Olly Writes

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Fog in a Box

Saturday came and with it, the opportunity for me to lead my fifth (and final) Ramblers walk of the year. I’m pleased to say I’ve now done enough to have earned myself a £20 voucher at Cotswold Outdoor. In 2013, I lead a total of three walks to gain £10. This year, I’ve gone that extra bit further. What will 2015 bring?

A great day for low-visibility.

It got off to a very foggy start as I set off from home.

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Bathroom Bedlam (Part 1)

This is something I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks now – that is to say, that I started it a fortnight ago and, although I’ve not been working on it solidly or with any kind of routine, the work is still very much in progress.

The Problem.

After creating an agreement with my landlord, I’ve begun to look at the cause of the damp patch that has slowly grown beside the shower in my bathroom and to move forward with the rectification of this problem.

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Kelston Round Walk

When I first heard of ‘Kelston Round’, I assumed it was some kind of circular walk; perhaps even the focus of an annual fundraising event. It was only about six months ago that I learned it’s solely the name of a hill near Bath. So, yesterday, I went off to explore it.

If you’re interested to know the exact route, you can find it as Walk 22 of Geoff Mullett’s Walk West Again eBook.

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Potato Wedges / Halogen Bolognese

A couple more recent recipes to share with you; the first of which came from the cook book that came with my halogen oven and the second came from a website dedicated to halogen oven recipes.

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‘Don’t Die For DIY’

While the internet has become an invaluable resource for the self-helpers and people who desire to cry ‘I can do this‘; when you research or receive advice, it’s often worth applying a little common sense and thinking before diving in with both feet.

If you’re looking to fit a new door, change the locks, repair a plastered wall or stop you toilet cistern from hissing (for example) then it’s almost as simple and straightforward as to follow the web page or video from your browser. But when it comes to a subject that involves tinkering with electricity and lives wires then I have always believed that we should stop and carefully assess before getting started.

Should a piece of wood hit you on the head, you’ll develop a lump, you may even suffer a concussion but you’ll almost certainly recover. Spilled water can be mopped up; walls can be painted over. But when you’re working with electrics, there isn’t always going to be a second chance.

I am writing this post to support and raise awareness of a campaign (Don’t Die For DIY) and I’d like to thank Gareth for bringing it my attention so that I can share it with you.

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Lemon Dribble Cake

I’ve been on a bit of a cake-baking frenzy of late. In this post, I’m going to share with you my first (and then second) attempt at baking a lemon drizzle cake, about a fortnight ago. Last Saturday was an unofficial ‘Cake Day’ where a friend and I got together to try and bake-away the mistakes that have plagued our recent efforts…

I had no initial intention of baking a specific lemon drizzle cake. I was searching online for ideas that would suit my halogen oven when I stumbled upon this recipe at the same very site.

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Slad Valley

It’s officially less than two months to Christmas. In the UK and Europe, the clocks have already gone back one hour, meaning we lose 60 minutes of precious daylight from our evenings. With the turn in season, my walks will also continue to shorten as I fight the lure of hibernation. But walk on, I must. I will.

For the first time since May, I took a trip up to the Cotswolds on Sunday in an effort to discover the Slad Valley, not too far from Stroud.

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Kitchen Complete?

There was a third DIY task that I accomplished in the kitchen over the weekend and it was without a doubt the simplest task of them all, even though I suspect some people may not be as accustomed to to this kind of job as others…

I installed a simple wall rack for hanging saucepan lids.

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