Thursday, December 31, 2015
WORK as taken up way too much of my time this year, however to achieve the goals I set myself then sacrifices have had to made. Next year things are going to be different!
One of the things that is vaguely enjoyable is the staying away, This year I've stayed away all over the UK and even Denmark, from London, N. Wales, N. England, Lake District and all over Scotland. I've stayed in mostly excellent and some of the meals have been outstanding.
Like everyone of the last nine years that she as been alive, my daughter Elizabeth totally dominates my life, like every year we have been on many adventures. We spent a week away in N. Wales in September, even though the weather wasn't what you would expected we still had a brilliant time.
Elizabeth is mostly involved with my cycling these days, I would like to do more by myself but sadly I choose to find too many excuses not too.
Lastly football, Elizabeth is now playing for an under 10's girls football team and at the time of writing this her as played 5 games, won 2 and drew 3. I'm so proud of her and her new friends. They are such a great unit and hopefully next season they will stick together and progress through the leagues.
So to everyone that knows me, I wish you a super 2016 and to all the people I don't know I wish you a super 2016....
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Saturday, September 05, 2015
Friday, September 04, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Elizabeth and I took the opportunity to visit the new street art in Belper which commemorates how Belper youth lived, worked and fought 100 years ago. In the series of life like pictures, local young lads of the same age as those who joined up in WW1 have had there photos taken and the prints put up round Belper.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
My job means that I have to work away from home on a regular basis.
Several weeks a year I stay away all week, usually this is with a colleague for company, however the week just past I had to complete the week alone. At first is ok, but on the second day you realise that you haven't spoken to anyone about anything other than work, the driving starts to take its toll and the days begin to meld into one.
I always stay in nice hotels. Monday I stayed in Glasgow at an hotel called CitizenM, this is an uber modern hotel in the centre of Glasgow. It as cubicle rooms with a huge bed that takes up over a third of the room, it as superb wifi, free movies and a really cool vibe.
The following day I spent at the Bird Hills Hotel in Edinburgh, whilst the hotel was ok, it was somewhat out of the city centre so I had to eat in the hotel. Again not speaking to a soul.
I then had a super long drive after my appointment in Edinburgh, I finished up at the Black Lion Hotel near Abergele in North Wales. This was in a super remote spot, no mobile signal, but remote in a peaceful type of a way. I had to eat at the pub because there wasn't anywhere else within 10 km.
The following night was spent in Harrogate, this northern town is always a pleasure to stay in, the choice of restaurants and bars is excellent and the Holiday Inn is superb.
Anyway, the best thing about being away all week is the getting back home. Sadly planning my next excursion. Luckily only for a couple of nights and both staying in Harrogateand the second night at least with colleagues.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Last week I stayed away in North Wales, I chose Caernarfon as my base.
I love north Wales, it is without doubt my favourite part of the UK. Caernarfon can be a little intimidating, most of the locals call Welsh their first language and it is probably the hub if Welsh nationalism. Do not let this put you off, the town as many excellent hotels and restaurants and the castle is top drawer.
I stayed at The Black Boy Inn, from the outside it looks like a small pub, somehow there are 21 rooms shoe horned into the place. I paid £60 for a night bed and breakfast which is excellent value.
There is a small car park, first come first served so get there early. The wifi in the hotel is first class.
My room had a four poster bed which is very comfy, the bathroom is quite large with all modern fittings.
I ate at the hotel, the food is fine but there are better places to eat just a sort walk away. You can put your bill to the room bill.
Breakfast is very good, fresh ingredients and piping hot. The service throughout the hotel is excellent.
I award The Black Boy a sound 8/10 and would definitely use them again.