I bought a pair of Merrell MOAB boots for £115 (see featured image) from Millets in Derby 40 days ago and this morning I came back from walking my dog, Leo, and found my left sock was wet because those Merrell boots let in water. They were sold to me as waterproof. Every day I walk a minimum of five miles, 1.5 miles in the morning over wet grass when Leo chases a tennis ball, and 3.5 miles in the afternoon when he just walks. I cannot tolerate wet feet on a regular basis. I must have waterproof shoes or boots. Wellingtons are no good for walking a long distance. My last pair of walking shoes split where the upper and sole join on one foot. That was detected by a wet foot too.
The scenario when you begin clearing snow from your car:
You just got up to go to work and your car has 50mm of snow all over it. You get your warm clothes on and rush outside to begin clearing snow from your car. What do you use?
Hands. “Oh! That’s so cold.”
Hands with gloves on. “Oh! They’re so wet and cold – the gloves are ruined and I still haven’t moved much snow.”
A piece of cardboard. “Oh! The snow has melted and soaked into it and now it’s disintegrating.”
A Soft-bristled Hand Brush. “Oh! That’s great. It’s moving large amounts of snow very easily and is resistant to the wet. The bristles are so soft they aren’t damaging my car’s paintwork. I’ll soon have it all swept off and my hands are staying relatively warm and dry.”
Soft-bristled Hand Brushes – Available from hardware stores.
The Euro crisis has caused some people to be concerned as to who is the Euro Banknote Issuing Country for the banknotes that they hold. The concept being that if a country in the Euro-zone goes belly up its notes will lose considerable value while the notes of the other Euro-zone countries will maintain their value. This situation is encouraging some people to hold onto the notes issued in certain countries while ditching (spending quickly or returning them to the bank) notes from certain other countries.
Table of Euro Banknote Issuing Country Codes
So according to Wikipediathis table relates the serial number prefix on Euro Banknotes to the country that issued them (see the notes below where codes are in parenthesis):
There aren’t any notes prefixed with the letters in the notes below.
W, K and J are reserved for countries that are not yet in the Euro-zone.
R is reserved for a state that doesn’t currently issue Euro Notes but is in the Euro-zone.
The following example is a 5 EURO note from The Netherlands: P22280693815.
The following example is a 10 EURO note from Germany: X73209895409.
It was the second day of our vist to the Durham area. It was a damp morning with missle in the air but we enjoyed our walk along the Wear river bank opposite the castle and cathedral. We crossed the Wear and went to the cathedral where the vaulted ceiling amazed us. Apparently it is the forerunner of its type with ceiling ribs in the shape of pointed arches. How surprising, in this type of location, to find Durham Cathedral bungee jumping in progress.
Durham Cathedral Bungee Jumping
When we went outside, on the Cathedral green, and found bungee jumping taking place with someone being winched up ready to jump.
This post discusses dinner at Finbarrs Restaurant. In reality Finbarr’s has an apostrophe before the “s“, but in order to make this post stand out in search engines I have had to make all references to Finbarr’s Restaurant look like this: Finbarrs Restaurant without the apostrophe.
In Durham there are lots of narrow hilly streets and the river has a big hairpin bend in it so you can walk over one bridge and after a short distance, without doubling back, walk over the same river again. The Market Place is pedestrianised and on quite a steep slope, but it’s all very clean with more pedestrianised streets leading off it. Even the Market Hall on one side of it has a severely sloping floor inside it, and a two storey staircase to get up to it on one side. Here, in the featured image, is a nice view of the River Wear taken from Elvet Bridge. I presume the rowers are sporting university types.
“It’s a bit nippy, a bit dull and there have been a few showers.” – Helpful Colin, May 2012
Dinner At Finbarrs Restaurant
We finished the day with dinner at Finbarrs Restaurant which we came across while walking out of the town centre earlier in the day. It’s No.4 on Trip Advisor’s list of Durham Restaurants (at the time of writing), and deservedly so. It has a very nice ambience and we saw plenty of customers on Friday night. It also has a very nice bar area. NOTE: It can be difficult to find. Walk to the end of Waddington Street furthest from the town where there is an Arriva bus depot. To the right of it is a hotel through an archway. Finbarrs Restaurant is around the back of the hotel off the car park and cannot be seen from the street. There is a sign for the restaurant on the left as you enter from the street by the bus depot.
Sadly it slipped down to No.10 on Trip Advisor’s Durham Restaurants by 24/12/2014.
As of 2019 it is No. 16 out of 238 on the Durham restaurant list. It was also a Certificate of Excellence winner for 2016 – 2019 according to Trip Advisor.
The Caernarfon Swing Bridge is found crossing the River Seiont adjacent to Caernarfon Castle.
The town of Caernarfon is a beautiful clean Royal Town in the summer sun, sitting on the northwest coast of Wales just south of Anglesey. Unfortunately tidal rivers rarely look nice especially when the low tide exposes the mud. If you look carefully at the River Seiont on the left you will at least see through the water to the muddy bottom. So you can see how clear the water is. This is the view looking up river from the mouth by Caernarfon Castle.
This is the Bridge Keeper’s Lodge which is just to the right of the bridge on the south bank.
This must be the Stig of bus drivers getting his bus up this steep hill in one go without sliding all over the place. He did it in these snowy winter conditions on 9th November 2010.
This is miraculous driving of the X4 service single deck bus shown here going up Saltburn Road1 between Vista Mar and the Spa Hotel at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire.
It must take a bit of skill in the summer never mind in these icy winter conditions. The road has a gradient of 25%.
The video shows several cars on the road many of which are having difficulty driving under these conditions. Some are skidding and others are being pushed, but this bus zips through them and drives straight up the incline without skidding or stopping.
Below is a map of the Saltburn-by-the-sea area where this was filmed. The location of the camera was at or near: 54°35’06.1″N, 0°58’11.5″W.
The X4 bus is seen travelling in a southerly direction along that zig-zag part of Saltburn Road between Vista Mar and The Spa Hotel.
For those who want to visit here is a travel guide to Saltburn-by-the-sea.
I have done my geography and looked at Google Maps and Streetview to check the location of this steep winding road. I found the action happens on Saltburn Road and not Saltburn Bank as mentioned in the Simjem video. That is another road adjoining Saltburn Road to the east of this location.
The Simjem video information on Youtube suggests this event was filmed on 9th November 2010. I checked the weather for that winter to be sure it snowed on that date in that location. I can’t be sure it did but knowing it is an exposed seaside town in the NE of England, and a very cold winter ensued after that date, I think it likely is correct. The weather for that winter 2010-11 can be examined here.