Weeknotes #19 - Summer break edition

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The first holiday activity was kayaking, a ‘sport’ I have not partaken in for many a year. It was tremendous fun, and I might’ve got the bug. I even went river swimming, wore a silly boy racer hat and then stupidly played squash afterwards. Photos taken by Alex - thanks!

Jason and the team on the water Four intrepit kayakers River swimming! Sticky toffee pudding at The Anchor Me in a silly boy racer hat


I quite enjoy a good bake. I don’t have many culinary skills, but I’m not too bad at cakes, providing they are a variation on the classic Victoria sponge. I made a Passion Fruit and Orange cake for my sister’s birthday, and it went down rather well.

The passion fruit and orange cake


After a ridiculously early alarm call, Lauren and I went up to London. We parted ways at Elephant & Castle and I wandered through the city over to Daisie. It was great to head back and see the team - the last four months have flown by since leaving them.

Leadenhall market The Gherkin building Emma covered in dogs

I then met up with Tim (check out his snazzy new website) for lunch at St. Pauls. Following that, I wandered over to the Tate Modern for an afternoon of art - not something I usally do. It was really great - Naoya Hatakeyama’s series on the urban night lights of Tokyo was a particular highlight. I took a number of photographs on my phone, aiming to capture silhouettes in the museum and city.

A Liverpool Street station silhouette The millenium bridge looking over to St. Pauls. A light panel piece, there's a similar one in Bishopsgate The Shard, and Canary Wharf/Canada Water from the Tate viewing platform A silhouette by the tower of radios The concrete architecture of the Tate underbelly More angles, concrete and gorgeous light A vast concrete room filled with art I didn't understand Huge windows creating huge shadows in the main Tate atrium


City life does very little for me, I much prefer to be out in the silence of the sticks. I took the opportunity to go for a number of walks; sometimes several a day, just to get out and clear my head. The weather was pretty stunning all week, so most evenings would see a walk down the fields behind the village. It was lush.

Sheffield Park Walk Wood The evening sun setting behind a tree More sunsets

Sheffield Park and cooking

Thursday was a chilled day of reading, walking, film watching and burger making. Solid.

A vast array of waterlillies on the Sheffield Park lake A burger of my creation Newick church at sunset


It’s been several months since I went down to Goodwood. There was a Mustang track day, but to be honest it could’ve been anything. It was just nice to potter around, eat breakfast, look at some planes and cars, take a few snaps and head home!

A spitfire in the sun A small crowd gathered atop the pitlane Ford Mustang. 70's spec. Stunning. A stunt plane taking off A more modern mustang out on track

Sheffield Park (again)

For the third time in the week, I went to Sheffield Park! National Trust’s are such good value on a young person’s ticket. My sister got a tripod for her birthday, so we went out to try it out. It’s been a while since I’ve taken a tripod on a walk, so I grabbed an ND filter and did some long exposures by the lake.

The rather scummy top lake Sheffield Park's lower lake Waterfall and bridge down to the lower lake Twisty trees - a shot that still alludes me More twisty trees The top lake up to the house


I attended my second Parkrun, narrowly beating my PB. I reckon I set off too fast and paid the price near the end, but I made it! The day ended with another wander round the village.

Seaford beach at 9am Limbering up for the run Another village walk


Lauren was playing in the Sussex Stoolball tournament on Sunday, so I headed down to Seaford again to cheer them on! It was lots of fun!

Seaford beach on a slightly worse day The wonderful stoolball team

There endeth my holiday snaps.

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