Running up and down hills turns out to be fun

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I've never been that keen on the outdoors. What, with it not having a roof or air conditioning. 

However, on the basis of this trip I'm having to modify this opinion a bit. I think you have to choose your outdoors carefully, and be lucky with the weather, but we've done a couple of walks that I've really enjoyed. I'm not quite at the point of buying an Ordnance Survey map and a pair of waterproof trousers yet, but I'm thinking about it. 

Snowhome

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When we had our awful struggle to get to the airport a couple of weeks ago one of the things that sustained me was the knowledge that at least it wouldn't be this bad on the way back. 

Ha.

Turns out that Mother Nature (tm) had arranged another show of strength just as we got back into the country, with lots of thick snow and the prospect of blocked motorways. 

Fortunately, with jetlag you don't let such trifling things as icy roads worry you. All you want to do is sleep. So we got a train and a taxi back to our snowbound car, loaded it up and shot onto the M62 before fate noticed. And we got home just fine. 

We've had a lovely time away. All the better for not having to be at home. 

Isle of Man Royal Manx Show

So, today we went to the Isle of Man Royal Manx Show. Wonderful. Rather like the Traction Engine rally of last week, but with more cows. We didn't expect to stay all day, but a combination of good weather and plenty of things to see took us all the way to the Grand Parade at the end. They had dog agility, pony club express, bright blue sheep (and a Bo Peep to go with them). They probably had a kitchen sink somewhere too. And very probably it was beautifully decorated. 

One of the highlights was the Stampede Stunt Company.  They did a fantastic routine showing us the "Way of the Cossack Warrior". Which apparently is all about the Dzhigits of the Cossack people. The pronunciation of which for some reason had me thinking of this video. Anyhoo, they were awesome. Of course I had a camera with me. Of course I took some pictures. 

 Impressive

Impressive

 Most impressive

Most impressive

 Now you're just showing off...

Now you're just showing off...

San Francisco City Centre

 If I'd moved a tiny bit to the right this picture would be completely perfect......

If I'd moved a tiny bit to the right this picture would be completely perfect......

Today we got on the bus and headed to the centre of San Francisco. I really like the way that the city has a proper centre, with lots of shops and other good stuff. The weather was very kind to us (especially by the standards of San Francisco), and so I took a bunch of photographs. As you do.

 We went on a boat trip round the bay

We went on a boat trip round the bay

 The pier and the skyline looking good

The pier and the skyline looking good

 "That" bridge

"That" bridge

First Day in San Francisco

 The kind of thing you find in the trees around here...

The kind of thing you find in the trees around here...

It occurs to me that perhaps people don't care about what I do on my holidays. But please remember, dear reader, that I write this blog for me........

We slept very well and headed out first thing for breakfast. The place we are staying is right near the Golden Gate Park which is really lovely.

 Conservatory of Flowers - we'll go here later in the week when it is open

Conservatory of Flowers - we'll go here later in the week when it is open

 They have this great little boating lake

They have this great little boating lake

We had a good wander round and then staggered back to the flat when the jetlag kicked in....

Holiday Start

 Our ride...

Our ride...

Big day today. In more ways than one. It's the start of the holiday (yay!) and it will also be around 8 hours longer than usual thanks to time zones etc. We got off to an early start  which turned out not to be necessary as our flight out of the UK was delayed. But thanks to the magic of computers we were automatically routed onto a later connecting flight and the journey was smooth enough. Particularly when those awfully nice Delta people moved me into a seat with actual legroom.

We are presently in San Francisco, looking for some flowers to put in our hair. Or something.

Last Holiday Day

 We didn't build this tiny Stonehenge, but we rather wish we had

We didn't build this tiny Stonehenge, but we rather wish we had

This is the last day of this part of our holiday. Tomorrow we head back to Hull and real life. We stayed in Swansea at an amazing guest house and had a really good time. We were revisiting places that we last went to over 20 years ago and seeing what, if anything, had changed.

Quite a few things were different, but the lovely scenery is still there and the weather was very kind to us. 

Dr. Who in Cardiff

 Peter Capaldi doing the signing thing...

Peter Capaldi doing the signing thing...

..we interrupt this holiday sequence with a Dr. Who report. You may not have noticed this, but there is a new Dr. Who coming. He is being played by the actor Peter Capaldi who is just about a contemporary of mine. I made the mistake of mentioning to number one son that I was only slightly older than Dr. Who. He replied with "What, 300 years?" which didn't put him in my good books.

Anyhoo. Today we stopped off in Cardiff on our holiday travels. On the way through the town to the castle we noticed a bunch of folks waiting by barriers. Some of them were wearing rather familiar clothes. Turned out that the world premier of the first new Dr Who episode was taking place later in the morning and the stars of the show were going to be walking through the town.

So we thought we'd stick around and see what we could see.  Number one son stationed himself close to the barrier, whereas I wandered around seeing what photographs I could get. 

 Jenna Coleman explaining stuff

Jenna Coleman explaining stuff

I got some quite good pictures, number one son ended up with better ones, plus he managed to snag Jenna Coleman's autograph, which was nice. 

 Turns out daleks don't do autographs

Turns out daleks don't do autographs

 Neither do Cybermen..

Neither do Cybermen..

All the other stars of the show were there too and the weather was lovely.  Sometimes you just can't beat being in the right place at the right time..