Cycling infrastructure in Aberdeen

We went for quite a stressful bike ride today. It was supposed to be a pleasant afternoon cycling along a newly discovered bike path but traffic and a lack of suitable crossings for bicycles made it stressful. I took a photo of one of the crossings we made to point out how inadequate it is for bicycles.… Continue reading Cycling infrastructure in Aberdeen

From Aberdeen to Crathes on Deeside Way

This is my last day of the five-day blogging challenge and because I've had quite an eventful day I'm going to post a number of photos. I am absolutely knackered. We went out for a cycle ride on Deeside Way today all the way out to Crathes. According to Map My Ride it was 22km… Continue reading From Aberdeen to Crathes on Deeside Way

Bicycles, birds, and mathematicians

We've just returned from a very enjoyable departmental party at Ben's work. The pure maths department is very small so it was a small and friendly gathering. There were some other kids there and they paired up with our kids and spent the time tearing about the place and burning off energy. We cycled there and home… Continue reading Bicycles, birds, and mathematicians

Aberdeen Jazz Festival

We spent a couple of hours at the Aberdeen Jazz Festival this afternoon. It was terrific. I love jazz. Especially live jazz. We used to go to the Christchurch Jazz Festival every year which was at a similar time of year; April I think. I wonder whether it still runs? The Aberdeen Festival was just… Continue reading Aberdeen Jazz Festival

Exercise makes you smarter and Robert Burns

I wasn't thinking very clearly last week and I did a lot of dumb things. I blame a lack of physical activity. Busby was out of action for a few days due to frozen brakes and when I did go out for a bike ride I had to cycle very slowly because of the ice.… Continue reading Exercise makes you smarter and Robert Burns

A guest post from Busby the bike

I'm Busby the Bakfiets, Rachel's bicycle. It was very cold last night and everything froze, including me: My mistress tried to ride me this morning but couldn't. First she tried to open the cover to let the two wriggly creatures inside but the cover was frozen shut. Eventually she got it open but the lock was… Continue reading A guest post from Busby the bike

“Daddy can’t do anything”

My family was pleased to see me when I arrived back home from Barcelona, but they weren't ecstatic or anything and they seemed to have managed just fine without me. In fact, I was disappointed to see that Ben wasn't looking more dishevelled and stressed out after almost a week as a single parent. And… Continue reading “Daddy can’t do anything”

Aberdeen’s amusement park and extreme wealth

Elizabeth turned 5 on New Year's Eve. We didn't have a party for her this year and instead took her out today to the amusement park on Aberdeen's waterfront. Yep, Aberdeen has an amusement park right by the sea called Codonas. Personally I think it's a god-awful waste of good real estate but who am… Continue reading Aberdeen’s amusement park and extreme wealth

The beach, Aberdeen

I had to take my Thunderbolt monitor to the Apple store this morning because the camera is blurry and I can't fix it. It's still under warranty so they're going to replace the camera for me which is great. But are you wondering how I got a huge and heavy Thunderbolt to the Apple store… Continue reading The beach, Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen

I love universities. I went to kindergarten at a university. When I started school I spent many afternoons at a university since there wasn't always someone at home to look after us after school so my sister and I went to the university where my father worked - and still does - instead. We would draw pictures on the… Continue reading The University of Aberdeen

I shave my armpits and the ice is still melting

I'm finding the school trip with Busby and two kids easier and easier. It's almost too short a journey for me now. Certain "Skeptics" (you know who you are) might mock me and my bicycle and all I have to say in response is that I have a damn fine set of legs now thanks to cycling everyday. So… Continue reading I shave my armpits and the ice is still melting

The River Dee

I don't really like shopping, especially supermarket shopping. One of the great things about the UK is you can get everything online and it's usually delivered super fast. We ordered our mattress and bed frame online for instance. The downside of this is that the stuff comes in cardboard packaging and you then have to… Continue reading The River Dee

Sexism, carnivorous plants, and cycling

I sometimes have problems spotting the more subtle forms of sexism. I'm not sure if this is because I'm a woman and I just don't notice, or if it's for some other reason. Fortunately I'm married to a feminist so I'm unlikely to be taken advantage of for being so naive about this. What constitutes… Continue reading Sexism, carnivorous plants, and cycling