|Wrapping 2017 at Baildon station.|
Boldly venturing across the Washburn,
and onwards to Nidderdale!
Boldly venturing through the unknown,
along Bradford's many streets!
|Four OS maps retired after 6 years|
of sterling outdoor service!
|My Fuji Finepix E-900 retires, |
after 7 years as my constant companion.
I've also acknowledged that It's Finally Time to Ring the Changes and retire some of the kit that has served me so well over the last six years, as some long time standards like my trusty Regatta bag have finally been relegated to shopping duty only, and many maps that have been in my possession since 2003 have finally reached the point that one stiff breeze or wet day would shred them past the point of continued viability. The major change is the retirement of my Fuji Finepix E-900 digital camera that has been my constant companion on my travels over the seven years and six walking seasons, having done over 3,000+ miles over the lanes and byways of this country with me, as well as having travelled as many miles again as I attempt to document everything interesting that I have seen over the years. It owes me little, having taken almost 130,000 pictures on my travels and having taken many, many trips to the ground and into dirt and puddles, to always come out smiling and ready to go again, and indeed it still works just fine, but the rubber hand grips on it have started to deform and come lose after so many miles in my sweaty paws, and thus it's due a retirement before it breaks catastrophically. Indeed, it's done many more trips than I had intended for it, as it was planned to be replaced after my 40th birthday, an appropriate treat for myself, but it kept on going as it still worked and had legs, despite it's perpetually terrible battery life. Still it's a device from another age, acquired on the super cheap almost a decade ago as an end of line discount, a mere £70 from a wholesaler on eBay, and new machines have the capability to do 12M imagery and HD video, and house an 8GB SD memory card that can hold over 5,000 pics at 5M resolution, whereas my largest xD card could hold a mere 1,600 (and 8GB is the smallest available card by contemporary standards). So, it's fond farewell to an old friend, and I hope that the replacement will do me as much sterling service as this one had, braving the fiercest of weathers in all the seasons, and never letting me down along the way, it's a tall order already, and will certainly never provide the value for money that this old girl did.
50 Years of Marriage, & of Family Wren!
Next Up: The passage of the Dark Season, and new goals for 2018!