Monday, August 06, 2007

More Sun in Lincolnshire

More sun, but more importantly than that I had a birthday and got myself some new runners. You may not be aware, but I've got pretty keen on running lately, and I'm doing quite a bit of off-road/cross country stuff. The shoes I'm sporting in this shot are Asics Moriko, and they did me proud yesterday when we went to the beach for the day. I went running southwards along the Lincolnshire coastline and was only deterred and redirected north by the sight of Ingoldmells' large metal and concrete entertainment complex in the distance. What a blot on the landscape it is, among all the charm of relatively clean beaches and chalets lined along the waterfront.

I told Aki she had to open her mind to traditional British seaside culture......

....and look what she did to me!

We had a good time lying around on the sand. We went for a walk and found some pretty cool sand dunes to mess around in.

This week I should find out whether I've got an interview with the local Youth Offending Team or not. I've been gearing up for it for quite some time, getting involved in voluntary work and undergoing training. I'm really keen on getting into this line of work, but I get the feeling it's quite competitive now. The work is really interesting, and though I'd only be carrying out basic duties as a sessional worker, I would be able to apply for full time positions further down the line after getting enough experience. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Sunny Lincolnshire

Coming back from Pleasley Vale.

There are three or four different power stations lined up along the Lincolnshire Trent river. From certain viewpoints you can see them all. I could see just two from this layby between Tuxford and Darlton. Aki says that days like this one in Lincolnshire remind her of the Simpsons.

Aki's trying to ignore my lens, walking back along the peer at Skegness. Skegness can be a very agreeable place at times, and a complete hovel at others. We had a great day though, and Aki enjoyed her chips and ice cream.

It looks like a big fun Ru.....

It was fun, and it gave us lots of photo opportunities.

Skegness is so bracing.

Walk along the beach after all that ice cream. Asked if she wanted a donkey ride, Aki replied "yada".

Lots of space on Lincolnshire's coastline. I'd like to get down there for a run sometime, but it takes an hour in the car so I probably won't bother.

I'm in a clouds Ru....

While the Hirosaki Neputa festival began yesterday, I reckon Aki had enough fun in Lincolnshire not to get too down about missing it. Maybe next year.