Sunday, 27 January 2013
Arriving early enough for a few photos in early evening before the lecture was a bonus. The next day I had several hours around Norwich before driving out to the Norfolk Broads at Thurne.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Then stopped off in Ashford in the Water for shots of the church, river and Sheepwash Bridge (an old packhorse bridge).
The was a good 3 inches everywhere, snow on tops of walls, covering trees. A good day for black and white photos. Sorry this one is in colour, it's a mobile phone shot!
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
I have a late lecture booking tonight, to Chapel Camera Club. The venue is Chapel-en-le-Frith golf club, just a half mile from home! KO 8pm. All welcome.
The lecturer they had booked is having problems returning from Antarctica. Any excuse!
Title of my lecture is Travels in Monochrome. The photos were all taken between 2003 and 2005 and it's a print lecture. Starts in Colorado, then a trek I did with friends from Glasgow to Cape Wrath and finishing with the Tour of Mont Blanc. About 80 black and white darkroom prints, mostly 20 x 16 inches images.
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Jolly friendly bunch. Lots of book sales too.
Home by 2pm, quick bite to eat before walking around Eccles Pike to the Old Hall Inn in Whitehough. Just the 6 real ales and 2 real ciders to choose from! I'm on Happy Valley Black Magic, a dark ale, at the moment. Jolly tasty.
It's trying to snow and dark. Better have a 2nd pint to make sure we walk home safely!
Thursday, 10 January 2013
There are one or two more on the web site.
I noticed that my ski boots and the winter mountaineering boots that I also used for snowshoeing don't cause any tenderness. They are much taller boots than normal hiking boots. My last pair of boots were Meindl Borneo's and they were better than some boots I have had but still not that good as I couldn't do them up very far.
A Google search for 'walking boots for Achilles tendon' threw up a few options, one of which was a much taller hiking boot called the Meindl Dovre Extreme. These are only available in the UK through hunting, shooting and fishing outlets not the normal outdoor gear shops. Fortunately, we have one in Bakewell (Brocklehursts) that stocks Meindl, just a half hour drive away. They stocked a couple of different versions but the Meindl Dovre Extremes were the best fit to my feet.
I have had them for almost 6 months now and walked several hundred miles in them. They are about 4 inches (10cm) taller than my old Borneo's, lined with Gore-Tex so completely waterproof (good for wading into rivers to get close to waterfalls for photos) and very comfortable.
I thought the extra height may be a problem but it isn't, I don't notice it. The boots are so tall I also don't need to tie the laces tight, the boot shape keeps my foot in place. I don't go over on my ankle at all any more and there is no longer any tenderness of my Achilles during or after a walk/hike. The only disadvantage is the price, they are bloody expensive!
If you have a similar problem with your Achilles it may be worth your while trying to find some of these, or something similar, to allow you to continue walking the hills.
More to come when I find time.
Quite a few of these will be in my new book, City Light, due out in March.