Siskin suicide attempt

When I got up yesterday I was just opening the curtains when I heard a gentle tap on our french window.  I’ve heard that sound before but never when the curtains were closed.  Sometimes we get birds who think that they can fly through our house only to crash into the closed window [maybe Ria should clean them less?] this little Siskin knocked himself out, but was still breathing so I picked him up and kept him warm in my hand for about 10 minutes as he started to come around.  Once he opened his eyes again I put him in the garden where he was well camouflaged.  15 minutes later he was flying again 🙂

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Hiking weekend

The lonley Fenn in Winter

We had the entire group from Ria‘s Peru trip come over to East Belgium for some hiking this weekend.

Yesterday they went into Germany around Bleialf, today we went into the Fenn.  It snowed all day but the nature was still so beautiful and where we hiked was virgin snow.  Fantastic to break through fresh snow that sometimes comes up to your knees,but pretty hard work especially as the ground underneath was nor frozen but boggy.  Still it was a great weekend and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.IMG_5666 IMG_5665

New hobby

Having damaged my Achilles heel running for a plane I didn’t catch, thanks to AA [no, neither Alcoholics Anonymous nor the Automobile Association but American Airlines] I was looking for another sport to replace cycling and hiking while my heel mends.  Cut a long story short: skateboarding!

And here it is: my ‘born again’ sports machine all the way from Hawaii.  Superbly crafted and ready to take on the not so smooth Belgian tarmac.  I already feel 10 years youngerThe package The board boy Topside Bottom side

Monschau for lunch

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What better way to spend Sunday than on your bike?  We took our tandem and joined up with Mika & Andy on their Mountain bikes to ride to Monschau for lunch.  Cool weather at the start soon turned into pure sunshine and 16°C.  The colours in the Fenn were fantastic, lunch was great and, of course it was a great ride (100,8km and 645m of ascent)

Lytro light field photography

https://pictures.lytro.com/CreamTeam/pictures/1062043

I’ve been playing with Lytro light field photography. Here is a sample photo, the left side fork of my Canyon XC9.0.  Click anywhere to refocus. It should be embedded, but that doesn’t seem to work! The iOS9 app doesn’t work nor does the desktop app in El Capitan.  Seems that Lytro are a bit behind with the development of the software around their futuristic camera.  Pity, because the pictures are quite fun. Link to the photo here