Archive for May, 2011

Isle of Harris, printing and a new touring bike

Posted in Cycling, Printing, Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 by sojournerphoto

I just printed this picture for the first time and from the Epson 3880 I bought to replace the big HP printer that I sld to make space so the children could each have their own room. The print is on Fotospeed Baryta paper and I have to admit that I am very pleased with the result. The photo is from the Isle of Harris and, if I get around to it may form part of a print offer sometime.

On another topic, I’ve been struggling to try and regain some of the physical fitness I was fortunate to enjoy when I was younger. I’ve found myself struggling with both time and my aging lack of ability to actually go out and run as I used to without picking up injuries. It’s made harder as I have not really readjusted my mental outlook to running from the competitive approach of my younger days. However, I think I may have found a solution in cycling. This has a few advantages in that I seem able to cycle more easily without picking up injuries as readily and I don’t have any sense that I should be a competitive racing cyclist – I’m just happy to be out and to feel the wind, see the sights and smell the smells. Even heading out at night and after dark brings it’s own pleasure.

However, a big plus of cycling is that it’s actually a useful way to get around and with a rack and panniers stuff can be carried too. Whilst I’ve tried putting a rack on my old mountain bike, I’ve found this a por choice as once loaded it loses all the nice things about the way it rides. Also, I’ve enjoyed road riding much more than I expected. Tomorrow, I’m giong to stat the build of a touring bike – a Surly Long Haul Trucker – using a mixture of parts I have lying around and a few new ones where necessary. Hopefully this will provide a suitable commuting and visiting friends steed, with maybe the odd camping trip thrown in for good measure. Pictures to follow in due course.

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Northumbrian woods

Posted in Leica M9, Rangefinder on May 9, 2011 by sojournerphoto

On good service

Posted in Film, HDi, Life, Peugeot, Royal Mail, Timing Belt, Zeiss on May 8, 2011 by sojournerphoto

A few weeks ago I wrote about the appalling service provided by BT, which problems were only resolved by the intervention of their ‘Twitter’ team after I blogged about the issues. Now, in the last few weeks I have received exceptional help and service from a couple of organisation, so it seems only fair to mention them in dispatches, so to speak.

First, my wife’s Peugeot 807 HDi broke it’s timing belt after 5 1/2 years and 73,000 miles. The service internval on this is 100,000 miles or more depending who you ask. Howevr the car is well outside warranty. We had the car taken to our local Peugeot main dealer – Stoneacre in Harrogate –  who advised that a new engine would cost £7,000, but that they had contacted Peugeot. After some discussion and further chasing from Nick in Stoneacre’s service department, Peugeot agreed to fund the cost of fitting a reconditioned engine up to £5,000. As a result Stoneacre were able to replair our car with the repairs funded by Peugeot.  So a very grateful thanks for Nick, Stoneacre and Peugeot for their help and support.

Second, I sold an item via ebay that was delayed in the post having been sent via Special Delivery. After a few days I called the Royal Mail and was given a case number and phone number to call the following week if they hadn’t called me back following heir investigations. As it turned out, the delayed item was delviered on the following Monday and I then forgot to cal to follow up the missing item case. However, I received a cheque refunding my postage and a letter of apology a couple of days later. Again, great service and much appreciated.

The pciture above was taken at Brimham Rocks a few days ago as we walked along the path for an evening picnic.