Saturday, 25th August 2018.

Heavy rain, infrequent busses, meant cancelling an appointment at a Health Centre yesterday – getting soaked, when an OAP, can make you ill!
Drier weather (just!) today but missed The (quite viable and very busy) Flying Scotsman, that is, I believe, steaming around Bury and districts once again. I’ll try again tomoz.
On the subject of ‘Trains’ the Gravy one (HS2) is under viability scrutiny again. If it was remotely viable the service would already exist. It doesn’t so it isn’t. News with Noughts about it: A quarter of folk ‘working on it’ right now get over £100,000.00p a year (No track or anything in place at all yet.) There are 15 ‘workers’ on £250,000.00p or more. Money is being thrown at this project regardless while our present debt, funded by £40,000,000,000.00p per annum interest payments, is allowed to carry on. (That’s about £20,000,000.00p a week!)
During morning’s biked five-miler, passed a large bunch of lady & gent cyclists, from Bolton they said, as they rode down Daisyfield Greenway access slope at Bury. They were off to Gisbourne (they said). Just hope it stays fine for ’em and they have a good day. Who needs trains eh? Unless they’re steam and you’re a spotter.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018.

Drizzly early-on but no problem for a bike-ride to Bury for supplies. There’s a fruit and veg. shop that’s legendary. Pic is of an overgrown but still bike-able Hinds Lane that, if you ride Radcliffe canal from Radcliffe, gets you to Wellington Street at Bury. Not far, from there, to the shops and precinct etc.
Part of tow-path, from Bank Top along Hinds Lane, has been cleared of bushes and re-surfaced. Some is very overgrown and, at times, water-logged, but still a direct route to Bury. Coney, at Radcliffe, to Bury, is shown as ‘2.8’ miles on bike-route signposts.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2018.

Humid again for the bike-ride and a pic of canal-side wild-flowers by the footbridge at Coney.
Interesting News with Noughts is that warm-weather alcohol sales have helped, because of revenue being up by 7.4%, to keep borrowing down to (a meagre???) £12,800,000,000.00p so far in 2018. (That’s eight point four billion less than same period in 2017! We’d all have to be alchies to clear the bloody deficit!)
More interesting News with Noughts is that The Flying Scotsman steam locomotive should be up Bury over the weekend. Its number is 60103. That’s two noughts.

Tuesday, August 21st 2018.

Very humid shopping-trip to Lidl early on. Then a spot of gardening and weeding. Watched that controversial (?) Unforgotten final episode, the other night, and it was, to say the least, different. Some said it was scary. It was ‘dramatic’. It was soapy – character came before plot. It was quite anti-climactic; the last half hour – yes, half hour, given to the bloody baddie to show just how bad (evil) he was. The lady detective was ‘overcome’ by it all – ergo surely not grade 1 detective material?
In this ‘drama’ vein; Danny Boyle has left the latest James Bond crew. James Bond is iconic. But the same old Fleming plots, however disguised, leave little for ‘original’ guys.
These shows, TV and film, need original plots. Everything else is subjective – some viewers will like it, some won’t. But they will get watched. Hackneyed plots don’t.

Monday, August 20th 2018.

Quite warm and humid for five or six biked-miles locally. Hills well in the clouds, viewed from Elton Reservoir embankment.
Riding down from there fern hedges are eight feet high along farm tracks. Quite a few Goldfinches about.
Hopefully, Flying Scotsman pictures at weekend. Meanwhile …
This from 2016 visits.

Saturday, 18th August, 2018.

Much cooler for a biked five-miler early on. City of Wells again at Bury South – Flying Scotsman next weekend?
Pic today of Rhubarb growing nicely in a small bed. A bigger one is being readied for next year.
Tropical Storm, Ernesto (?) to cross Britain tonight bringing winds and rain. So what’s new?

Friday, 17th August 2018.

Dull this morning for a Lidl bike-ride for supplies. A full trolley-load fits three large panniers and a frontal basket – one way that food-buying helps with weight-loss. Another lb lighter today – the nurse will think I’m ill when I go for a check-up later this month! Pictured is a lilac-flowered potato plant. This must have grown from peelings as no spuds have been planted for years. But they will grow from peelings easily – really cost-effective.
Pic two is of a bird-seed Sunflower and, next to it, a Dahlia that’s growing bigger daily. A patch is being filled with kitchen compost for a new Rhubarb patch next year.