NOW SOLD This is my Opera Canova 2010 49cm Red (Bottom Left in Image) which I bought for £1,549.99 in September 2010 (18 months old) The list price then was ~£2250 – from memory I got 30% list price. I bought it for three reasons: firstly it had the Pinarello heritage and looks; secondly, for the price you get the stronger frame at 30NM rather than 20NM; and lastly the reviews were all good with comments including Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Lightweight, Good Fit, Versatile; Unique. The only negatives given were: lack of components options, Limited Color Choices, Poor Fit and poor setup.
NOW SOLD. This is the Solo Sailing boat that I bought from a friend late last year as I returned to sailing. He was leaving the club and I was just joining. It felt wrong to stop him selling the boat whilst I decided what to buy and so I bought it off him as a stop gap vessel. I only sailed it a dozen times at the most before buying the Contender that can be seen on this site as well.
The enforced retirement from Climbing due to a torn scapholunate ligament is playing out its final episode and after three years of NO routes I am selling all my gear. Since becoming injured in 2006 I have done no outdoor climbing; returned to my road cycling, mountain biking and sailing roots; and taken up kitesurfing so I have really no time or money to even think of getting back into Climbing. Selling now to try and get funds for a boat.
There is a lot to sell and the thought of putting each item onto ebay is a timely nightmare so I’ve put it up for auction as a single bulk item.
So this week T and I escaped from the pressure of web work and visited my mum in Poole with her Guide group. She had mentioned a few weeks earlier that she was visiting Brownsea Island and would be doing some geo-caching with the girls and I thought it would be a good break from the daily grind and offered our services.
We booked ourselves into the Norden Farm, Campsite which is run by the Ram family. I had first visited this campsite 20+ years ago with the folks so it was nice to go back and see it doing so well and having grown so much. Not so sure I like it’s style, I’m more in the rustic camp experience camp than the holiday park but for two nights peak season it was very reasonable at £25. This included showers although I would have been happier had they been hot rather than warm. The site has a shop, a takeaway and restaurant which in hindsight I wish we had tried.
On our first night there it was raining so we headed to nearby Corfe to grab our fuel. I’ve been to the ‘greyhound’ (nearest castle) and it was OK so as T preferred the look of the hotel menu we committed to our eatery for the evening. What a mistake, the food was awful and the bar lady had all the redeeming characteristics of a … So we won’t be going there again. Mum says Bistro around corner was nice so maybe if we’re back we’ll give that a go.
As for Brownsea Island, well it was busy but uneventful. The guides enjoyed GeoCaching and its certainly easier with 21 willing youngsters running around trying to find small objects. Highpoint of the day was overhearing a mum speaking to her child and alienating every adult in hearing when she said “Stay close dear, there’s bad people around here”. Charming!
The Aston Court Timberland Trail was unofficially reopened today after major works revamping and weather proofing. Its official opening will come in a few months (probably around Oktoberfest time!)
So despite the showers and forecast for heavier rain later in the day I threw the bike into Team Silver and headed up to be one of the first around the new trail. What can I say but awesome!
Team Siver has taken a couple more steps towards completion over the last couple of days. The Sidebars I ordered from VanStyle arrived nicely packaged and wrappe so Wednesday night I was able to fit them. Unlike the previous sidebars I had on Team yellow these come with cross member supports which reach under and across the van.
Photos from Team Silver Build
So since the last update I have suffered a memory card blow out on my camera phone and this has meant that I have lost a large number of photos showing the development of the inside once the carpeting had been completed. This is a bit of a shame as I had hoped to discuss my experiences of installing Ikea cabinets and the like.