A walk around Rhossili Down in January

EmsSunset over RhossiliA happy coupleRhossili Down OS trig pointLooking good?Neigh!
Iron Age defence ditch?HillfortRhossili Sunset

Rhossili Down (January 2012), a set on Flickr.

I’ve been quite active this year – going to the gym, and heading outdoors to make the most of the stunning countryside on my doorstep.

A few weeks ago, on a stunning Sunday, my wife and I headed for Rhossili Down, here’s a few pics from our walk.

I’ll be posting more in the next day or so 🙂


A reasonable start!

Anyone who knows me would have been shocked to have seen me walking out of a central Swansea gym earlier this evening. But yes, I have made a good start on one of my resolutions – I’ve joined a gym and actually been for a workout.

The gym I’ve joined is The Gym, a national chain of budget gyms newly opened in Swansea. At only £10.99 a month for the first 12 months it’s a bargain. And, the no joining fee or contract suits me fine – should I suddenly lapse .


The gym itself is fairly spacious, spreading across the upper floors of a retail complex, and is equipped with a good range of basic cardio and resistance machines supplied by Matrix Fitness – don’t expect state-of-the-art with entertainment screens or internet access, it is a budget gym after all.

There are number of personal trainers walking the floor, who seem to be happy to put you right if you’re using the equipment wrong. But, if you’re looking for anything more such as a training programme or motivational support you’ll have to pay extra.

I went around 6.00pm today and it was rather busy. There are around 25 treadmills and all seemed to be occupied, although I didn’t have to wait long. I started with 10 minutes on one of the cycling machines before another 10 minutes on a cross-trainer. I then tried a couple of reps on two different types of shoulder press machines before finishing with 10 minutes on the treadmill. If the machines are to be believed I burned off around 300 calories – a reasonable start (if I may say so!).

Having worked up a sweat I wanted to shower before heading home. I was pleased to see that there were separate cubicles and several of them. The changing room is basic but clean and well appointed.

As I’m just starting out and not looking to join a fitness class yet (I think I’m not fit enough yet) I’d have to say that I’d give The Gym the thumbs up. It offers good facilities, basic but perfectly fine equipment, and at an introductory price of £10.99 a bargain to boot.

Resolutions for 2012

I’m not usually one for resolutions, but this year I’d like to:
1. Read more
2. Blog more
3. Listen to more music
4. Exercise more, lose weight and feel fitter
5. Get a digital SLR and take-up photography
6. Work harder on my degree course, and not leave my essays until the last minute
7. Be a better husband, be more understanding and supportive, and do more around the house

Well they’re written down for all to see and judge how well I get on.

Good luck me 🙂

My view this lunchtime

This is my lunchtime view this lovely day. I’m sitting here looking down at the stream and valley listening to the birds sing whilst reading up on migration and identity for my OU DD101 course – bliss!

Mumbles wreck

The Gower coast has some notable wrecks, the Helvetia at Rhossili probably the most famous. This wreck at Mumbles is probably no more than a small local craft left in the bay to break up over time.

Then again, I could be wrong. It’s a mystery I’ll have to solve – first stop the West Glamorgan Archives Service for a bit of sleuthing.

Dire Straits Alchemy Live

Despite being unable to read music or play an instrument I love music. I’ve got nigh on 500 CDs stored in several places throughout the house.  The past week, after having a bit of a sort,  I’ve had the sounds of Dire Straits blasting through the house.

Here’s a clip of Dire Straits performing Telegraph Road on tour in 1984 – classic!

One of my favourite albums has got to be their Alchemy Live with Telegraph Road being a particular track I like to repeat. It’s got great lyrics which make you question whether with all our technology we’ve really improved life, and the music, especially the riff (at least that’s what I think it’s called) gets the old adrenaline going when driving.

A worthy toast to Nelson

I tried this Bateman’s ale earlier this week. It’s a lovely smooth ale with a fruity tang, a worthy toast to a national hero indeed. Here’s to you Nelson.