Welcome to Rob's World, the (cheesily titled) homepage of Robin Rainton.

Given I'm mainly too lazy/busy (take your pick) to write a full 'blog very often there's now a Microblog which you'll also find on Facebook and Twitter, and maybe a few other places too.


Microblog... everyday ramblings interspersed with posts from trips and other activities.

15:59

Baby birds have been very entertaining this spring. Amazing how the tiny ones get in and out of 'jail' so easily!

08:08

Practically a full moon, moonset at sunrise this morning.

07:27

Another missed chance to score a pot of gold this morning wink Oh well, at least we get to enjoy the beautiful view smile

12:41

Riding past snowdrifts in full summer kit: what a day! Personal best time for Tourmalet West too #FasterWithAge wink smile

15:04

Well that should keep us (erm... me?) busy for a while. Noting that I DIY *very* slowly so wouldn't be difficult! wink

11:05

Beautiful La Peyre & Croix de Beliou. Sunny but 0C with 60kph wind & snowfields. To think I almost wore shorts! grin wink

17:34

Not a bad looking loaf... even if I say so myself smile Nom! tongue

11:19

What a morning for a ride. Stunning up at Gazost. Sealed road in this valley ends 9.9km from home, which is handy! wink

14:31

Dug 2 barrows of rock from tiny area of lawn this AM. Thx to builders for dumping here sad Ready to seed now though smile

13:10

Test clips are great for Arduino FTDI connection. Saves having unused headers in the final install. #RainyDayProject


The below are collections of posts/images organised by trip or subject or other events. Click on the title or image to view each.

Lot, Tarn & around - June 2020

With 2020 being bit of a trying year decided to take things easy and have just a quick trip in June. Few nights away not far from home but even though, there was plenty to see and explore. Very warm period but we survived intact!

France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland - Autumn '19

Work in progress...

Paris long weekend - June '19

When you are asked to meet up in Paris with family flying in from Australia. Oh, OK then wink Not our favourite city but to be honest it grew on me a little this trip. No 'work' and mainly random tourist activities probably helped. As did warm summer days I guess. Although I'm sure plenty would say it was too warm in Paris at this time (it was quite toasty in parts!) - those people should live in Australia before making such complaints though wink

France, Andorra, Spain - Summer '16

Summer 2016 was spent mostly... playing in the mountains smile

We did move a bit, but even then, it was just to another part of the mountains wink

This topic will likely be the last episode in a while because life seems to be settling down into a more easy way of life without much movement. Well, at least for a few months it will be that way. Travel pics will likely return next year.

Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland - Spring '16

Spring 2016. Yes, still on holiday. Oops wink

Quite enjoying the Costa Blanca (can certainly recommend this as a winter cycling destination) but as the weather warms it's time to head back North.

Trip to Germany for the snail's safety inspection - can you believe it's a year already?! Which leads to the obligatory stop with friends both there and in Switzerland. Passing through an as yet unexplored part of the Black Forest & home via the Giant of Provence. Lovely stuff.

We really love the Pyrenees though so this is where the majority of our time will be spent this year I think. Ahem wink And why not - a dream come true to ride the Tourmalet through walls of snow above one's head is just one of the benefits!