Now done 87% of #walk1000miles – 2022

That’s me now done 87% of #walk1000miles. So 870.94 miles down and 129.06 miles remaining!

walk1000miles - 2022

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

Now done 85% of #walk1000miles – 2022

That’s me now done 85% of #walk1000miles. So 855.91 miles down and 144.09 miles remaining!

walk1000miles - 2022

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/08/2022

Days that Shook the BBC with David Dimbleby (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 30th August 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

A personal take on controversies that affected the BBC during the presenter’s time there, including its role in key moments of political and cultural change. In the first episode, David examines the way that the BBC has dealt with power, and how it has sought to preserve and assert its independence over the last half century. From Margaret Thatcher and Harold Wilson, to the British monarchy, David considers moments in which the BBC has come into conflict with key parts of the establishment. Following conversations with current and former BBC staff members, including broadcaster Emily Maitlis, David argues that ensuring the BBC’s separation from those in power lies at the very heart of the Corporation’s remit.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 31st August 2022) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Perez rushes to the scene of the explosion to find Tosh dazed but unharmed. He issues a warrant for Connor’s arrest, to the outrage of Rachel Cairns. The complexity and size of the bomb suggests Connor was planning some kind of attack. The team speak to those who knew him in search of extremist beliefs. Jamie, Murray and Lloyd reject any notion that Connor is capable of violence, but a despairing Danny admits environmental issues made his son angry. Meanwhile, Sandy searches for William Rodgers’ reason for being in Shetland.

Changing Rooms (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 31st August 2022)

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Whinnie Williams are in the West Yorkshire village of Haworth, to help a mother and son make over a room in each other’s homes. Mum Sonya is helped by eldest son Nathaniel, while younger son Christian works with his girlfriend Charlotte, updating a pokey kitchen and a living room with office space. But as they find, updating historic buildings without losing their charm, as well as dealing with wonky walls and uneven surfaces, brings its own challenges.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 31st August 2022) ** NEW SERIES **

Kevin McCloud returns to follow more ambitious home-design projects, beginning by meeting adventurous couple Colin and Adele. They have employed a Swedish architect, an Italian interior design company and a Latvian building company to complete the eye-popping curved glass family home in the Manchester suburb where they both grew up.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 1st September 2022)

In Swanage, the lifeboat crew work with the specialist coastguard rope team to help an injured climber. In Rhyl, north Wales, a retired crew member comes to the aid of a person in the water when mechanical problems throw a spanner in the works of the lifeboat. And on Douglas in the Isle of Man, a fire on a fishing boat puts the crew on red alert.

This Is My House (BBC 1/HD | 8:30pm to 9:00pm | Friday 2nd September 2022)

The property-based guessing game sees four people all claiming to be Lynsay, owner of a four-bedroom detached luxury house in the Scottish borders. The property boasts a steam room, walk-in wardrobes and koi carp pond and the true Lynsay runs an online business selling luxury cheese boards. It falls to panellists Judi Love, Richard Madeley, Nabil Abdulrashid, Katie Piper and Nick Grimshaw to sort out the facts from the fiction.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Happy #InternationalDogDay 2022

It’s International Dog Day 2022! So here are some photos of my new best friend Bugsy! Oh and don’t worry Cooper, I will NEVER, NEVER forget you!

Cooper may have passed anyway, a good number of months ago now. But still miss him each and every day. Can’t get my head around it. Still in mourning… Every time, I think I am getting use to him not being around, something sets me off…

Life has just not been the same since he died! xx

But of course, having Bugsy has really helped me! He’s starting to be great fun to be around! Can’t wait to go on many adventures with him…

Here are some photos of Bugsy….

Please welcome Bugsy to our family

Mark G, Bugsy and myself

Bugsy really does love his hugs now!!

More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/bugsy/

And course, had to post some of Cooper…

Cooper and myself in Wales

Cooper and myself on the Isle of Skye

Mark G, Cooper and myself at Berney Arms railway station

More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/cooper/

VeloViewer Infographic : 23 August 2022 @veloviewer

Going by my VeloViewer Infographic, I’ve had 235 active days so far in 2022! Which means, I’ve done at least one cycle or walk each day so far this year!

That’s me now done a total distance of 2,117 miles this year. Which is made up 1,271 miles of cycling and 846 miles of walking!!

So pleased with myself! I’ve just done my first 50+ mile cycle of 2022!

Where it says running… That’s my walking data!

First time at Elton and Orston railway station during 2022

Been to Elton and Orston railway station many times over the years! Even got a train from it twice, but not for a number of years!

You maybe thinking WOW. You, got a train from a railway station. But during 2020/21 only 12 people used it! Plus it only gets two trains a day, one each way. Plus no Sunday service.

Elton and Orston railway station

Elton and Orston railway station

Elton and Orston railway station

WOW! Just done my first 50+ mile cycle of 2022!

WOW! So happy with myself, just done my first 50+ mile cycle of 2022! Really hoping, that I can do least another 2 or 3 of them, before the year is out…

The cycle also covered 9.4 miles, of roads, I had never used on before!

You can check out the route at www.strava.com/activities/7688159468

Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit

Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit

Myself at Elton and Orston railway station

Now done 84% of #walk1000miles – 2022

That’s me now done 84% of #walk1000miles. So 842.54 miles down and 157.46 miles remaining!

walk1000miles - 2022

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

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