Out looking for snow on the hills and while we're out, some geocaches. Fair weather was forecast, but it doesn't even last the journey to the start of the walk.
After last week's failure to find (or have any clue about how to find) the puzzle cache in Three Cliffs bay at the spiral stones, we had a rummage around on the Geocaching.com website and think we found the answer.
We removed last years nest and the remaining failed blue tit egg, ready for a new family to find and move into.
2016 was a pile of crap I don't want to repeat. But 2017 is here, and if we stop looking to the future we're going to walk into something or trip over our own shoelaces. Or fall down an open manhole. Or step in front of a bus.
XTERRA is coming to Wales in June! And I'm really looking forward to it and thoroughly (well, almost thoroughly) enjoying the start of my preparations and training for it. Anything can go wrong in XTERRA, with crashes and usually demanding terrain throwing the unexpected at you. It's long and tough in different ways to a standard distance road triathlon, and the weather can completely change the conditions for the day overnight. it's hard and it's difficult, and those are two different things. Training is similar but different. Preparations are similar but different. Great!
Running the Christmas Pudding run at Merthyr Mawr. Sand dunes, mud, streams and hills. Great fun. It'd be even more fun if I could run fast.
As you may have seen, I started making videos and putting them up on the YouTubes regularly. I'm putting up a new anatomy video and a new family vlog type thing every week. There were a couple of spurs for this.
I've spent a lot of time planning and preparing (and now teaching) new anatomy courses, which has taken up far more of my time and energy than expected, with less of the support that I had expected. This means that I've had no time to do the other stuff that I like doing in teaching - the geeky stuff. 3D printing, augmented reality projects, NFC and QR tagging, and all the other things have been dumped. Hopefully just for a year or so, but I like creating stuff. Rhiannon and I had started to move from podcasts to YouTube many years ago, but when she left Swansea no-one else wanted to make stuff with me. But I've been playing with video recently and YouTube is now huge, so I reckoned that I could bang out some form of anatomy teaching video and be time effective about it. I can record a video on my phone while wandering around, talking off the top of my head and produce a useful 10 minute video, for example.
The other spur is my brother. He's been living and working in Dubai for a while now, and I've got a bunch of bits of video that I'd like to share. I tried putting some videos with story together and it was fun and worked quite well. I shared a few with him, and then thought I might as well share them more widely. It doesn't really matter whether many people watch them or not. The process itself is pleasing and makes the whole family think about something fun to do each weekend. It's normally hard to get one of the kids out of the door to do something. It's less difficult if they've been thinking about what to put in the video.
It feels good to be creative. It feels useful.
Kim wanted to find a tree still connected to the ground this year. To cut down and move into our living room.
Walking the dog, running the hill, and burning the bonfire the other weekend in Cheltenham.
Rounding out our visit to Coed Y Brenin Forest Park with a black route on the mountain bike and a walk to the waterfalls. With the occasional geocache.
Long run, Jack on a full blue mountain biking trail, and a night hunt for geocaches!