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Surf Ski Paddle to Aberdovey in the Dark

Winter, working 9-5 and wanting to get out and surf ski paddle just don’t sit well together. It’s barely light on the way to work, it’s dark by the time we get home so getting out on my surf ski during daylight hours is a challenge. Undeterred and with an opportunity to leave for work...

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Gift Subscriptions

I’ve recently been sent a selection of freebies from Shave and Subscribe so I thought I’d write a post about various gift subscriptions for you. Just in case you needed some inspiration for the ultimate Christmas present. Gift Subscriptions Talking of subscriptions and Christmas presents then there are plenty of other subscriptions that you can buy...

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Paddling, Biking and Hare ‘n’ Hounds

With no Welsh Series Cyclocross race on the calendar I headed North this weekend instead of South. First stop after a drive through the rain, mist and murk was Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay where I met up with the North Wales Surf Ski Paddlers Group. Surf Ski Session in Colwyn Bay The rain, mist...

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Manchester Institute of Health and Performance

I spent Thursday at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance. I wasn’t there to monitor, measure or improve any aspect of my sporting performance or health but on a User Day run by IPRS Mediquipe. I was there in my sport and exercise science lab technicians hat rather than as an athlete. I drove up...

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Welsh Cyclocross Series Round 9 – Gunpowder Classic, Swansea

With cyclocross season well and truly in full flow, it was off to Swansea this weekend for round 9 of the Welsh Cyclocross Series. I hadn’t raced here before so didn’t really know what to expect from the course, but as always there were trophy points up for grabs. With a couple of poorer results...

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Lynx in Borth – Middle-Sized Cat Tracking

Maybe this is just the excuse that we need for Half-Term. Perhaps I can encourage Morgan to get off minecraft on his computer and come middle-sized cat tracking today! News from the BBC: A lynx has escaped from a wildlife park in Ceredigion. The Eurasian lynx, which is about twice the size of a domestic...

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Welsh Cyclocross Series Round 8 – Crosstober Abergavenny

I enjoyed that one! The Abergavenny round of the Welsh Cyclocross Series is the biggest race of the series. It is part of Crosstober Wales, a weekend of cyclo cross racing brought to you by the passionate folk of Abergavenny RC. S4C are there to televise the elite races on the Sunday. There are also...

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Robbie Cat – A Feline Obituary

Sadly we had to say a final farewell to Robbie on Friday. Robbie was our crazy cat that we have shared a life with for the best part of 17 years. She (yes, despite the name she was a girl) came into our lives almost 17 years ago when Anna received a phone-call to say...

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Welsh Cyclocross Series Round 7 – Hafren Cyclocross

Another autumnal weekend and another cyclocross race. This time it was the Hafren Cyclocross race in Newtown. I hadn’t slept at all the night before thanks to the raging storm Brian so I felt tired before I even set off. At least it was only just over an hours drive through the Welsh countryside for...

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The Christmas Lottery

Christmas is approaching, and before too long it will have crept up on us once again as we battle the elements and try to get that last-minute shopping done. While Christmas in the UK means turkey, mince pies and mawkish ads for department stores, a Spanish Christmas has one unique extra element. That additional feature...

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Storm Brian

Hot on the heels of Ex-Hurricane Ophelia and we have Storm Brian. Not the remnants of a hurricane this time but just a ‘normal’ autumnal storm. Still with winds exceeding 60mph though and West Wales was in for a battering. If anything this was going to be worse than Ophelia as it coincided with Spring...

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Honey Show and Honey Cake Competition

With Anna at band and Morgan surgically attached to his computer it was just me attending the honey show this year. We didn’t really have anything to exhibit though as we didn’t get any honey this year. I did submit a few photos to the photo competition and of course baked the honey cake. There were loads...

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