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Friday, April 18, 2014


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Samsung S3 phone gone haywire?

Just passing on our experience to other readers.

Sheila’s wonderful Samsung S3 smart phone was anything but smart after the last software upgrade. It would be easier and quicker to tell you about bits that worked rather than the areas which kept freezing or just didn’t work anymore.

We kept checking the Samsung web site for their “FIX” after they finally admitted the fault with the upgrade. Nothing for months.
Then we heard that there was not going to be a fix release and customers would have to wait for the next software upgrade. (Great way of losing customers)

So Sheila decided to sack Samsung altogether and go and buy an Apple phone. Her contract with Vodafone is almost up.
I had the idea of asking vodafone if they would download all Sheila’s info onto their smart expensive data transfer box and then re-set factory settings. They (Vodafone) told me that it wouldn’t work and it would just reset to the upgraded software. So one door closed.

Last week we noticed a new Samsung shop opening on Market St Manchester. It looks like an Apple store but smaller. Sheila asked if they could sort out the software mess and although they kept the phone 3 days it has been re-set to before the upgrade.
Everything is working fine. They did say that all the photo’s and contacts etc would be lost but that’s not a problem as we use numerous cloud type storage systems.

So if any readers are having similar problems with the S3 then there is a solution. Don’t take what your service provider says as gospel. Go to the manufacturer and insist that something is done.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bollington Circular walk

Wednesday 9th April 2014.

Another early start for me, a bus and a tram to Timperley towers, the home of Martin, todays guide and organiser and our chauffeur to Bollington Cheshire.
Along with JJ, we 3 eventually met up with Allan and John from the LDWA plodders section. I say eventually because the traffic was crawling and the others were in the wrong car park in Bollington.
 We started walking at around 10.50 am through a municipal park where preparations looked on going for a cricket match. It was a warm day, very pleasant.
On the way up hill to our first high point White Nancy, we passed under a really high aqueduct which held the Macclesfield canal. Quite a construction.
Once into open countryside John decided that he would show us his latest skill of backwards skiing.
Quite a steep and wet slope brought out the best of John as his practice runs gained momentum and his shorts gained military colours.
Martin offered John some advice about needing new shoes only to find out that they were in fact absolutely brand new. Mmm.

White Nancy is a monument built at the end of the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
 Here John is practicing backwards skiing whilst all the “P” takers are laughing.
White Nancy

It’s quite a fine ridge with stunning views over rolling hills. Quite a breeze on top almost had me donning a windproof but as it was quite warm i resisted.
The next top was an un-named trig point along the Saddle of Kerridge at 313M. (Great name that).
Then another slippery decent down towards the Cat and Fiddle road.
A brew stop was called for and the Aye’s had the majority. A grassy bank in the lee of the wind was found where Martin produced the infamous fudge brownies.
 Un-named trig point 313 metres.

Brew stop, a must have every 2 hours in case we fall asleep.
Over the Cat and Fiddle road the path was another up and became part of the Gritstone trail. The trail has been on my to do list for ages and i admit that it is indeed in fine country. More and more it looked like the Yorkshire Dales landscape. (Except of course it is in posh Cheshire).

Carrying on following the trail it wasn’t long before Teggs Nose came into view. Strange name. Tegg’s nose is a hill within a country park. It was once a working quarry where the stone was used to build the small surrounding villages, mills and reservoirs.
Some historical quarry plant has been preserved and is available for kids and bigger kids to play on. Another decision was taken here to utilise the stone benches and have lunch. Numerous dog walkers past us and numerous dogs tried to pinch our lunches. Yes, and another piece of fudge brownie was supplied.

The views on the steep way down from Tegg’s nose are quite spectacular. Across the Macclesfield forest with the reservoirs around Langley village and of course the dominant feature of Shuttlingsloe.
Great crested Grebe, Tuffted Ducks, Mallard and Canada Geeese could all be seen as we crossed the dams and the sound of Chiffchaffs everywhere.
Parking must be an issue for the residents here as a not too polite sign was passed.
 View across Mac Forest and the top of Shuttlingsloe
 Reservoirs around Langley
 Crossing Tegg’s Nose and Bottoms reservoirs.
 No Parking along Bottoms reservoir.
 Heading through Langley village some  folk had memories of Tarfside for some reason. It must be St Dunstans. We passed an old mill which now was in a poor state and had once been a part of the silk printing, dyeing and finishing trade. The beautiful Langley Hall was passed with a build date of 1696 displayed on a cartouche above the doorway. The hall is now apartments.
 Langley Hall Cartouche.
 Through the village and back into open country we had a brief boggy section where some took the high road and some splodged through. JJ and i had dry feet. Views still extensive as we crossed beside the Macclefield golf course to meet up with the Macclesfield canal.
It wasn’t too long before that magical 2 hours came up again and so with a plan in mind Martin headed for a known bench. Only to find out that the reserved sign had been removed and replaced by a lady and a young lad. Very inconsiderate we thought as we had to sit down on the canal side.
We watched a Heron for a little while only to realise that it was eyeing up day old Mallard chicks. The Mallard was not at all happy and it looked to us as though she only had one chick left.

At one point the tow path crosses over to the opposite bank and a good example of a horse crossing bridge was examined.
The horse which would have been towing the narrow boat in years gone bye didn’t have to be untied to reach the opposite bank as the design of the bridge allowed the rope to traverse without getting stuck. Clever stuff.

All too soon Bollington was upon us and a steep drop from the aqueduct we went under at the start of the walk was negotiated. It had  been a grand day. Good weather and good company.
Thanks Martin for organising it, and other blog postings will be found on both Martins and JJ’s blogs at some point.

Just under 6 hours hence the 3 stops for sustenance. 575 metres of "Up” and 19km in length.

Map not stolen from Martin, but still not from Satmap yet.

Friday, April 11, 2014

TGO Challenge 2014 gear Pt.2. Sleeping, F.A.K and toiletries.

When it comes to sleeping bags i only have 2 real choices.

  1. Rab Summit 300. 862grams incl dry bag.
  2. PHD Minim 500. 970grams incl dry bag.
I have chosen to take the Rab. My reasoning for this decision is as follows.
I tend to have a definite dividing line as to when i use each bag. If the conditions and temperatures are on the downwards trend 3 ℃ and below i would take the PHD. If the trend in conditions are 0and above i take the Rab. In the event that the temperature does take a dip then i could supplement the warm with clothes. Seeing that i will be taking the down jacket and warm socks anyway why not multi use them.
 Rab Summit 300.
PHD Minimus down jacket.

It was whist weighing these 2 items ( 862gr and 465gr) it came into my mind that i didn’t need a dry bag for both items individually. Changing to one dry bag saved me a whole 35grams.
Combined sleeping bag and down jacket, 1292grams. The down jacket would predominantly be used in camp anyway and therefore being located in the same bag as the sleeping bag would not cause an access problem.

I always put my down gear in its own dry bags even though i do use a rucksack dry liner.

I would like to reduce the weight of my sleeping bag by around 250 grams by getting a new one but these are expensive bits of kit and i’m not in a position to change gear just when i feel like it. So the Rab Summit will have to suffice for now.

Under my bag i will be taking the ThermArest Neo air (Short) that was kindly replaced recently by Cascade. And also i will be taking some 3mm thick foam that will insulate and protect the NeoAir from punctures hopefully. The 6ft length of 3mm foam only weighs 77grams and its a luxury worth having imo. Tried and tested.

Underneath my sleeping area i will be taking a piece of Tyvek (No photo) as a groundsheet protector.100 grams.

A pair of Heat Socks will keep the cold at bay in the tent and also useful in bothies. I may not take these yet. The jury is still out.

F.A.K. (First aid kit)

The blue and yellow pouch is my Brenig food warmer which doubles up as my FAK protector.
Included here is:-

  1.  Spare toilet tissue which is actually kitchen roll. (it doesn’t disintegrate as easily as std toilet tissue.) 
  2. A roll of plaster tape and rubber gloves. 
  3. A small tub containing foot powder, 
  4. Small safety pins. Not absolutely necessary but they weigh very little.
  5. Lanacane anti chaffing gel.
  6. Small bandage
  7. Creme for any foot rot type infections.(Well used item)
  8. Painkillers
  9. Anti inflammatory tabs
  10. Gastro tabs
  11. Alergy tabs
  12. Blister plasters and re-hydration powder.
  13. Small sewing kit.
  14. Nail file
  15. Plastic tidy bags 
Scissors are in with my knife so a pair is not included here. Also a small tube of Savlon will be included but i didn’t have any when the photo was taken. So the 292grams will be closer to 300grams when it’s included.


  1. Alpkit tidy bag.
  2. Small Lifeventure towel
  3. Toothbrush
  4. Small tube of toothpaste
  5. Shaving oil
  6. Razor
  7. Sun oil (Spray). Just in case it stops raining.
  8. Cleansing wipes
  9. Dental sticks
  10. Soap.

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