2009
08.28

my arm

after many people asking me “what did you do to your arm chris?” i’ll attempt to answer that question here, albeit slowly typing one handed, (i already miss touch typing).

tuesday evening i was playing out on the street with the kids and i was pushing nathan down the street in something similar to one of these.

and now it gets a bit more complicated so i may as well use a diagram.

wrist accidenti was pushing nathan in that cart like thing above. having given nathan one final push and let go i was heading towards the pavement in the direction of the arrow. only i didn’t know jack was on his bike and coming up behind me. we both collided and i remember his front wheel hitting my leg but then i blacked out and woke up 15ft further down the road with no idea how i got there are which part of my body hit the ground first.

Thats all for now. i’ll add updates when i ask kids on the street what happened.

2009
08.21

Results

I got my AS Level results yesterday and I did really well. I got A in Maths, A in Geography and B in Physics. I also managed to pull my General studies up from a D to a C and have also worked out that I need 13/100 marks in C4 to get an A at A Level maths. Not going to be complacement though. Now with 3 weeks left of the summer hols I am planning on finishing my PS, (already done half of it) and start to revise FP1 and phyics for the tests when we get back to college :(

2009
08.11

The Lakes

Started off early Monday morning and had a good drive up the M6 and managed to get all the way to Ambleside without any hickups but then on the road down to hawkshead we met a coach coming the other way and suffice to say, two into one do not go but with a bit of umming, ahr’ing and a bit of team spirit we backed up the traffics behind the coach and reversed it into a side road. So with dad’s nerves totally shattered we pulled in to hawkshead at about half one on Monday afternoon.
We then set up and found the Yardys, old neighbours who moved down to Kent a few years ago. The aftenoon was then spent in the stream behind the site, time mainly spent building a pretty big dam across it and in the end it held a hell of a lot of water, let a lot through it mind but even so what do you expect from a dam made of stones. With the dam complete I set about taking pictures of it with my camera and I do have to say they are quite good. In the end we had to destroy the dam so that we did t flood any campsites upstream but it would have been funny if we did.
We then bbq’ed in the evening and had a wonderful tea and then after, with a few logs on the BBQ and lit into a good fire, toasted marsh mallows for the remainder of the evening. To round off the day I got a few good shots of the moon rising over grizedale forest and got a lovely seven and half minute exposure of the stars.
Woke up Tuesday morning to glorious sunshine and after breakfast went for a walk up latterbarrow, which by the time we got to the top was quite windy but nice and cooling. Then after the walk back down had lunch and then went up to rydal water. Once there my mad sister then swam out to the rocky island in the middle along with lewis and Alexander. I was quite happy taking pictures of mad people swimming or of the ducks nearby. We then drove back and had tea and then spent most of the evening playing ring of fire and talking in the tent.
Wednesday we departed hawkshead in a drive that dad was not looking forward to but in the end we got to the site at conniston without any major hickups such as a coach in the way.
Unhitched and setup we all walked down to coniston along the lake footpath and had a bit of food to push us on to the BBQ when we got back to the caravan. I do have to say that the steak pie that I had was very nice and the chips weren’t bad either. The butchers in coniston does lovely sausages and so we stopped in there on the way back to the caravan we also picked up some bacon chops in garlic butter as well.
Back at the van we showered and set about bbq’ing the food which was all very nice except the bacon was very salty which was a bit disappointing as they looked very nice.
We headed up to Keswick on Thursday morning to go to George fisher to get some boots for my D of E in the autumn. I have to say that they are very good. The boots they sell are more in the premium side but the service they offer is next to nothing and they sell them with a garantee that if they aren’t right then they will refund some of the money. I would definitely recommend them.
Back in Coniston, we walked down to the village again and hired a rowing boat for me, mum and dad while my sister paddled around on a kayak, I blistered my hands rowing though.
Overall it was a good holiday and I will post some of the pictures up to flickr and facebook tomorrow if I get round to it.