For a while Gran has been old, and for less of a while she's been a bit forgetful, vague, and not terribly interested in what's actually going on anywhere. This seems to be fairly standard old age.
However, last weekend when Lucy was there she didn't really bother getting up much, until she was forced to at 4 in the afternoon. Since Mum & Dad are on holiday and I went round to visit Sat & Sunday evenings and we both thought that even given the usual standards of Grans coherence she was unusually crazed.
Since Dad rents a big caravan in Ladram bay every year, so he can spend two weeks flying planes with similar minded people, it seemed silly not to go and stay there and freeload for the week again.
Ladram Bay is a caravan park 10 or 15 miles South of Exeter, next to Otterton, on the South Coast. It's right in the middle of the "Jurassic Coast", basically a lot of very high cliffs and around an hours drive from most of Dartmoor. So there's plenty to do.
It being Monday and not raining I thought I'd go for another walk, following the success of last weeks fun walk around Abbotts Bromley.
At 5pm I activated the AA Walk Finder app and printed off the instructions for the first one in the list of walks near Burton. It sounded exciting, a walk around Hanbury to see the crater of what was the largest non nuclear explosion in the world.
Now all the tunnels in town are closed it can take ages of sitting in traffic jams to get home after work. 45 minutes in a queue last week.
Rather than spending hours sitting in traffic this evening I decided to go for a walk somewhere on the way home. For no apparent reason the AA website has an excellent directory of short walks you can take, I soon found a short 5 mile one in Abbots Bromley which is more or less on the way home anyway.
I think it's been almost 2 years since I stopped doing any proper exercise, apart from walking which I have done a fair amount of, and so I think its time I started doing stuff again.
With that in mind yesterday evening I decided to cycle to Stratford, after the previous weeks horrific journey back from Bromsgrove I felt I had better either arrive at a position where I can actually ride the bike or burn it. I don't want to burn it.
There is nobody in the office today for some reason, I'm not really sure what work I am supposed to be doing so I am making some work for myself and just doing stuff that I think they will need in the future. I know tomorrow I am having a meeting with some fingerprint reader people I am building some machines that will be a nuisance at the checkout in supermarkets for smokers muhahahahahaha!
With the first ascent of Scafell Pike this year looming on Saturday it is necessary for me to do at least one walk up steep hills beforehand, so I don't die on Saturday.
As it's a nice evening I am going to go to Dovedale after work where I will park in Thorpe, walk along the Dove to Dovedale, walk up Thorpe Cloud, walk down again, walk over to the hill opposite, walk up that and walk down again and then walk back to the car.
With no sat-nav to navigate there and back I anticpate spending most of the night driving randomly around the peak district.