Summer 2009



24 September 2009: Induction week, and here is Nigel leading the B.Sc Project Management intake over the bridge at Bolton Abbey.
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12 September 2009: Scar House Reservoir on an uncharacteristically hot September day. I had seen these dams from the top of the Great Whernside above Kettlewell in Easter 2008 (here). The walk from Middlesmoor takes one along a track over the moors with some good views of Gouthwaite Reservoir above Pateley Bridge here.

The dam has ornate castelations, rather than the more usual bare concrete. Here's a view of the spillway from the centre of the wall in the photo above.
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05 September 2009: Burnsall, beside the River Wharfe. Just bring bread - for the ducks.
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30 August 2009: The Stretch. Air a bit cooler, days getting shorter? The signs are there that the summer is about to end. Blackberries, elderberries and other fruits of the hedge are in abundance. The swifts are skimming the canals and seem restless. Time for ducks to fatten up, and decide whether they will make the effort to winter in the sun.
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29 August 2009: Reflections of a Red Duck. Swimming between the barges at Apperley Bridge.
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18 August 2009: Day two of the Scottish trip. Breakfast in Dalbeattie, back to Dumfries and across to Moffatt, a very pleasant town indeed. Since the weather had set in I decided to travel across country to Edinburgh. Winding through the mountain passes I noticed a narrow little road and decided to follow it. This led to Talla Reservoir, in the background, and up the side of a very steep hill to a scenic river and waterfalls. I turned back, but would like to return and do the circular trip through Moffatt again.I reached Edinburgh at lunchtime, five hours of rain soaked riding later, and returned to Leeds by 6pm via Bamburgh Castle.
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17 August 2009: Scotland at last. After a damp ride up though the Lake District, I ventured north of the border through Dumfries, up to Stranraer and back to Dalbeattie. The sun popped out late in the day, so I turned off the A75 at Gateway of Fleet and ventured along this narrow road to Laurieston. And I haven't yet tired of taking photos of my bike!
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05 August 2009: After three years of writing about knowledge management in a very strict academic style, I am finding it very difficult to write in a more relaxed manner. It doesn't help that there is a pile of writing to be done for marketing and the Centre website.

After receiving an astronomical quote on the bike insurance (thanks to the light fingered individual who tried to steal it), I decided that a quick ride out into the country would change my mood. A 55 mile round trip to Pateley Bridge, some marking of dissertations by the river, and maybe things will brighten up (well, maybe not the weather!)
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25 July 2009: The new bike at Semer Water, a small private lake near Bainbridge. After two months of intensive effort writing up the Ph.D, I needed this ride out in the countryside.

Up at 8am, a quick shower, sprint to Kettlewell, some breakfast, then on towards Hawes, Malham and back to Leeds. 139.9 miles in all. Big trail bikes seem to encourage taking the road less travelled, and it helps when one sits high enough to see over the dry stone walling. Very nice! The BMW R1200GS is lighter, more powerful and quicker than the 1100GS. It handles a lot more confidently too, and I am a lot less tentative in the corners (someone remember that for the eulogy).
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