2018 Ciders #55: Sheppy’s Original Cloudy Cider

This is another one that Dad brought me from the south-west.

Sheppy's Original Cloudy Cider
Sheppy’s Original Cloudy Cider.

This has a lovely comforting warm sweet taste, and is my favourite out of all the Sheppy’s ciders I’ve tried.  When Mum and Dad went back to the south-west a couple of weeks ago, they asked if there was a particular variety I wanted, and this is the one I chose!  I’ve not checked yet if they managed to find it, but I hope they did ’cause it would make a lovely Christmas drink this winter.

Routine is nice

A nice regular Thursday today.  Slimming World this morning (two pounds off to take me back into target range, hopefully for good now the summer is over!), a good bit of admin catchup in the afternoon, then Pilates class this evening.

Now watching triathlon on the TV again!

OOTD 27th September 2018
OOTD: not doing too well at teaching Geth to focus this camera – may invest in a tripod instead. Hoodie Uneek Classic for Mesh (2016), t-shirt Puma for Great Winter Run (2016), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato – Solo
Martika – Toy Soldiers
Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams
Keala Settle – This Is Me
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
T.Rex – Cosmic Dancer
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Yanomamo! – Forest People
T.Rex – 20th Century Boy

Phone Box Thursday: Borough Road, Sunderland

Moving onto a phone box that I first spotted while running the Sunderland 10K in 2016, but of which I only had the chance to take a photo the following year, when Geth and I went to Sunderland so he could look at the course in preparation (he ran it for the first time in 2017).

Red phone box
Red phone box, Borough Road, Sunderland, 14th April 2017.

(Coordinates 54°54’18.2″N, 1°22’53.2″W.)

I love a good phone-box-turned-cash-machine – it keeps the boxes useful in the world of the 21st century!

Back to long runs again

It was good to be able to go for a long run this morning after being too ill last week.  I was a bit tired out in the second half, but I think that’s partially because I’m not fully recovered yet.  Next week should be better.

A relaxed afternoon catching up with admin again, and now have YouTube on in the background courtesy of Geth.

OOTD 26th September 2018
OOTD: autumn uniform. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2017)

Today’s earworm playlist:

Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
David Guetta and Sia – Flames
Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Loud Luxury and Brando – Body
INXS – Mystify
INXS – Need You Tonight
Macklemore and Skylar Grey – Glorious
5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood
Duran Duran – Like An Angel

2018 Ciders #54: South West Orchards

This is one I tried in the bar of the Jesmond Dene House hotel when my in-laws were staying there.  I’ve also since had it at another bar in central Newcastle.

South West Orchards is lovely and sweet, but there’s definitely a southwest ‘farm’ taste about it, which gives it a sharper edge.  Very nice though!

New machinery!

Another busy day of admin, but then the thing arrived that I was talking about yesterday:

Tumble dryer
Our new tumble dryer! (I also finally got my new camera set up, as you can probably tell!)

I am so glad that we got this.  It’s an early Christmas present from Geth’s dad’s side of the family, and it’s one of the things that will hopefully sort out the issue with dampness we have upstairs.  Up until now, when it’s not summer (or when it is but it’s raining), we’ve had to line-dry clothes upstairs, which has not helped the problem.  The tumble dryer means we don’t have to do that anymore.

It also gives us a bit more space upstairs, seeing as I gleefully dismantled the drying racks this afternoon!

Between that and the dehumidifier that Geth bought a few weeks ago, hopefully we won’t have to put up with mould growing on the ceilings from now on.

I got some more work done in the evening, with triathlon TV and Strictly: It Takes Two as background.  Nice and relaxed!

OOTD 25th September 2018
OOTD: I’m still teaching Geth how to use the focus, but it’s so much better than my phone! Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)
Paul Young – Come Back And Stay
Duran Duran – Tel Aviv [AIR Studio Version]
StreetPass Mii Plaza – Main Theme
Florence & The Machine – Shake It Out
Icona Pop and Charli XCX – I Love It
Elton John – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
Macklemore and Skylar Grey – Glorious
Axwell & Ingrosso – More Than You Know
Steps – Deeper Shade Of Blue
Duran Duran – Careless Memories

2018 Ciders #53: Harleston Cideroad

(This post did try to call itself ‘1989’.  Tempted as I was to leave it, my need for my cider series to be organised properly is greater.)

This was a cider that I tried last month when the Free Trade Inn in central Newcastle had it on draught.

It wouldn’t be a British summer without one independent real cider!  It’s quite light-tasting for a rough, but it shows its true colours towards the end of the pint, when the taste gets stronger.  I presume this is due to the stuff that sinks!

You can see the proper logo on the Harleston website.

This post called itself ‘1980’ and I liked the way it looked

As hoped, I’ve had quite a productive day, mainly getting on with admin.  Now catching up with various TV and radio shows I’ve recorded, as Geth is out boardgaming tonight.

We had lots of shiny things arrive in the post today, including my new camera and our race numbers for the Yorkshire 10 Mile in a few weeks’ time, but tomorrow something even bigger and more exciting is (hopefully) showing up!

(It’s a house thing, so don’t get too excited.  We’re looking forward to having it, though.)

Stay tuned.

OOTD 24th September 2018
OOTD: this outfit is not done justice by my blurry phone camera (I didn’t have time to set the new one up yet – it’s on the list for tomorrow!) but I expect I will be wearing this new-to-me dress lots in the near future. Dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Coldcut and Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On
George Ezra – Shotgun
Des’ree – Kissing You
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Inner City – Good Life

The best kind of weekend

Another nice relaxing day – it’s been so lovely this weekend for both me and Geth to have some time to ourselves after the busy summer!  We had a lazy morning with more Final Fantasy IX, and then after lunch, I nipped into town to go to a vintage fair.  Now having a quiet evening – Geth has switched to XCOM, so it’s a slightly different set of videogame music!

I feel really refreshed now and am looking forward to a hopefully-productive week.

OOTD 23rd September 2018
OOTD: all the cadmium yellow! Dress Primark (2018), tights Primark (2017), trainers Nike (2018).

Amazon says my new camera will arrive tomorrow, so hopefully that will be the last of the blurry OOTDs!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Charli XCX – Boys
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Final Fantasy IX – Find The Princess
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Kylie Minogue – Locomotion