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And another parkrun!

Manuel Marques May 16, 2015 No Comments A photo a day , , ,

CPR 16 May 2015

Already integrated in my Saturday morning routine, that’s for sure! Having a bit of fun and trying hard to get to that sub-20′ time (this week I’ve beat my previous best time, with 20:17. Still 17 seconds to shave out, but I’m hoping by the end of the Summer I’ve managed to do it!). Those last two hills are terrible… looking at my laps one can definitely see a big decrease in the split times for km 3 and 4!

Many thanks to all the volunteers who painstakingly show up every Saturday morning to help out in this event, marshalling the course and taking lots of lovely pictures with which I can fill up my Facebook albums! (I think people by now are quite tired of seeing photos of me running with varying degrees of brightly coloured running gear). I really need to give back, but at the same time I don’t want to give up a potentially great training session, it is a bit of a dilemma! šŸ™‚

And in this event I’ve met a few more familiar faces – one of my co-workers came to run the full course with his two under-10-year-old children. Slowly but steadily the “running-mania” is arriving in Canterbury and, more particularly, at our own Applied Optics Group. Beware… šŸ˜€

No way…

Manuel Marques May 15, 2015 No Comments A photo a day , , ,


How was this possible?? I mean, I can understand how they fire all their “ammunition” over an unsuspecting car’s windscreen, but this window is perfectly vertical. They had to make a fly-by and aim properly at my office’s window. I feel like I’m being targeted… the kitchen window at home also had a few droppings.

Don’t know what I’ve done to you, birds! I even left some grass seed out for you to feast on! (the original intention was to make the garden look a bit greener, but anyway…)

Early bright mornings…

Manuel Marques May 13, 2015 No Comments A photo a day , , , , ,

This morning I was in for a treat – a bright mildish (not too warm, not too cold) morning with absolutely zero wind! Obviously I had to head out to the boathouse under these circumstances šŸ™‚ . By the time I got there (at about 06:30 AM) it was already very, very bright – it makes the dark days we have in Winter around here a bit more bearable when you know that by this time of the year it gets this nice! šŸ˜‰ .


Look at the lack of rippling from the water – it is a perfect mirror! If it wasn’t for the frequent logs and bits of garden waste that are quite frequently present in the river it would have been an absolutely perfect training session this morning.


(and yes, the HDR feature on my phone works really well, I have to say! No way I could ever get these images on a single frame acquisition…)

Farz breton!

Manuel Marques May 12, 2015 No Comments A photo a day , , , , ,

Farz breton!

Got this recipe from a work colleague for this typical dessert from Bretagne. Unfortunately it did not turn out the way I wanted as I used the wrong butter to line the tray (note to self: spreadable butter is NOT a good idea as it has oil in addition to the butter itself!) . Also, the tray I used was too thick – ended up leaving the thing to cook for twice as long as described in the recipe!

But it tasted all right in the end, and the ultimate test was to take it into the office and see how quickly it vanished – well, let’s say it passed with flying colours! šŸ™‚

May 6th, 2015

Manuel Marques May 6, 2015 No Comments A photo a day , , ,

May 6th, 2015

Ice on the windscreen at 6 AM – this took place just last week! It tricked me because there was only ice in the middle section of the windscreen, I’ve swiped my finger on the side and it looked just wet, not icy, I then had a nasty surprise when I used the wipers! šŸ˜›

Thankfully now there’s a balmy 13 degrees C outside! Not bad, if it wasn’t for the very strong winds that came with the temperature increase…

And why was I driving away at 6 AM? I guess you already know the answer… šŸ™‚

May 5th, 2015

Manuel Marques May 6, 2015 No Comments A photo a day ,

May 5th, 2015

Back to work! (albeit on a shorter week this time) The weather has made a turn for the worse, it has been very windy over these last days which makes cycling a bit more challenging (especially when you have the wind and the rain on your face). And the fact that I’m riding a 20+ kg commuter bike fully loaded with pannier bags does not help! šŸ™‚

May 4th, 2015

Manuel Marques May 4, 2015 No Comments A photo a day , , , ,


Race day! Yesterday it was finally the day both myself and my fellow colleagues whom I have been coaching were waiting for – the Whitstable 10k run! We did ok, the main goals were accomplished and we had a lot of fun with everybody cheering us on the way!

And to top things the race was followed by a nice BBQ party at my place – summer is coming, definitely!

Again, this photo of the day was actually not taken by me (because I feature in it), my thanks to the guys from the Romanian Social Club (in Canterbury) for taking it!

This was another photo they took of us during the race. I'm actually smiling!
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