June 9th, 2021

Swimming

Working from Home from Home

Last week I took advantage of the working from home situation and decamped to Howard's. Monday was a bank holiday and Tuesday was my civil service privilege day for the Queen's birthday (gawd bless you Ma'am), and I took my laptop so I could work Wednesday to Friday.

Like a staycation, except I wasn't at home and I wasn't not working.

In fairness, we fitted a lot in at the weekends and after I'd finished work for the day:

A ride with a friend we hadn't seen for ages! Explored some lovely little lanes and had lunch at Compton Abbas Airfield.

The BEACH! Worbarrow Bay, much less crowded than the sensationalist pics you might have seen of Bournemouth and Durdle Door, possibly because of the 15-minute walk from the car park. We were able to observe many dogs, some throwing themselves into the waves with gay abandon, some very unsure about it all.

An exhibition about Richard Chopping, who designed many of the first edition covers for the James Bond novels, at Salisbury Museum. Objects on display included a dead fly he used as his model. Bonus: stopped off at Pimperne to browse a book swap housed in an old phone box.

Open water swimming at Swineham Lake. I did two circuits of the lake, or 2km, which I'm pretty sure is the furthest I've swum continuously (it took an hour).

Post-work ride in the Purbecks. As we were passing Corfe Castle a steam train crossed the bridge ahead of us, and if it hadn’t been pissing with rain it would have been a perfect chocolate box moment.

And finally, I visited callmemadam. We had a cautious hug in line with government guidance (first time since last February), and I even went inside the house to fix the printer.

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