David to compete in Ironman Barcelona

I’ve entered Ironman Barcelona. The race is on Sunday, 5th October (I shall be in the water at 8.30am). The event is being held at Calella – a short coastal train ride from Barcelona. There’s more information here:


I hope I can count on your support!

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Janet recruits supporters for Dementia Friends Cafe at Beeston Carnival

IMG_1530Janet spent the day on a Dementia Friends stall at Beeston Carnival, recruiting supporters and raising interest in the Dementia Cafe starting in the autumn. It arises from an initiative in the Council, aiming to make Broxtowe “dementia-friendly”.

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Has David been selected for Le Tour?

_76106267_tour15_gettyThe winner of the UK stage of the Tour de France cycle race today looks rather like David, but is a German cyclist called Marcel Kittel.

I know David’s been training a lot recently, but I didn’t realise he was so ambitious!

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Last chance to purchase a new family property in Devonshire Avenue

14 Dev Ave The agents report active interest in the house next door to No 16.  It will require considerable modification to turn it back into “a substantial single residential dwelling for long term family living,” including separating it off from the Council car-park in which it now stands.  Full details are available here.

There are some advantages in being able to determine who your neighbours are, especially after enjoying 36 years with quiet office users over the wall.

If the family could see some additional utility in owning and developing this “rare and interesting opportunity,” now is the time to draw up a business plan.  Finance needn’t be a stumbling-block.

Any offers?

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50 years ago this month

D Phil graduation 1964 001In June 1964, I graduated MA DPhil in Physiology from a well-known midlands university and then went on to complete my medical studies.

My brother David was in the party, with my mother [my Dad must have taken this photo] and Janet, not even engaged.

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New Log Splitter and a New Log Shack

This my new log splitter, which enables me to split logs that are too big or too knotted to do with my smaller splitter or an axe. It also cuts at a very fast rate, drawing the wood into the spiral cone and a wedge underneath, a tool not to be taken lightly. I have also started improving the access to my new log shack, on the other side of the weak bridge. It is an idyllic setting to receive cordwood without the final leg of the journey up the steep hill and means that we have fewer larger vehicles coming up to Tyn-y-Waen. P1140528 P1140535

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Building bigger barns…

SummerhouseOur new summerhouse went up last week, placed strategically on a new stone patio designed to match the existing one.

Not too big, and not too small. We await the rambling rose, the inside light and a little heater for the autumn evenings!

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David completes the Outlaw Half


I recently took part in the Outlaw Half middle distance triathlon from the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. The distances covered were 1.2 miles of open water swimming, 56 miles on the bike and a half marathon of 13.1 miles. Having prepared for the last 8 months I was really pleased to come in at 5hrs, 52min and 11s. Many thanks to family and friends for supporting me in the build up to one of the biggest challenges I’ve undertaken!

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Nature red in tooth and claw

magpie v thrushWe watched this magpie attack a thrush on the lawn today. It is one of a pair who often feed from our bird-table, and it started to eat the little bird while it was still fluttering its wings.

It looked pretty cruel: Goliath v David, but why should we favour one species over another?  We once saw a sparrow-hawk take out a pigeon in the same hunting-ground.


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David completes the Outlaw Half-Triathalon in record time

Done it!Family celebratesDavid completed a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run in under 6 hours this morning at Holme Pierrepoint, the National Watersports Centre.

The family watched David complete the endurance event, and then shared in a birthday picnic lunch for him and Tom.

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