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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Debt Free Diaries
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  • ZTDZTD Forumite
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    scubaangel wrote: »
    I hope I do keep the talent, it makes travelling so much easier to nod off and skip chunks of otherwise boring time/time when the annoying person in a neighbouring seat might want to talk (often my sister or in the past my boyfriends).

    :rotfl:

    You should have traded them in for less annoying ones...
    scubaangel wrote: »
    Exactly, I think my friends know my thoughts on the subject as they bought me a satin quilt cover set as a housewarming pressie - I fear I'll spend half my time sliding out of bed but it looks good and has good reviews, so am looking forward to getting it on to a bed.

    That is good of them. I bought myself some high-threadcount cotton and am using that. It's very nice, but I may try actual linen next. I also bought other stuff, but that will wait until I actually get a house before that goes on.
    scubaangel wrote: »
    I dislike them because I'm lazy, and a usually finding it hard to breathe when I'm at the bottom of them never mind half way up. I think I've mentioned my utter inability to get a proper breathing rhythm going when running before, no matter how often I run it never seems to improve.

    If you're not able to get your breath, then lazy doesn't come into it.

    Do you have similar timing problems when swimming?
    scubaangel wrote: »
    Had a look at sustrans, looks like the cycle routes are almost all on road - national route 22, which isnt ideal for running since the roads very rarely have pavements, or even two well defined 'sides' to them.

    That's a shame. Since they closed so many rail lines round here, there must be two dozen different cyclepaths within 5 miles, with only about half a dozen short bits on a road.
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  • scubaangelscubaangel Forumite
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    Nope swimming I'm absolutely fine, and as far as I can remember I've never had a problem cycling either, its just running and I don't know why, if I was really bothered by it I'd try to find out if theres any particular reason medically but meh I'm not exactly a competitive runner so it's not all that important unless I'm trying to run up hills.

    The whole area is country lanes with not very many public footpaths, a few I've seen have no cycling signs plastered over the access points with the alternative route being up a steep hill on the road. I do however think there should be a footpath/bridleway between the next village over and the forest park so that needs exploring - although I might just drive over there and take part in the ParkRun there a couple of times to get used to the routes within the forest.
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  • ZTDZTD Forumite
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    scubaangel wrote: »
    Nope swimming I'm absolutely fine, and as far as I can remember I've never had a problem cycling either, its just running and I don't know why, if I was really bothered by it I'd try to find out if theres any particular reason medically but meh I'm not exactly a competitive runner so it's not all that important unless I'm trying to run up hills.

    I would doubt it was a medical problem as surely it would affect you no matter what you did.
    scubaangel wrote: »
    The whole area is country lanes with not very many public footpaths, a few I've seen have no cycling signs plastered over the access points with the alternative route being up a steep hill on the road. I do however think there should be a footpath/bridleway between the next village over and the forest park so that needs exploring - although I might just drive over there and take part in the ParkRun there a couple of times to get used to the routes within the forest.

    That sounds like a good idea. They may even let you know where you can park for free.
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  • scubaangelscubaangel Forumite
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    True but then it's strange that its only running that effects me - I can head out for a walk and walk at the fastest pace I physically can and I can still breathe comfortably, soon as I start jogging I start to struggle to get a rhythm. Tis really rather odd.

    Googling suggests that all the car parks in the forest are managed by the same people so are all pay and display. Looking at googlemaps the village has carparks at the local pub and the church both of which aren't far enough from my house to make it worth the shorter foot journey if I was going to run in the forest area.
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  • ZTDZTD Forumite
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    scubaangel wrote: »
    True but then it's strange that its only running that effects me - I can head out for a walk and walk at the fastest pace I physically can and I can still breathe comfortably, soon as I start jogging I start to struggle to get a rhythm. Tis really rather odd.

    It is.
    scubaangel wrote: »
    Googling suggests that all the car parks in the forest are managed by the same people so are all pay and display. Looking at googlemaps the village has carparks at the local pub and the church both of which aren't far enough from my house to make it worth the shorter foot journey if I was going to run in the forest area.

    In some places, the free parking places aren't car parks, but laybys and such.
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  • scubaangelscubaangel Forumite
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    True things to explore when I'm back and sorted in the house I think.

    My googling earlier led me to the wildlife trust website which for surrey is actually a really useful resource, they've alot of activities organised - guided walks and volunteer days you can just phone up and book places on, unlike the Lancashire one which is significantly less active/useful.
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  • scubaangelscubaangel Forumite
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    Finally got to the end of the emails, not reached payout on any of the survey sites but am very close now on a couple so hopefully either just before I head back next week or after I get my internet installed I'll get to that magic number.

    Done some sorting out in the garage, established that there is one box I won't need - it contains the wireless speakers for the music system, I won't need them as the house is small and relatively open plan so the main unit will be enough if I want to listen to music.

    A few other bits have migrated in to a box which is going to be sorted as bin/recyclables. There are lots more boxes in the garage but they're behind the Spanish car and I couldnt find the keys to move it in Mum's house.
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  • ZTDZTD Forumite
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    scubaangel wrote: »
    Finally got to the end of the emails, not reached payout on any of the survey sites but am very close now on a couple so hopefully either just before I head back next week or after I get my internet installed I'll get to that magic number.

    Are you continuing with your survey sites once you have the payout? Do you have a date for your internet?
    scubaangel wrote: »
    A few other bits have migrated in to a box which is going to be sorted as bin/recyclables. There are lots more boxes in the garage but they're behind the Spanish car and I couldnt find the keys to move it in Mum's house.

    The Spanish car?

    Does that mean you're finished re-boxing now?
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  • scubaangelscubaangel Forumite
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    Yeah I'll probably keep doing them. Should be installed on the 6th.

    The car which is meant to be in Tenerife but isnt.....long story, they've been saying they're going to take it back for the last 8 years, but its got as far as the council MOT station and back annually before going back in to the garage and being forgotten about again. Currently the thinking is it'll be taken back this year. Maybe.

    No there are boxes of kitchen stuff behind it, todays boxes were things like books, cds and ornaments. If I can get at the other boxes I expect some of todays boxes can be rearranged in to those as well once I get started.
    It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.
    Sir Terry Pratchett
    Find my diary here

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5135113
  • ZTDZTD Forumite
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    scubaangel wrote: »
    The car which is meant to be in Tenerife but isnt.....long story, they've been saying they're going to take it back for the last 8 years, but its got as far as the council MOT station and back annually before going back in to the garage and being forgotten about again.

    Does that mean it's a British car? Would an actual Spanish car not be better for there, with the steering wheel being on the appropriate side and all that.
    scubaangel wrote: »
    Currently the thinking is it'll be taken back this year. Maybe.

    Given the amount the fuel would cost, buy one there.
    scubaangel wrote: »
    No there are boxes of kitchen stuff behind it, todays boxes were things like books, cds and ornaments. If I can get at the other boxes I expect some of todays boxes can be rearranged in to those as well once I get started.

    Are you a person who does much cooking?
    "Follow the money!" - Deepthroat (AKA William Mark Felt Sr - Associate Director of the FBI)
    "We were born and raised in a summer haze." Adele 'Someone like you.'
    "Blowing your mind, 'cause you know what you'll find, when you're looking for things in the sky." OMD 'Julia's Song'
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