Sunday, November 18, 2012

Confessions of a Gardener - Part 2

Gardening for me at the moment involves hiding bulbs from squirrels and collecting endless amounts of leaves from the big oak trees that hang over the end of our small plot from next door. So here's a few more photogenic things from the garden over this last year.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wood Panoramics

I'm lucky to have sizeable local woods less than 5 minutes from my house still well inside Sheffield's city boundaries. I thought I'd try out the panoramic mode of the Sony RX100, it's a neat function - in some ways easy to use, in others not. I'll give some proper feedback in a review post in a week or so. In the mean time here's a few images from a walk with my daughter this morning:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Confessions of a Gardener - part 1

So I expect most folk who read me blog log on for climbing chit chat, but the reality is that more and more there are certain things I do a lot more often than climbing. So it's time to come clean, this year (and half of last year) I've been a closet gardener. There you go I've said it... and it gives me an excuse to show some pics.

Delivering The Goods

I was tempted to post the classic Judas Priest track (there's numerous versions on YouTube) but this is about that most aesthetic of UK crags White Goods. Having said that Rob Halford intoning...'You better watch out and hold on tight...' is quite good advice.
There's not really too much to post about the day - the most impressive part of the which was the drive down into Ruthin with a spectacular display of vivid double rainbows - unfortunately I didn't stop and get the camera out.
Good news for us mortals is there are now some more moderate routes at the main crag.
This is 'Don't Tumble' (M6+) which felt quite Scottish.
Dave G on 'Bold Start' which seems to be given M7...ahem!
As usual at White Goods I did the usual struggling, screaming and bleeding...
But after seeing Dave A put in a big fight on Tumble M9
More Dave A fighting on Tumble. 
After his effort I managed to drag my sorry large behind round the lip of White Goods (M8+). 
So I guess that is a fraction of progress - yipee. What with rainbows, redpoint success and Judas Priest that's plenty of inspiration to keep the training going.