Amazing fungi 

14 November, 2015

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Lots of beautiful toadstools and mushrooms are showing themselves here at the moment. I wish I could find a local ID course.

This is meant to be a grid of pictures, but I have a feeling it isn’t going to come out that way… Crubeens crossed!


Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling)

12 November, 2015

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I listen to audiobooks at virtually every free moment. Walking Piglet, cooking, out for a run, tidying the house (ha… that doesn’t take long!), driving etc, and very quickly after starting to do so I ran out of the ones I knew I’d enjoy i.e. biographies, autobiographies, old favourite novels and so forth. I therefore had to find something else, and about 3 or 4 years ago I began to listen to thrillers of various sorts. I found I enjoyed them. Bring on that murder and gore!

Some 2 or 3 years ago I downloaded a book by a new author — Robert Galbraith — and enjoyed it very much. It was The Cookoo’s Calling. Not long afterwards it turned out in the press to have been written by J K Rowling, and I felt very smug to have enjoyed it before I’d known that it was written by the Harry Potter author 🙂 Heh…

I know I enjoyed the second in the series too — The Silkworm — but I’ve just finished the third: Career of Evil. I listen to a lot of books (as I’ve mentioned…) but it’s quite some time since I found myself regretting the impending conclusion before I was even half way through the book. This was one of those occasions, though.

I’d highly recommend this to anybody who doesn’t mind a bit of blood and guts, and relishes suspense and a tightly woven story that keeps you guessing right up to the end. Brilliant!

I now feel bereft, of course, and I hope it won’t be an awfully long time before the fourth comes out. Go and get it 🙂


Raichle boots — worth re-soling?

1 November, 2015

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Hi peeps.

I have a nice pair of Raichle boots. The uppers fit perfectly, but the soles were always very slippery and I wouldn’t have bought another pair. I’ve not worn them for prolly 8 years or so, since I stopped wearing leather boots. I bought them because they were just stiff enough to take a crampon. I wore them today, though, because I’m currently without decent footwear. My Inov-8s have given up the ghost and the little Salomon trail shoes I’ve been wearing recently for walking from home don’t really do the job on soaking wet days in sopping wet fields full of cow poo/on slippery surfaces.

I therefore dug out the Raichles because Piglet insisted on a walk, and for the first hour or so I was delighted to be walking in such comfy boots and keeping my feet warm and dry. Lovely 🙂

Shortly after that, though, I noticed an odd flappy feeling to the heel of my right foot, and when I stopped to look I saw that the heel had come away. Presumably something rubbery had perished during the boots’ long sojourn up in the attic. Twenty mins later the same thing happened to the other boot. Uh-oh…

I’ve Googled boot repair, because the uppers were so very comfy. My feet aren’t quite the same size, but both feet were cozy today with no toe bashing/need to crumple up the toes of my slightly longer right foot. Nor were either of my feet swishing around in too large a space. Everything felt very secure.

It sounds from what I’ve read as though re-soling often isn’t successful, resulting in an upper that no longer fits well.

Has anyone had a good experience? If so, can you recommend a repairer?

Alternatively, can somebody please suggest a nice, light, ideally non-leather and non-membranous boot? I did have a look at Salomon boots online this morning (in the past Salomons have seemed to fit my feet well), but they all seem to have a Gore-tex membrane, which I’ve never really felt was a very good idea. More Googling seems to suggest that maybe Raichle no longer make boots.

I’d like something grippy, if at all possible. The sort of thing I can wear for walking Piglet on wet, slippery wintery days in low-lying fields, but can also wear with confidence up in the Lakes or over in the Dales.

Suggestions welcome 🙂