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Goblin Combe – March 2015

Over the weekend, I managed to achieve two complete walks. While my blog may have appeared slightly dry and light in regular content lately, the recurrence of spring is luring me back in to a regular routine of walking.

Today, I’ll write about Saturday’s walk and, in another post, I’ll tell you about Sunday’s.

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Clash of the 80s

This week’s DVD rentals have been about taking a trip back through time to a land of nostalgia…

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From my growing list of titles to rent, I selected two that hark back to the 1980s.

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The Dalí Clock

I must’ve received this clock (as a gift) somewhere between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, when I was very much in to the Surrealist art movement, using it as the focus for much of my A-Level Art work.

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To say I appreciate this clock is an understatement. I’ve never (knowingly) met anyone else who owns one and the majority of visitors will comment on it. But it stopped running correctly a few years and, in spite of several battery exchanges, I couldn’t get it back to its best… Until now!

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Window Mirror Concept

Inspired by this recent video from Ana White, I’ve spent a short space of time over the weekend thinking about a window-style mirror that I make for my flat.

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It’s an old building with windows only down one wall (one in each room), as another building backs on to this. With high ceilings, it can also get dim even with the lights in full glow and, while I’ve had an idea to source a large mirror to help disperse more of the limited natural light, it may cost about the same for me to just make one.

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Blagdon Lake

Saturday’s walk, my first of the month, was inspired by a regular feature within the latest edition of North Somerset Life magazine, which was left on my doormat only two-days in advance.

Their walks are usually of a more ‘accessible’ length and rating. But that doesn’t mean I have to follow the guide to the T – so, true to my nature; I decided to change the start point, alter the main focus of the route and then to extend it by a number of miles unknown before I would return to my car!

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Extractor Fun

In my flat, there are two wall-mounted extractor fans that serve the common purpose of removing warm and damp air. You’ll find one in the bathroom and the other in the kitchen.

My bathroom fan has always worked well. But in the kitchen, the fan has often been very slow to start (if and when it decides to do that much) and, while it is spinning, it often sounds as though it’s ‘knocking’ and would simultaneously create a rhythm of its own.

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During his recent visit, I raised this issue with my landlord, who suggested the first port of all should be to open it up and clean it out. I volunteered to do this in my own time and this is the short story that documents the process.

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Grand Viewing

I’ve found it hard to commit to using my laptop during the past week. I’ve had the time in the evenings but I seem to have been lacking in energy, once all the dishes and cleaned and my clothes have been washed…

But I’m here now, to write about two rented discs that have just been returned to sender only twenty-four hours ago.

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One is strictly sci-fi; the other… Is just entertaining! Read more of this post

Cookie Dough Pizzas

Yes, there’s a plural in that title and it’s not a mistake.

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Last weekend, I made a (not so) difficult decision to forgo my typical evening meals in favour of a couple of sweet treats.

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