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by frogatthefarriers
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1279
Views: 129839

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Got the gardening jobs out of the way then this:- https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49814756822_7728e79ec2.jpg I am jealous of your lovely garden! Thanks You wouldn’t be quite so jealous if you had to look after it. I begrudge every moment I have to spend keeping it. And the veg plot. Why do I do...
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Before Cuben, carbon and Dyneema
Replies: 39
Views: 2012

Re: Before Cuben, carbon and Dyneema

Maybe we could have an Eroica camp out where participants must use their oldest tent, a Primus pump action petrol stove, Trangia pan set etc Good Idea. I was searching (one of) my sheds the other day and came across my old Primus 96 paraffin stove. The pump washer was shot but I made a new one. Hey...
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 194
Views: 12547

Re: Wildlife

Our swallows have been back for two weeks now. They've started nesting. My ride this evening was the closest I’ve ever felt to inhabiting a Mint Sauce strip. Huge bees bumbling about, butterflies, birdsong, a carpet of bluebells, deer all over the place, squirrels scampering past my wheels and the l...
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1279
Views: 129839

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Got the gardening jobs out of the way then this:-
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...all afternoon. :grin: Not all good though. The smell of the blossom was overpowering and the bees kept up this infernal humming. And I had no beers.
by frogatthefarriers
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 34864

Re: If we close up for a bit...

TBH, done the garden twice now I’ll be sleeping in my bivvy bag in the garden tonight for the third time in April. The first was a garden BAM. Last night was to watch the Lyrid meteor shower. Waited and waited ‘til I fell asleep. Saw .... none. Going to try again tonight. Looking on the bright side...
by frogatthefarriers
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Travel restrictions. Can anyone explain to me?
Replies: 29
Views: 1460

Re: Travel restrictions. Can anyone explain to me?

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:53 pm
nocarnognarnotfar rides
A perfect description of an ideal CV-19 acceptable bike ride. I like words and if I’d coined a phrase/word like that, I’d be very proud of myself.
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1112
Views: 226642

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.

Lunch....

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Well, you have to get your fun when you find it,
by frogatthefarriers
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 817
Views: 47828

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

I'd brought the rest of the ingredients with me - onions, butter, a potato, soured cream and a chicken stock cube. Is than lot required to make sure you cant taste the nettles :wink: I s'pose it’s a bit like stone soup - you can make a soup out of a stone, as long as you add some vegetables and mea...
by frogatthefarriers
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 817
Views: 47828

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

April (garden) BAM 4/4 For the bivvy-in-the garden I packed the bike as if I were going for the real thing... https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49777443648_7acf2e1a75.jpg ...then made a ten mile round trip to the doctors to drop off prescription repeat requests before landing back at home. I thoug...
by frogatthefarriers
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 34864

Re: If we close up for a bit...

I think the deal is that if you do bivvy out, or go on longer than necessary bike rides etc etc that you don’t post it on Strava or Facebook or here, the risk to your health or others health is probably tiny, but....... The more people post stuff about their ventures the more “acceptable” it is see...
by frogatthefarriers
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 34864

Re: If we close up for a bit...

I’m torn. Today I went for my usual round-the-block-bread-and-butter-keep-my-fitness-up ride. Some 18 miles. I’m lucky in that I live out in the countryside and I’m on the lanes straight out of my gate. Don’t have to come close to anyone. But - in the middle, in a little wood, far from houses, there...
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1279
Views: 129839

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

"the really small ones "pig taties" were for animal feed Aah! I remember pig tattles. When I was a lad, dad used to keep pigs. He had a giant pressure cooker to boil ‘taters for feed. Me and my mate used to wait for feeding time and take the freshly boiled potatoes. They were boiled unwashed, in th...
by frogatthefarriers
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Can anyone tell me ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1668

Re: Can anyone tell me ...

It’s not as far as Tipperary
by frogatthefarriers
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rat advice sought!
Replies: 31
Views: 1649

Re: Rat advice sought!

No food source at all only tents taprs and tyvek!! Make sure they're well out of the way - they'll happily eat those. An old work colleague told a story of a secret stash of cash behind a loose brick in an outhouse that his wife didn’t know about. It amounted to some £50 - quite a bit of money in t...
by frogatthefarriers
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My first bivvy
Replies: 17
Views: 1587

Re: My first bivvy

whitestone wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:46 pm
As my dad would have said: the man who never made a mistake never learned anything.
I don't think I've done a bivvy without doing something wrong. Sometimes more than once, to my shame..

Experience is a lousy teacher - it gives you the test before you've had the lesson. :roll:
by frogatthefarriers
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT Postponed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2274

Re: WRT Postponed.

Ha! I just checked - i'm on my rest days from work then, too. Result :grin: I've been thinking of giving the TCW another go. It'll make a good alternative methinks :-bd Actually, no. I’ve been thinking. To do it I’d have to get on a train, or do a TCW double. That’s not going to happen. Back to the...
by frogatthefarriers
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jockey wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: Jockey wheels

I suspect the teeth are very worn so slip under tension, it will be obvious when you get a new set. Either replace with SRAM NX specific or check on CRC for compatible jockey wheels. They could be, but it's always happened, even when they were new. The mud'n'grass wraps around and clogs them up. I ...
by frogatthefarriers
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jockey wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Jockey wheels

I need to replace them on an NX 11 speed. A question in two parts:- 1) The jockeys are thick-thin. Do they need to be? I’m asking because, on every muddy ride the chain jumps over by one link, so the thick teeth engage the thin slots in the chain and make it rattle. 2) They have 12 teeth (I s’pose t...
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 817
Views: 47828

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Absolutely intend to get up that way Frog when 'it' has been sorted out. I'll hold you to that! This BAM and last months' were by way of a recce for when you do make it up here. I need to find a route that uses more of the descents as descents -instead of pushes. There's always Aprils' BAM for anot...
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT Postponed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2274

Re: WRT Postponed.

Ha! I just checked - i'm on my rest days from work then, too. Result :grin:
I've been thinking of giving the TCW another go. It'll make a good alternative methinks :-bd
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 817
Views: 47828

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

BAM March 2020. 3/12. I suddenly thought, as I was finishing my set of shifts last week, "Oh 'eck! What if I get 'IT' and can't get my March bivvy in?" So I packed my stuff up and went for another tour of the Berwyns. Froncysyllte, along the canal to Chirk, over the hill to Pontfadog, over another h...
by frogatthefarriers
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 34864

Re: If we close up for a bit...

I'm one of the elderly people (over 70) that should be staying out of circulation, but tomorrow I'll be going in to work. Given the number of people I'll be coming into contact with, an "isolation" bivvy ain't going to put me in any greater risk, so April BAM will happen - local but no caffs or pubs...
by frogatthefarriers
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1279
Views: 129839

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Bum! Not so cheery - the lawnmower came out today. This means that for the next 6 or 7 months, at least one of my days off will be spent pushing it up and down the lawns. It’s my own fault, I planted the bl***y things. If seemed a good idea at the time. If only I’d known :roll:
by frogatthefarriers
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1112
Views: 226642

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.

whitestone wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:36 am
Spot the constellationImage
The Plough, or the Big Dipper, or Ursa Major. :-bd
by frogatthefarriers
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Face Masks.
Replies: 58
Views: 3159

Re: Face Masks.

I’m not worried enough by coronavirus (not worried at all, actually) to start taking extra precautions. Reasons? I’m already past the “span of a man” at three score years and eleven, so wouldn't be losing all that much if I were to peg it. And, there are a lot worse things to die of (thinking cancer...