Category Archives: Porlock Hill

A rare piece of good timing


Normally I could wait a few years between opportunities to take photos like this. Now it’s twice within two weeks

We timed our trip to Porlock (and our departure from it) extremely well. As we left on Saturday the temperature had plummeted and there were snow flurries in the air. By Sunday morning Porlock Hill was closed. I’d like to think they are putting up a plaque to commemorate me cycling up it on Friday – but I rather expect it’s due to the snow.

We have a couple of inches of snow here in Oxfordshire so no running but I managed an hour on the turbo on Sunday morning before an excellent lunch with friends in the village. So, a great few days but they have left their mark on my weight with the typical ‘three steps forward, two steps back’ routine that sees me back to 70.3kg (155lbs).

I’d like to pretend it’s just extra muscle from the weight training but I know that’s not true, so it’s time to take the issue a bit more seriously and exercise some willpower. We are out again for next Sunday’s lunch but in the meantime it’s a target of a kilo (2.2lbs) off this week.

The temperature is hovering around freezing but I got out of the village today and went to the gym for an hour …. but is it doing any good (generally or to my cycling)?

While in the car the iPod shuffle function came up with both ‘When Johnny strikes up the band’ and ‘Werewolves of London’ by Warren Zeavon. By such small things the day is brightened.


The chickens are not very impressed by the snow ….


…. and will the new laurel hedge be OK?