Monthly Archives: June 2018

Friday, 29th June 2018.

Breezy at Elton Reservoir this morning as heat again builds.
Already warm along farm lanes.
Moors fire at Saddleworth still burning and, now, another at Winter Hill near Horwich, Bolton. Everything is tinder-dry after a week of hot weather – take care out there.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018.

A shade cooler for four or five biked miles this morning. Mrs C finally had a go at gear-changing while riding. Down was fine – up was tricky. Saw a mate’s really awesome old Raleigh. Brill.
Hinds Lane is well overgrown – down to 18 inches wide in parts. A section has been ‘pruned’ and re-surfaced near Bank Top Bridge, after that, toward Bury, it really closes in.

Sunday, 24th June 2018.

Warm and sunny early-on and Witherslack Hall steams again at Bury South – apparently The Crab can’t run though.
Checked-out eight feet tall Hogweeds along Irwell at Close Park – some, this side, trashed. One or two now along canal from Bury.

Saturday, 23rd June 2018.

A boat on Elton water earlier and a bit cooler today. But 90 degrees forecast for next week.
New bike fine but a clicking noise, every pedal revolution, turned-out to be a dodgy pedal. The ones supplied with new bikes are really very basic 99p stuff. Better pair fitted and noise gone. Some pedal pairs cost more than the new bike. Cables have been tightened very slightly – brakes/gears fine.
Mark Edwards fiction novel: The Retreat, finally finished. It’s deceptively long and has horror, detection and suspense well mixed into a fairly original plot. Not really scary, but a fair ‘who-dun-it’ style read. A good plot for TV, some macabre scenes. 8/10?

Friday, 22nd June 2018.

Warm and sunny this morning for an easy biked six miles. Elton Reservoir in pic one.
Pic two of water soldiers clogging canal at Bury end. Still okay for bike rides.
Many midges about at moment, a pair of (sun) glasses really helps if biking near canal or reservoir.

Thursday, 21st June 2018.

Summer Solstice – years longest day. From today it gets darker. Already.
Sunny for morning’s bike-ride, partly, along Wellington Viaduct where they’ve painted-over cracks. Is it finally collapsing? (More to do with stopping weeds I think.)
On the Fun and News with Noughts Front those govern-mental consider nhs £25,000,000,000.00p additional funding options. (There are two: 1) Borrow. 2) Tax-rises. There are no other options.) Hammond has ruled-out 1) Borrowing. Ergo we’ll get 2) Tax-rises. Natch other ‘services’ have been told there’s no more £.
Dragging more folk into 40% tax-bracket already hinted at.
Apparently eu folk want to introduce visit-visa’s, at £7.00p a time, for Brits visiting eu after Brexit. What a great idea – a Visit Great Britain visa, for eu folk, could be reasonably priced at £20.00p a time, or, in nhs funding times, £50.00p a time.