May 2018

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:34
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The main thing I did in May was visiting Vienna to attend PyDays Wien with [personal profile] katzenfabrik, and I finally got to meet up with my friend Gil after 12 years of knowing her online! After Vienna I took a short trip to Bratislava which was great. I also beat The Fourth Samurai escape room with my family in Bristol for my brother's birthday.

Vienna )
Bratislava )
Slovakian castle ruins )

April 2018

Saturday, 12 May 2018 14:02
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In April I started growing broad beans, made wild garlic and hazelnut pesto, and wrote four short stories. I also achieved a third of a century of existance.

Food )
Stories )
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As a child I used to read a lot, but during my twenties I had trouble finding books I liked and ended up falling out of the habit. Now I’m trying to get back into it.

Reading Books in my Thirties )

March 2018

Monday, 2 April 2018 15:24
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It snowed across two weekends in March, so that's what this entry is about!

Snow! )
Also, snow! )
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By pure chance we ended up in Tallinn for Estonia's 100th anniversary! Tallinn itself was very picturesque and we did a couple of tours to some very interesting and beautiful places too; I'd thoroughly recommend Estonia to anyone looking for a holiday destination.

Western Coast Tour )
Tallinn )
Surprise Military Parade )
Escape Rooms )
Lahemaa National Park tour )
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I spent just two full days in Helsinki before catching a ferry to Tallinn for the last stop of my holiday; we visited Suomenlinna and Nuuksio National Park which was breathtakingly beautiful.

Helsinki and Suomenlinna )
Nuuksio National Park )
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I visited four countries in February, three of them new! In Switzerland I met up with Sean, Samathy, Rae, and David, then I travelled in spirals through the scenic Alps by train to Milan with Sean.

Swiss Python Summit )
Bernina Express )
Milan )

January 2018

Saturday, 24 March 2018 10:45
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The snowdrops were out in January, and our garden turned out to be full of them! I also visited The Little Fleece, a National Trust holiday cottage in Gloucestershire, for the yearly "Landmark Trust" weekend.

Painswick )
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In December I did two escape rooms (plus one in a box), walked through Exeter's underground passages, stacked a lot of logs, and went swimming in the sea on Christmas Day.

Escape Rooms )
Exeter's Underground Passages )
Budleigh Christmas Day Swim )
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I visited Ukraine for five days in December with Emily and Tim, with a two-day tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone booked in the middle. Here's what we got up to on the second day in the Zone!

The Red Forest and the Bridge of Death )
Pripyat buildings )
Pripyat Amusement Park )
Reactor 4 )
Reactor 5 )
Holiday Park )
Checking out )
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I visited Ukraine for five days in December with Emily and Tim, with a two-day tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone booked in the middle. Here's what we got up to on the first day in the Zone!

Cherevach village )
Chernobyl town )
Kopachi village )
Duga-1, the “Russian Woodpecker” )
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I visited Ukraine for five days in December with Emily and Tim, with a two-day tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone booked in the middle. I'll write up Chernobyl next but first here's what we got up to in Kyiv!

Arrival )
And now for some public transport geekery )
War Museum )
Sightseeing )
Departure )
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In November, on top of walks on Dartmoor (pictured), I visited the JET fusion reactor tokamak, walked in Christmas Common, beat the Maioc Crisis escape room at Mission Escape Exeter, played board games in Exeter's board game cafe, and signalled Morse Code with a torch across more than a kilometre.

Fusion Reactor )
Haldon Belvedere )
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PyCon UK is an annual gathering of Python developers and enthusiasts which this year took place in Cardiff for the second time in a row. But that description makes it sound dull! PyCon has a fantastic atmosphere that I've not seen replicated at any other (admittedly few) tech conferences I've been to, and this time, my second, I took the full five-day experience.

Arrival )
Evenings )
Departure )
Full list )
Photo credit: Mark Hawkins, CC-BY-2.0

October 2017

Sunday, 3 December 2017 11:12
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October was busy! I went to Emily's Fish Party on the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, made the most of my free time in Amsterdam on a work visit, submitted my novel for consideration for the first time to some agents, beat the Time Run escape room, rode on the Mail Rail, walked in the Brecon Beacons (just about) and, finally, had a fantastic time at PyCon UK 2017 (more on that next post).

Fish Party )
Amsterdam )
Novel )
Time Run )
Mail Rail )
Brecon Beacons )
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In September I finally finished selling my house, moving out of London and down to Devon. I also went on a green woodworking course where I made a stool, starting with not much more than just a tree trunk.

Green woodworking )

August 2017

Sunday, 5 November 2017 22:30
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In August I visited Finch Foundry, "the last working water-powered forge in England", which was neat, and also attended Nine Worlds in London.

Nine Worlds )

July 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017 19:45
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In July I saw Beavers in the River Otter, bought a Chromebook (I was rather pleased with the name of kauai as my other laptop hawaii's younger sibling) and passed some kind of steam-powered tractor in the Blackdown hills.

June 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017 19:43
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In June I attended a conference in Berlin for work, attended Emily's aunt and uncle's golden wedding anniversary, and helped Emily move some things down to Devon from the place in London. The fourth weekend I did nothing, how lazy.

May 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017 19:42
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In May I attended OpenTech, ran a scavenger hunt, finished Portal (only ten years behind the curve there), and listened to part of a 1000-year-long performance.

Opentech )
London Scavenger Hunt )
Knightmare Live )
Longplayer (is long) )

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