 July 2017

Steps: 9,037

Today, I took myself on the train to Newport for a wander – I saw some bridges, a bit of a castle and some sculpture. I stopped for lunch at Hi Coffee Cosmo. This may have involved a small glass of beer[1] and definitely involved a tasty salami and smoked cheese panini.

It was another hot day – too hot to carry out my original plan of walking further along the River Usk to look at a some more bridges, so I took an early finish, got the next train back to Cardiff, where I had a bit of a wait for the next train to Pencoed.

Here’s a view that hints at the rather interesting Newport City Footbridge:

Newport City Footbridge

Newport City Footbridge

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/320s
Focal length 36.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:41, 6 July, 2017
Location 51° 35.2399′ 0″ N 2° 59.3695′ 0″ W

Stuff Report – 5 July 2017

Steps: 13,834

Yes, it’s a weightless report, but just look at that step count.

I took myself to St Fagans National Museum of History (as it’s currently called, having been renamed a few times over the years). This involved a train to Cardiff, then a bus direct to the museum entrance. The building that I really need to stop thinking of as “new”[1] is currently closed for a major refit, so my visit was limited to wandering around the extensive grounds and looking at a sample of the buildings that have been relocated and reconstructed form all over Wales. For the benefit of my North East readers, St Fagans is something like Beamish, only more so, and with free entry. Though no nice buses and trams to take you around the site, so you win some, lose some…

It was a bit warm for walking around, and I planned to head back at around 3pm, only to find that my limited research had omitted the little detail that on schooldays the bus doesn’t actually run for most of the afternoon, so I had to wait (along with everyone else) for the last bus at 4:30. But hey, I got on the bus and had a seat, so that wasn’t all that bad.

Various acts of photography were committed, and the results will appear over the coming days, but here’s a sample for now – this is part of the landscaped gardens in front of the Elizabethan manor house:

St Fagans Gardens

St Fagans Gardens

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/100s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:48, 5 July, 2017
Location 51° 29.1856′ 0″ N 3° 16.1977′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 4 July 2017

Weight: 239.5 pounds (17 stone 1.5 pounds, 108.6 kg)
Steps: 4,997

Up another bit today, much of which was spent on trains which have delivered me to Pencoed.

Here’s another bit of violent sculpture from Seaton Deleval Hall:

Can't we just get along?

Can’t we just get along?

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/2400s
Focal length 16.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:51, 24 June, 2017
Location 55° 4.9113′ 0″ N 1° 29.8436′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 3 July 2017

Weight: 239.1 pounds (17 stone 1.1 pounds, 108.5 kg)
Steps: 5,263

Up a wee bit today, never mind, etc, etc…

Despite not being at work, I headed into Newcastle this morning to do a couple of things. First, I collected some train tickets from a magic machine at the station, then I had my hair cut.

And, as Mike Yarwood used to say, this is me

Ummmm, me

Ummmm, me

Camera iPad Pro
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/17s
Focal length 2.65mm
ISO 32
Taken 16:54, 3 July, 2017
Location 54° 56.8707′ 0″ N 1° 36.199′ 0″ W