Saturday, 31 January 2009
Oslo: Lisbon, Lisboa: Lima: Piracicaba, Sao Paulo: Brazil: Jakarta, Jakarta Raya: Shanghai: Saint Louis, Missouri: Bilbao, Pais Vasco: Bloomingdale, Illinois: Madrid: Bucharest, Bucuresti: Milan, Lombardia: Espoo, Southern Finland: Ingersheim, Alsace: Baarn, Urtecht: Angra, Azores: Gurgaon, Haryana
It's a Satmap Active 10 - and it's pretty amazing, so far...
The system uses Ordnance Survey maps on SD memory cards and I have bought a 'custom built' map covering the area I think I will need locally. When I planned it out on a paper map it turned out to be 80km x 50km and happened to be centred on Luton Airport.
O.K. the map alone was over £100, but look at what it does...
Initial screen before unit obtains 'home co-ordinates'
Zoomed in on Redbourn
One of the roads around the common.
It is possible to zoom in even further but obviously a lot of detail is lost. At this level you can easily see which side of the road you are walking on.
The beauty of this unit is that you need no longer worry about straying from a footpath and walking through a farmyard which is 'out of bounds'. As soon as you stray from the footpath, it's immediately obvious on the screen. Just to left of the road below, you can see a footpath across the common clearly marked in green.
Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Helped out with the printing of the Parish Magazine this morning. Made 300 copies of the magazine on the photocopier. This month the magazine consists of about 16 double sided A4 pages with a colour cover sheet back and front. The copier collates all the copies and is supposed to staple them as well, but it seems the stapling side of things is too flimsy and isn't really up to the job. So, I did the stapling this morning - luckily we have an electric stapler!
Had to get to the Church for 9:30 (am!) - look it was still foggy (for "heavens" sake!).
1000 of the 1270 copies required - last 270 to be done tomorrow!
Then, the distribution side of the organisation takes over...
Monday, 26 January 2009
We have do produce a review of the hotel and say if we would recommend it to our friends - with no hot water! I shouldn't have been too surprised as I had previously read a review of the hotel on one of the travel websites where an American visitor had complained that there was no hot water, and that was on the 19th January. Maybe they had the same room as us?
The hotel has 111 bedrooms but we were the only people eating in the restaurant! We ate in the cheaper bar/restaurant as the "one with the AA rosette" isn't open on Sunday nights. The food was O.K. but overpriced for what it was.
There were a couple of business meetings starting as we left this morning, but it seems their main trade is 'funeral teas' as they are very close to Garston Crematorium. We were told they did at least one a day.
Never mind funerals...on our return home the garden was springing into life...
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Many attractions and places of interest are open 'free of charge' to those with an AL postcode.
SWIMBO and I have just been to St.Albans and joined a 'Crime & Punishment' tour.
Firstly we visited the cells beneath the old Magistrates Court.
Then into the courtroom itself, which operated until 1964.
We had to admire the ceiling.
This is the 7th year of 'Residents First' and seems to be getting more and more popular.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Looking forward to receiving my first pension payment on the 24th!
When my (relatively) large lump sum payment went into the bank the statement entry was followed by: "JIMO NHS MNTHLY A" so I am hoping that a huge error has been made and that I will be receiving my lump sum payment every month from now on - somehow I doubt it, watch this space...
In the meantime, the vouchers above were received following a very constructive 'complaint(?)' letter I sent to Greene King following our stay at the White Hart at Coggeshall - see entry dated 5th January.
The room was, I suppose best described as 'tired' and needed some T.L.C. The staff had mentioned that they were rather stretched and I felt that I should make this point to Greene King, hoping that standards weren't being allowed to slip at this otherwise excellent hotel. Plus, there was a large space on the shelf where our promised DVD player should have been.
The slightly poor room certainly did not spoil our stay, and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time as you will have heard - we were only there for one night after all.
As mentioned in my letter to Greene King, I realise that the preferred option is to complain at the time, but the duty manager was doubling up, and manning reception and the bar and I doubted that anything could have been done to put things right during our short stay.
Monday, 19 January 2009
They have enough dust sheets to do a proper job of 'sheeting up' as they call it.
Of course, the sheets have other uses:
Found cache No.2 yesterday hidden in the base of a tree which I must have walked past hundreds of times.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
During the last day, there have been visitors from:
Washington, Idaho, Santiago, South Carolina, Parana (Brazil), Laval (Pays de la Loire), Golas (Brazil), Minnesota, Keila Harjumaa (?), Wisconsin, Caracas, Bratislava, Boulogne-billancourt (Ille-de-France), Andalucia, Riga, Hyderabad, Madras, Florida, Ontario, Montreuil-bellay, Jalisco (?), Madrid, Cabanac-et-villagrains, Tamil Nadu.
SWMBO thinks 'JR' is an international code for VIAGRA.
(For those who have enquired: SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed)
This, believe it or not, is looking towards the site of the Channel 4's Time Team excavation of the four Roman temples shown on television during the last couple of weeks.
The cricket pavilion on the common stripped back to its main girders - click on the photo to zoom in and see the amazing distortion to one of the girders caused by the intense heat of the fire.
A 'gradient marker' (is there a correct term?) showing that, "It's all downhill to Redbourn from Harpenden".
Friday, 16 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
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Went along the Nicky Railway Line towards Harpenden to enter the mysterious world of geocaching for the first time:
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache anywhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online.
Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.
The original cache type consists, at a bare minimum, of a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container for example filled with goodies, or a smaller container ("micro cache") such as a 35mm film drum, too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the geocache web page are the exact location for the cache.The general rule of thumb is, "If you take an item, leave an item, and write in the logbook."
All very mysterious...
I went on the web page, found 'Nicky Line No.5' (there are 7, plus a bonus you can find after searching out all the rest and solving a combined clue).
I entered N 51 degrees 48.445 W 000 degrees 23.129 and set off.
There is an optional clue which I opted for as this was my first cache, which was 'under some sleepers'.
Amazingly I found it quite easily (it was listed as a simple one), the above photo is obviously taken from the boundary fence as the box was totally invisible from the footpath.
I was completely unprepared, of course, and didn't take anything to put in the box - probably not expecting to find the thing at all.
So...there you go, my first geocache and I'm still not sure about it all.
There are millions and millions worldwide and this series was 'planted' by the Berko Monkeys.
If all that's not sad enough, my best buy today was 5 kilos (kilos!) of potatoes from Aldi for 49p!
By the way - 4.26 miles walked today.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
I've had to give my apologies for the Neighbourhood Watch meeting this evening as I don't think it's fair to 'knock out' all the Street Coordinators in one go with this nasty bug.
I'll just have to spend the day continuing to tidy up the office, with a box of tissues to hand.
Monday, 12 January 2009
We had a good meal at Lussmanns restaurant in St.Albans on Saturday evening. The only gripe was that, being a 'modern' restaurant with no soft furnishings, the general noise level rises tremendously during the evening. It's not too bad if you are on a table for two, but any more than that and conversation would be difficult - unless you shout, then it gets worse and worse! - oh, and the tables were a bit small and squashed in a bit. Apart from that...the food and service were very good, but at minus 5 Centigrade it was a bit nippy walking back to the car, although I don't think we can hold Lussmanns responsible for that?
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Oh well, maybe next week then?
Friday, 9 January 2009
Apologies to those who had logged on and wondered what had happened.
I posted them, logged off, logged back on to check them, and all was fine, then...goodness knows.
Anyway, all re-posted, and hopefully O.K. now.
3.30 miles today including part of the Nicky Railway Line which ran (still runs?) between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden.
Makes you wish you had an open fire at home - look at all those logs!
Maybe they're there for the wildlife, though?
That'll be a Roman Road then, straight for miles.