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It's Not Magic, It's Work!

22 Sep 2017

Last Day...

After months of waiting, delaying and sitting around doing nothing, I have finally reached the very last day of work for my current employer. On the whole it has been good working there, but I'm now looking forward to a new future else where.

Things got exciting as I walked through the door at home, I have been verbally offered a new job with a boutique consulting firm that specialises in SAP. I've got a few days of a break to decided, but I think it's the future for me at the moment...

17 Sep 2017

Apple yield

Today we went to check the community and our orchards to see what we had.

  • Egremont Russet - plenty of fruit but not full or ripe yet
  • Worcester Pearmain - plenty of fruit and fully picked already (22/09/2017)
  • Orleans Reinette - 3 apples, some evidence of bitter pit. Looking happier than last year
  • Ashmead's Kernel - 2 apples, ripe and picked, looks happy
  • Cox's Orange Pippin - 11 apples, ripe and picked, looks happy

The community orchard had virtually nothing this year, though we did get some pears from one tree.

02 Sep 2017

Summer Holiday 2017 (Day 10)

Today we cycled further in land to visit the Abbeye De Maillezais. After lunch at the abbey car park including free apples and grapes we walked round the abbey which is quite large and amazingly complete given how long it's been a ruin (quary for the local village). It took several hours to walk round the whole place.

We then cycled to another village to hire a boat to visit the wet swamps. The whole area was prone to flooding and so Dutch engineers came to the area and built an extensive series of flood defences, resulting in areas of dry marsh (dry enough to farm but can still flood) and wet marsh (lots of canals but areas of dry land between). The extenive network of canals make for great boating and you get to see lots of wildlife up close and personal

Finally we cycled home into the fearsome headwinds - which was not fun - almost all the way home.

As we were making dinner at the campsite we realised that one set of bike and house keys were missing, so my better half set off to retrace our steps to find the keys - only to discover after a few metres she had a flat tyre. Ho hum, not sure what we'll do tomorrow, but losing keys is not good...

  • Picture of the day: Giants
  • 69.7 km cycled, plus some walking and watersport!
  • Cumulative distance 563.7 km

01 Sep 2017

Summer Holiday 2017 (Day 09)

Today we woke up in the dry, packed up and cycled inland to our new campsite in L'Ile-d'Elle. The campsite is on the outskirts of a small town near the larger river port of Marans, both in the heart of the marshes. Most of the cycling today was pretty flat, and easy going on well maintained canal/drainage ditch paths.

We stopped for lunch at Marans, which has a notable old church, which we didn't see. The church we did find is modern and as you can see has a fairly modern glass and steel spire, even if the rest of the building is much older. Marans is also in a new department, Charente-Maritime, though were we are camped is still in the Vendee as the department and region border falls between Marans and L'Ile-d'Elle.

We pitched the tent at the small campsite - which also has functional WiFi too, and then went for a short walk along the river bank which is accessible from the rear of the campsite. We also cycled back to the village to check the shops - just one baker as the mini-market was closed for the summer holiday.

  • Picture of the day: Glass and steel
  • 49 km cycled
  • Cumulative distance 494 km