October 2006

Back Home Again

We’ve been back from our trip to Colorado for two weeks now. It took me almost a week to get over the jet-lag this time. I never seem to have much problem flying West, but coming back East always seems to floor me. It was worse than normal this time because I was ‘hitting the ground running’, straight into a lot of projects at work and some early mornings and late nights.

All through that first week I was almost gasping for the weekend. But that weekend just happened to be the weekend of the Leicester Marathon, which my employers were sponsoring this year. Long, long ago I’d expressed an interest in going along to shoot some photos and this had been remembered. So, another early start, but well worth it. It was very inspiring to see all these people running marathons and half marathons, including our Chief Exec. who was running a marathon for the first and (he claims) last time. He finished in 3 hours 48 minutes, a really great effort. There was also the manager of one of our stores running the half marathon, although she had never run more than three miles in her life before. She finished in 2 hours 32. And I felt knackered just watching (and taking photos).

Finally this weekend I managed to relax a bit and I got out to Rushton Triangular Lodge to kick back and take some photos. I didn’t end up with anything spectacular, but I enjoyed taking time out with my camera.



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Well, today I hit my 39th birthday… which I guess means I’m into my 40th year. It was the first time I’d spent my birthday outside the UK. We left Shelly with her grandparents for the day and headed into Denver to snap a few photos. We had a little look at the Colorado State Capitol Building and then made our way up to Molly Brown’s House, though we didn’t go inside. Then it was along the 16th Street Mall just to look at all the groovy painted cows they have down there at the moment.

After we’d finished off downtown we headed up into the foothills of the mountains near Idaho Springs. We ended up driving up Lookout Mountain and visiting Buffalo Bill’s Grave, mostly for the great views of Denver you get from there.

When we got home we found Shelly had decorated the place with balloons to celebrate my birthday and then we sat down to a great birthday dinner of steak and birthday cake! Can’t go far wrong!

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