(delayed) Weeknotes 2022.46: So this is 30

(delayed) Weeknotes 2022.46: So this is 30

It was my birthday this week. By the end of this year, I shall have lived for (just about) 11,000 days. I wish I could say I don’t feel any older, but my leg did a funny thing when walking home from the tube on Friday evening so I’m not sure that’s true. I guess it’s only going to get worse.

My film camera is back from the repair shop. Sendean Cameras charged me £240 to repair the electronics and clean, lube, and adjust it and replace the light traps—pricey, but less than another second-hand camera would’ve cost, and this should see me right for a while. I’m waiting for my first lot of photos to come back from the lab now and I’m looking forward to the results.

On the way to collect the camera, I had more fun with my Helios 44-2 (see previously). Autumn vegetation is a fun target for the swirly bokeh. I also took it to Leake Street on Saturday, and with some correction for overexposure, the results were delightful.

A fern on a long stem with golden green-yellow foliage turning brown and shrivelling. Behind, bare trees blur against a bright blue sky.

I’ve been doing the NHS Couch to 5k programme and just finished week 6—probably by pushing myself a tad too far and going to Hampstead Heath. Throwing some hills and some gravel/unsealed paths into the equation (and carrying my camera on my shoulder) was probably a mistake, but I saw some pretty autumn leaves, and was almost tripped up by a dog carrying a huge stick. But I managed 3.65km over 25 minutes, which I'm pleased with given the 65m elevation gain the surfaces. Afterwards, I swam in the Highgate men’s pond (previously) for all of 5 minutes or so. The water temperature was about 10ºC. Bracing, but I guess over time I’ll get used to cold water swimming—if I keep at it. (If I keep at it.)

Finally, in light of Twitter's spectacular fall from not-that-much grace (thanks Elon) I've started posting more on Mastodon. I can be found @joro@mastodon.lol. I'm also more active on Instagram these days @joro.jpeg. I also have a cohost account but I barely use it—I guess there's not enough of a critical mass of friends on there.