Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dad is back from his travels

Well he's back ... not even a strike by Lufthansa could stop him ! Folk from his party were scattered around various airports in the UK but Dad flew back to Manchester and even managed to get back earlier than his original flight!

He's had a good couple of weeks ... apparently the first week was too hot the second week too cold ... there ain't pleasing some folks !

Monday, September 7, 2015

Austria trip

Well Dad sounds to be having a great time in Austria. Sound like he had better weather the first week. He got himself a bus/lift pass and has been making the most of it! He hops on a bus to the ski lift and then takes  the lift up the mountains and then has a walk back down and hops back on the bus back to the hotel. If he times it right he gets to have lunch at the top of the mountain ! That sounds my sort of "walking" :)

He usually manages to get back to the hotel in time to catch the end of the days cycling in the Tour of Spain ! I did tell him that the Tour of Britain has started but that's not being shown on  Eurosport so I have to text him the results.

He's now moved onto Saalbach and sounds like he's had a couple of wet days. He was going to hire another e-bike but the weather was a bit wet/cold so he gave it a miss. Again he's been using the buses/ski lifts to get up the mountains. Today he's been to Zell am See and on a steam train to visit a waterfall ! I was well jealous of the steam train until he told me it broke down ! 

He's been out and about in the evening too. He went to a music and dancing pub one night (I bet he moaned it was "too loud") and tonight he is going bowling - that I would love to see !

Just one full day left tomorrow as he's back home on Wednesday !

Friday, August 28, 2015

Walking up a George - you got to love Dad's text messages

Yesterday his text read

" walkwent up a george,,.. the" 

followed swiftly by another text message that said

"Had a gd day wethgret not dun wel on texing lv dadx"

I'm a bit out of practice deciphering Dad's Speak but I get the gist ... Great weather, been on a train, bus and walked up a gorge, had a good day. Had to laugh at the ... not done well on texting and using George instead of gorge :)

Today's message he'd sorted out where the blank space was so instead of using the full stop and coming out looking like a web address it read quite well.
"Hi gd day on the bike got bak for 4" and he went on to tell me he'd watched the end of the Vuelta and a break away won.

I've told him practice makes perfect and hopefully by the end of his holiday he'll be up to speed in texting but Dad has his own text language which only a daughter can decipher. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

He's off on his travel this time to Austria

Yes Dad is off on his travels. After a slight hiccup with his EHIC card which expired in 2011 (did you know they have an expiry date!) we managed to sort (when I say "we", I mean me) and it arrived with several days to spare !

He set off early this morning - 3.00 am and I kindly declined his "should I ring you when I get to the airport" instead opting for a text message instead.

He's text to say he's now in Kitzbuhel ... he's sorted out a walk for tomorrow and Friday he's out on an e-bike with a free guide ... not sure if that's a person or a map! Either way I hope he doesn't run out of charge!

Had a quick Google, as you do, and he's staying at the Q! Resort Health & Spa .... that sounds VERY posh to me! The only link I could find in English was on TripAdvisor here and a link on here definitely a step-up from the YHA !

He was just off for his evening meal, I do hope it comes on warm or even a hot plate.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cycling the coast

Just ordered Dad a copy of Anna Hughes Eat, Sleep, Cycle - A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain. A bit of holiday reading for him and it should bring back many memories for Dad of his own trip around the coast !

Anyone interested the blurb reads ...
For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn’t that hard. Following the river from London until it became the sea, then following the sea until it reached the mouth of the Thames again was a beautifully simple idea. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names – as well as a hearty battle with some good old British weather – her simple idea turns into a compelling journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so special.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Crowning the President

A ceremony did take place to officially "crown" Dad as the President of the Staffordshire LDWA.

A weekend away

Well Dad has enjoyed his first weekend away since his op. He's been staying at the Woodlands Centre at Glasbury-on-Wye. He's had a great weekend, even though it was a bit nippy! I did ask if he was taking his hot water bottle with him and he said no ... as he didn't want everyone to know he used a hot water bottle !

Dad did his own walks and on the Saturday he had a wander along the river. Sunday he had a walk up one the hills ! Took it at his own pace but on both days he was out walking for a couple of hours. This is yet another milestone ticked off !
He's back to see the surgeon this week, so it will be good that he can report that he's been doing a few miles walking!

He's done three weeks at the gym now so he should at least be getting the hang of what he needs to do on the equipment !