Friday, January 08, 2010

Snow Hunters

Snow Hunters, originally uploaded by epredator.

The weather has been very odd for this part of the country.
We even got to sledge in our own garden !

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Digging out this old snowboard gear

Sat Down, originally uploaded by epredator.

With all the #uksnow around I thought it was a good idea to dig out my no limits sallopettes and airwalk boarding jacket and relive my youth.
Of course I dont have a snow board, not a hill bit the rest of the kit is still in great condition.
The trousers were ones that I stomped into a shop in resort with a huge rip in the rear end of my cheap quilted ones and demanded the best pair of snow trousers they had. I ended up with some brilliantly waterproof teflon coated ones (that still fit BTW).
The airwalk jacket has lots of great features like a neoprene cuff so you get no snow up your sleeve. A hood that also has a peaked cap and lots of layers and pockets.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Now that is a gate!

Gate mechanism, originally uploaded by epredator.

We went for a walk near swanwick and I was amazed at this seemingly over engineered gate mechanism.
The gate is like a re-enforced version of the old level crossing gates where the metal squared off elements fold under gravity.
With this gate though it is a bit more military checkpoint. A large cantilever block can push the gate down (on the right) and the very solid cross braces lift up.
It is really clever.