Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville had a message for politicians of all stripes: “The standards of leaders in this country in the last couple years has been poor. And looking at that man there that’s everything a leader should be: respectful, humble, telling the truth”.

Here’s “Wally” the walrus that is famous around the Isles of Scilly at the moment. I spotted him chilling out on the back of the Scilly water ambulance today.

“Wally

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Hugh Town harbour, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

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Cycle tour of St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.

Cycle tour of St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. It’s the best way to see the island and suits the slower pace of life here.

bikes in a bay

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bikes

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View of Hugh Town harbour on St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly taken from our hotel room this morning. photo of Hugh Town harbour

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First flight for over 2 years, from Exeter to St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, on the smallest plane I’ve ever been on. small plane

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Finished reading: The Shadows of London (Joseph Bridgeman series, Book 2) by Nick Jones. I was lucky enough to have a pre-release copy📚

Listening to the new album from Hiss Golden Messenger this morning whilst doing the weekly reports...

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My Album of the week is .... Blue Weekend from Wolf Alice.

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I really liked the detail on this gnarly old tree we saw on our walk yesterday.

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Finished reading: Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson 📚

Gentle ride to Malmesbury for coffee and cake with Janet.

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View of St. Giles Church, Tytherton Kellaways, Wiltshire from across the meadow.

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Saturday morning ride. I managed to find the only rain in Wiltshire.

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It was a misty morning walk today.

misty morning walk through the fields

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My Album of the Week is Seeking New Gods, another solo release from Super Furry Animals' frontman Gruff Rhys..

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First indoor coffee for over 6 months. It’s good to be back ☕️

Full wet weather gear needed for this morning's tramp around the fields with Parker.

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My Album of the Week is Typhoons from Royal Blood. This album proves that rock is alive and well! The title track is awesome.

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This weekend's project — turn a rusty fire pit into a water feature. Looking forward to seeing how it develops over the coming months.

garden pond photo

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Setting off to walk the dog before breakfast. It's likely the best weather we'll see today.

photo of a country lane

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Goodbye Spotify, Hello Tidal

After the 14 day Tidal trial, it was time to decide to stay with Spotify or move to Tidal. I prefer the new music suggestions that Spotify presents, but much prefer the UI of Tidal. I’ve also got fed up waiting for Spotify to deliver the promised HiFi streaming functionality, which is important to me as I have a Naim streamer that is capable of making good use of the hi-res delivered by Tidal. You guessed it, I’ve moved to Tidal. 🎶

Sad to see that our neighbour cut down a 400-year old oak tree and reduced it to a load of lumber.

remains of an oak tree photo

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My Album of the Weekis Life By Misadventure from Rag'n'Bone Man. I suspect this'll be high on my "Best of 2021" list at the end of the year. Listen on Tidal:

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Having breakfast on the patio, listening to the birds singing for the first time this year.

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