A Simple Life of Luxury https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog Tales from a down-shifted family - Making the most of modest means in West Wales Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:45:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i1.wp.com/www.alananna.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/cropped-favicon.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 A Simple Life of Luxury https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog 32 32 2696646 Riding in the Welsh Hills https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/riding-welsh-hills/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/riding-welsh-hills/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:45:54 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25788 It may have been sub-zero temperatures, but with the sun shining and a recently serviced bike it would have been rude not to head out into the Welsh hills. There was a vicious wind blowing at Ynyslas, with gusts up to 60 knots but as soon as I was away from Ynyslas and on my...

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Offa’s Dyke Path Run – Bodfari to Llandegla https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/offas-dyke-path-run-bodfari-to-llandegla/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/offas-dyke-path-run-bodfari-to-llandegla/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:23:59 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25749 Offa’s Dyke Vital Stats Bodfari to Llandegla Distance: 17.57 miles Elevation Gain Today: 1339m Highest Elevation: 565m Time: 3:26:07 Av. Pace: 11:44 mins/mile Av. Heart Rate: 137bpm Max Heart Rate: 168bpm Calories: 1914 Totals to Date Total Distance: 476.35miles Total Time: 89:10:25 Total Elevation Gain: 13108 Total Calories: 44956 Distance to go: 148 miles What a perfect day...

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Calm Sunsets at Ynyslas https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/calm-sunsets-ynyslas/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/calm-sunsets-ynyslas/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:03:18 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25738 Just a few photos of the sunset last night. A brief spell of calm between the storms. A bit of a contrast to the stormy seas from Storm Eleanor last week which saw gusts of up to 55 knots. The aftermath of which is still evidenced by the flooded car park The calmness is over...

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The Waters of Ynyslas – A Surf Ski Adventure https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/waters-ynyslas-surf-ski-adventure/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/waters-ynyslas-surf-ski-adventure/#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 12:42:21 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25730 That was an exciting morning on the waters of Ynyslas. Magic Seaweed was forecasting 5-7 foot surf with a 14 second period. The wind was very light offshore. I waited for it to get light and then headed over to the beach for a surf ski in the biggest waves I’ve paddled so far. Big...

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Massive K’Nex Builds https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/massive-knex-builds/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2018/massive-knex-builds/#comments Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:20:46 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25721 If you thought Morgan’s K’Nex Roller Coaster was impressive, check these out! Pretty impressive, but then some people just have to go one step further.

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K’Nex Roller Coaster https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/knex-roller-coaster/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/knex-roller-coaster/#comments Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:19:48 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25708 It wouldn’t be Christmas without the building of toys. Mind you, as Morgan gets older and technology takes over his life it’s harder than ever to prise him away from the screen. The fact that he had an X Box for Christmas didn’t help with this but I did manage to get him to help me build...

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Getting to Grips with the Rough Stuff https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/getting-grips-rough-stuff/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/getting-grips-rough-stuff/#comments Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:35:05 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25702 My learning continues in my surf ski and I’ve been getting to grips with the rough stuff. I know, I know, I should really be working on paddling technique and efficiency as that’s what I’ll need for races, but I just can’t resist getting out and playing in the waves. I’m sure it’s a fairly good...

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Christmas with the Coles https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/christmas-with-the-coles/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/christmas-with-the-coles/#comments Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:55:01 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25689 Despite just being the three of us for Christmas it was still fairly hectic. Morgan didn’t break up from school until 3:30pm on Friday afternoon and Anna finished work at the same time. Morgan however had basket ball from 4-6pm after school so went straight there. Back at home I had the house cleaned and tidied and...

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Xmas Eve Eve – Biking and Cake Decorating https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/xmas-eve-eve-biking-cake-decorating/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/xmas-eve-eve-biking-cake-decorating/#comments Sat, 23 Dec 2017 16:43:01 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25677 That was a productive and chilled Christmas Eve Eve…. Bike riding and Christmas cake decorating. Big Bike Ride I started the day with a nice outing on my new bike. 3½ hours and just short of 40 miles so quite a big ride in the mist and murk from home, out through Borth, into Talybont...

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2018 Race Calendar https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/2018-race-calendar/ https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/2018-race-calendar/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:10:57 +0000 https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/?p=25667 I know that 2017 isn’t over yet but races tend to fill up quickly so I’ve been registering for some 2018 races already. I’ll be racing in Scimitar Sports colours next year, so as well as the Quadrathlon Trophy Series races I’ll be joining some other Scimitar Endurance riders in various mountain bike or gravel bike races...

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