Charity Europe Travel

And a year flies by!

It’s been a while so a long overdue blog post.  It’s been a busy year – trips to Spain, Belgium (3 times!), France, and Iceland, a mix of work and pleasure.  Most of 2017 was spent training for my second go at 100km in 3 days along the Western Front.  I completed it in early October 2017 with my sister, we had a blog going so people could follow our progress.  Between us we managed to raise over £4,100 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and we were well chuffed with ourselves.


Back to the factory it goes :-(

Following on from here where I was experiencing some issues with my naimuniti, I’m afraid the problem is still there.  The update went fine but the problem still exists.  I also have an error message cropping up quite regularly (Fault 59 Bridgeco signal lost – whatever that means!).

Computing Technology

Now I know why I ditched Microsoft all those years ago

I had a need to use a Windows 10 laptop, with a USB<–>rs232 cable.  It’s now over an hour since I switched the laptop on and I’m still waiting for Windows to update .NET and other rubbish.  Last week with my mac I plugged the cable in and was good to go in under 10 seconds.  Windows really does make it difficult to like it sometimes…

Hi-fi Technology

Firmware update – why does it fill me with dread?

My naimuniti was last updated (to version 3.xx) a few years ago to solve a buffering issue.  In the last few weeks it’s developed an annoying habit of initialising its network interface when streaming either radio or music from the NAS.  There is no pattern, it’s random, and sometimes doesn’t happen for days.


Well who knew….

…that old Lego was worth so much?  Whilst at the olds over Christmas I picked up my old box of Lego that had been in storage since the late 80s.  I spent a couple of enjoyable hours building it all.  The instructions were neatly filed away and in as-new condition (see, I took care of my toys).

Cloud services Technology


Little sis sent me an Amazon voucher for my recent birthday.  Only one thing to spend it on – the Amazon Dot.  SWMBO reckons it’s pointless, I love it.


New phone time

I’ve had the same mobile number for years, and somehow it has become my ‘work’ number.  Work are pretty flexible about using their phones for the odd personal use and I like the convenience of carrying just one phone around.  However, lately I’m getting fed up of not really being able to switch off work when away or at weekends.  The email app keeps pinging and of course you just have to look at it, even when on leave.


100km in 3 days again!

You may remember this, in 2015 I did 100km in 3 days along the Western Front in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.  A couple of weeks ago, some of the walkers of 2015 had a mini reunion in London.  You can see what’s coming.  In a fit of madness I signed up to do it again in 2017.


New vehicle

A slight change of plan following on from this post, we’re keeping the Mini, and changing the workhorse.  We bought ‘Big Red’ nearly 3 years ago.  It’s a C250 125Edn estate.  Fully loaded (except heated seats!), and a nice 205bhp turbo’d petrol engine under the bonnet.


Summer holiday

Yet another holiday and where to go?  We like the Loire, we’ve been several times, usually staying north of Saumur at a great gite near Chateau-la-Valliere.  We fancied trying somewhere else and managed to get a late booking at La Rue Vaslin near to Parcay-les-Pins.