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Road to nowhere - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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Road to nowhere
I haven't updated with anything about what I've actually been doing for ages, have I?


On Friday after work hoiho and I drove Oop North to see k425 and OldBloke. Lovely to meet them both at last! Unfortunately didn't manage to play k425 at Scrabble, maybe next time? That'll give me time to get some practice in so I don't lose too humiliatingly...

hoiho has done a blow-by-blow account of the weekend so I won't bother with that; just wanted to ramble a bit about it really.

It was good to see some hills again. I never realise quite how much I miss having contours in the landscape -- even wolds will do -- when I'm in Cambridge, until I go somewhere else and realise just how much I need them.

Can't believe how much driving I did in the weekend. Okay, so I gave up halfway to the North on the way there, when my knees started feeling like they'd been hit with a large hammer, and I wussed out of driving into Manchester, but on the way back I drove from York (we detoured there on the way back) to Cambridge via Loughborough. Longest drive I've ever done, and half of it was in the dark; we did break for a bit at my parents' house (to their surprise -- I hadn't quite got round to warning them that we were turning up...) but there was still a hell of a lot of driving on either side.

There was more rambling that I wanted to do, about darkness and music and endless roads stretching out in front of me... but I think perhaps it's best if it all stays in my head for the time being.


Washed and waxed pto452 yesterday evening, so of course it rained today. <sigh> And I discovered while cleaning her that the metal seal around the windscreen is coming off, and I can't work out how it's supposed to go back on -- looks like it might just be glued, because it doesn't seem to want to press back in. :-( Meanwhile the choke cable is still knackered, the right trafficator is playing up, the windscreen wipers keep nearly slipping (which is not conducive to carefree driving), the rubber seal around the boot is dead (so the boot fills up with water at the bottom, and rusts even more), there seem to be more places where the paint is blistering or cracking every time I look, and I just don't have TIME to fix it all! At this rate I'm going to be just too embarrassed to take her to the MMOC rally at the weekend.

And at some point this week I've got to make a cake in the shape of a caravan. Fun fun fun.

Current Mood: tired & frustrated
Now playing: still Bob Dylan

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beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: June 10th, 2003 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I never realise quite how much I miss having contours in the landscape

Head out of town on the Barton Road, and turn off towards Comberton, continuing through the village to Toft and Longstowe (over Gill's Hill, in fact). Before Little Gransden turn left (should be signposted Gamlingay), follow the road through Gamlingay and follow signs for Everton.

Stop and have a look around, you should be near Everton Hill, 200 feet above sea level, and near the most elevated pub in Bedfordshire. Admittedly this is not your nearest local hill, but it is pretty and features trees and a view. By coincidence, it is where I set my personal best speed for uphill cycling. Hurrah.
keirf From: keirf Date: June 10th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Or, head out of town on the Barton Road, drive through Barton and turn left to Haslingfield, follow the road through Haslingfield (anti-clockwise through the village) until you pass a church, then turn right up chapel lane. Up a steep hill, over the top, and you can see rolling hills and Royston off in the distance.

Not so far, and you're still in Cambridgeshire. If you continue down the hill you can drive through Barrington, which has an amazingly large village green and lots of thatched cottages, and stop off at the Royal Oak for a drink and a meal.
k425 From: k425 Date: June 11th, 2003 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It was good to see some hills again.

You're welcome to gaze at them again, whenever.


Washed and waxed pto452 yesterday evening, so of course it rained today.

Aha! But now you have Rainex!
j4 From: j4 Date: June 12th, 2003 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)

> > It was good to see some hills again.
> You're welcome to gaze at them again, whenever.


<smile> Thank you. And it'd be lovely to come and see you again, hills or no hills!

Aha! But now you have Rainex!

I do, but I hadn't got as far as doing the windows because it got dark... :-/

(This week I are a total lack of getting-round-to-stuff.)
k425 From: k425 Date: June 15th, 2003 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, well, the weather's picking up now anyway, with luck you won't need it!
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