Had a great anniversary weekend with lots of indulgences so decided to try to arrest my middle aged spread by walking 6 miles through Slough to work at Langley College.
I am invigilating GCSE exams today so left my house at about 6.15am to get to work early. It was 13 degrees and cloudy but otherwise dry and pleasant.
There’s a couple of different routes I could take but today I opted for the one that takes me through Slough town centre as there was some shopping I wanted to pick up en route.
After walking for a couple of miles through the Britwell and Manor Park Estates, I passed through Baylis Park and noticed that all the parks in Slough seem to be getting these outdoor gyms. Great idea.
As you walk through this park you pass the walls of the Baylis House and its grounds, some ducks, a stream and a pond.
I have fond memories as a child when there was a Lido here and you could enjoy paddling on a hot summers day.
As you leave Baylis, you cross a road, past a mosque, under the Main London train line and into Salt Hill Park.
Cross the road next to the recycling site walls.
Under the railway tunnel. Often has people smoking cannabis. The council have now erected CCTV to monitor the tunnel but it doesn’t seem to stop people.
Into Salt Hill Park with its outdoor gym, cafe, bowling alley and tennis courts.
As I left Salt Hill Park, I joined the A4 and walked past the old Church, the new curve building and through the Town Centre until I reached the Sainsbury’s where I stopped to pick up some Jack Daniels (on offer at £16 for 70cl) and some bananas for breakfast. Another mile and half along Langley road and I arrived at the College at about 8.00 am. 12800 steps in all. Not a bad way to start Monday morning.
Friday night was a great night out with Debbie and friends from work.
Playing pool with Chris & the girls and drinking at Bar H
Mexican food & cocktails were great
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was definitely worth the wait. It’s an excellent sequel and even funnier than the first. The soundtrack is also awesome!
Saturday morning, went to work for half a day for the College Fun/Open Day.
Dads birthday and a little Family party on Saturday night.
Car boot sale on Sunday morning, some shopping and then erect three sides of the shed. Quite a busy weekend.
Have aches all over, possibly a hernia, hit my thumb with a hammer on Saturday, and the nail went a little black. Sunday, I decided this didn’t hurt enough, so hit it again to make sure along with some blisters, a bruise and a splinter. Washing machine also died on Friday night, so had a new one arrive on Sunday. A quick bit of plumbing and it seems to work alright.
And finally, this months Radpberry Pj magazine comes with a complete kit to build your own google voice assistant. Can’t wait to build it!
So, one of my students had finished his work. I got him to start typing in a polygon program onto the BBC Micro Computer. A short while later he says..”Sir, there is steam coming from the computer”
I looked over to see smoke coming from the machine. I rushed over and made sure the power was off. Panic set in and I started wafting the smoke away and praying the fire alarm would not go off. There was no fire but a reasonable size cloud of smoke bellowed from the machine. Turns out it was the victim of the power supply capacitor problem suffered by many of these computers. Have ordered some replacement parts and hope to bring it back alive again soon. Watch this space…
Played squash today with Christian at Montem Leisure Centre.
Chris 3, Paul 2
Second week in a row losing. Never mind, I enjoyed the exercise and the chance to burn off some lunchtime calories.
Today was my second 30 minute run of the New Year followed by a 30 minute brisk dog walk.
Bought a Salter Nutri Twist to make my own healthy smoothies at work – tried it out today with some bananas. Looking forward to trying some other recipes: