A Tribute to a Very Special Dog The Early Days My wife Margaret and I didn't choose Ruby: that was the result of youngest son Christopher deciding on having his own doggie companion to join him in the flat he shared with his work college and friend and his pup! When Chris viewed a litter … Continue reading Remembering Ruby
How it Unfolded for Me Tuesday, 9 February 2021 - the day of my first dose of the vaccine had arrived and I set off at a brisk walk for the slightly over half-mile outward journey to the medical centre. I say brisk! Well, it was for me! I was really striding out; although I … Continue reading The Covid-19 Outbreak: Year Two
Day 1: Wednesday 16 October 2019 Destination Our pre-boked taxi arrived on time at 09:30 and conveyed Margaret and me to Preston Railway station. It was my 73rd birthday and in celebration we were embarking on a visit to Glasgow and The Highlands. As a follow-up to last year's 'recce' visit, this year's was to … Continue reading The Glasgow Trip 2019
The Plan As part of my birthday celebration, in October 2018 my wife Margaret and I took a mini break over three days with overnight stops in Glasgow and, on our way home, Grassington. Our 'flying' Glasgow trip was intended as just a recce visit for us to gain a flavour of what is on … Continue reading The Glasgow Trip 2018
#rideforgarai Longest Ride Challenge 2018 I was proud to sign up and commit to this challenge. This was despite my current longest ever ride (the ride to better, set 12 months ago) being an intentional once-in-a-lifetime 100.1 mile effort! This was at the West Coast Classic – action pics below! I hoped to join Idai … Continue reading My ‘Longest Ever’ Ride
I suffered a mild heart attack on 18 October 2014 ~ This is my story of how I have managed my recovery. The only 'warning' of the imminence of the heart attack was a feeling of unease; a sort of awareness that I might be starting to feel dizzy - I wasn't actually feeling dizzy, and … Continue reading Heart Attack ~ and Recovery
On Saturday 2 April 2016, I had just started out on a journey to Manchester but, while talking to my son Mark, I drove past the junction that links from the M65 to the M61. After realising and saying to Mark that "We need to go back to the . . ", we spotted this car! … Continue reading Spooky!
Before I relate my experience of joining Ben for the day, let me set the scene with the reason why we joined Ben. Below is the 401 Challenge Facebook page banner following his journey with Red Rose Road Runners and other supporters on his 213th of 401 planned marathons on consecutive days. And I don’t … Continue reading A Fun Day Out with Ben Smith