Saturday, July 26, 2008

Living the life of Riley

Posted by Chris @ 7:38 PM

If you've ever read my blog thinking “this blog is all well and good, but you've never told us how to live the life of Riley”, well this post is for you!

Take a week off work and then follow these simple steps. On the Saturday journey to your Uncles static caravan in Addingham Moorside that you're using for a few days. If you haven't got a caravan there, then sorry, I can't help you!

Sunday - visit Malham Cove, it really is spectacular. If you have the energy (we didn't as we'd had little sleep due to Charlotte settling in) do the circular walk which takes in Janet's Foss (a waterfall), Goredale Scar (a boulder littered valley) and Malham Cove and the limestone pavement. We saw some guys climbing Malham Cove as well, which always help add scale.

Monday - visit Skipton Castle and Skipton. The castle is well worth it, fully roofed it is in great condition and really lets you imagine the rooms as usable spaces that people would have once lived in, rather than looking at a ruin. Skipton itself has an award winning fish and chip shop (they were rather nice) and a good selection of shops to potter around.

Tuesday - visit the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Take the train from Embsay to Bolton Abbey, then walk from the station to Bolton Abbey itself (about 20 mins). Enjoy a great walk around the priory ruins, then walk back to the station and get the train back to the car. Charlotte enjoyed this, as you'll see in the video.

Wednesday travel home.

Thursday - Go snowboarding at Xscape, on a baking summers day who wants to be in the sun!

Friday - Go swimming with you baby daughter. If you haven't got a baby daughter then living the life of Riley will be tricky for you. We went to the Dearne Valley Leisure Centre which was much better than expected.

Saturday and Sunday chill out at home, do the odd chore, and don't think about work on Monday morning ;o)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Time lapse of Charlotte sleeping at 7 months

Posted by Chris @ 8:14 PM

Dawn and I have noticed recently that Charlotte wakes up rotated 180 degrees in her cot. We wondered how this happened, if it was quick or gradual, so got out our trusty night vision camera and created another time lapse video (just like the last one)!

This one is a bit longer, around 6:40, watch it here:

Charlotte sleeping time lapse at 7 months old from Chris Riley on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Vasco Lounge Bar and Restaurant

Posted by Chris @ 8:16 PM

It was our 3rd wedding anniversary yesterday, so to celebrate Dawn and I went to a Vasco Lounge Bar and Restaurant outside Rotherham, in Wickersley (it takes about 25mins to get there from ours).

It was a wonderfully pleasant evening. The restaurant is done out really well, the waitress was very plesant and attentive, and the food was very good, even better than our other haunt, Fahenheit Food!

After an appetiser of smoked mackerel pate and pickled cucumber Dawn had grilled asparagus with Parma ham and Parmesan cheese, and I had Chicken Liver Parfait, with a delicious orange marmalade. For main Dawn had the Coppice House Farm Beef Fillet with Lyonnais potatoes, creamed oyster mushrooms, french beans and mange tout with a red wine sauce and I had the Canon of Lamb roasted and served with ratatouille and thyme mash. Both were excellent! For dessert Dawn had and iced apple and honeycomb parfait, and I had the cheese board. We washed that all down with a glass of wine, and a coffee.

All in all it was a fantastic meal, the only downside was it was a little pricey. At just over £70 I think they could easily loose 1 or 2 pounds of each item on the menu, and they'd probably get more repeat business. But what do I know! Anyway, if you want to experience something outside of Sheffield, give it a go.

I couldn't agree more

Posted by Chris @ 8:08 PM

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Sales Guy vs. Web Dude

Posted by Chris @ 9:10 PM

Techcrunch led me to this genius video - it is about 10 minutes long, but please, especially if you're a web developer, take the time to watch it - I was laughing out loud a bit too much! (You will need sound.)