Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Marwell Zoo

Last Friday we went over to Marwell zoo for day. Being a work day, the zoo was quite so we got to wander around in the bright sunshine taking our time looking at all the animals. It was a bit chilly for a lot of them so, conveniently, they were all in their stalls, making close up viewing easier. As there weren't any pigs, my favourite animals were the ridiculous fighting tortoise.

After that entertainment we went to Winchester for a late lunch and a general mooch around the shops. I bought Sue a rather snazzy pair of winter boots from Fat Face. If only I could find myself a pair of winter boots so easily.

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Friday, November 23, 2007


Bike maintenance

My Rox risers finally turned up from the states so I've set up and fitted them. As well as being higher I've moved the bars forwards to get my weight more over the front when standing. A quick blast up and down the road shows they certainly feel better initially. I'll have to wait for the next off trip (which should be camping in Derbyshire next weekend!) to see how they really go. All the cables were long enough to reach without any re-routing, which was a bit of relief. The gps mount now completely obscures the speedo though. Never mind.

Also just to the left of the forks, you can see a new switch and a bit of cabling - I've finally forked out for a heated jacket. It's all lovely and warm and snuggly in the mornings now.
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Monday, November 12, 2007



More fireworks than you can shake a stick at this year! We went to St Michaels church before my birthday for fireworks and a barbacue. And last Saturday we met up with Sue's Mum and daughters for more fireworks, this time at Newbury racecourse. They all seemed so much more spectacular than they appear in my photos. Never mind, I enjoyed them anyway and spending time with Sue's eldest was fun, even if she did pick up shirts and suggest I might like them because they look at bit camp. Pah, the youth of today.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007


House prices

I don't seem to have had much time to update my blog recently. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing! As I'm about to do a demo at work in a few minutes, I can't touch the software in case I break it so I've been doing a bit of surfing about house prices. I'm still at Gordon Road so it's obviously a subject close to my heart.

According to the BBC, the average cost of a detached house in Surrey Heath is now £575k with house prices in general in Surrey Heath up 7.8% this quarter and up 18.5% on the year. Have a look for yourself at

So whilst I may be in a situation I'd rather not be in, at least the price of my house is going up by a decent amount :-)

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