about JohnH

Sorted, fit. Current activities are photography, hiking, motorbiking, trail biking, music, geology/geoscience, dinner-at-home, travel and more.

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A Mercedes 280 SL at Putney Reach

Maybe it’s time to move on from motorbikes? Car roofs aren't always necessary, but if there’s no roof is it still a “tintop”? This one in dark blue isn’t the one of the bright colour schemes - blue, red or yellow - but hey maybe some of us prefer to be discreet, which leaves the full-on yellow for the tearaways in from the Chilterns, the Cotswolds and the Kent coast.

Ford Mustang at Chiswick Park

’fraid not upping my game quite yet; the rather stylish Mercedes 280 SL, built about 1970, was parked at Putney Reach on the shores of the Thames which the rowing clubs usually monopolise.

Read more: Upping my game

Rowing in my home gym - in the sports zone

I rediscovered my rowing ergometer in the last lockdown (ie November 2020). I’ve not been using it for some while and it’s just been gathering dust. It turns out that after my mildly obsessive work in my home gym during the previous lockdowns that I’m now strong enough to use the rower again.
There are of course niggles and strains to work around. But getting the kit on and selecting “just row” on the monitor gets me into the sports zone very nicely, concentrating on my stroke style and counting mindlessly.
I bought it in the 1980s for exactly that, now in this period of lockdown it’s great that I can again use it to lose myself in the sport and exertion. These days I’m being careful not to go all-out, though a short sprint finish is always fun and leaves the body xinging nicely.

Read more: In the Zone

Christmas greetings 2020

2020 nearly gone, the year when we all got sore behind the ears from wearing masks. Not quite clear whether and when we’ll get back to where we were before the pandemic. Meanwhile may I wish you as Merry a Christmas as possible and I’m sure we’re all hoping for better in 2021: I’m really looking forward to getting those jabs.


Lemon harvest from my patio garden in Hammersmith, West London

Lemon harvest (3.2 kg) from my patio garden in Hammersmith, West London

Lemon fruits on the tree in my patio garden in Hammersmith, West London

Lemon fruits ready for harvest in my patio garden in Hammersmith

A hint of the sub-tropics in West London

Read more: Lemons and limes and oranges 2020

Westfield Shepherds Bush

Selfie at Westfield Shepherds Bush

Christmas decorations display, Westfield Shepherds Bush

Christmas decorations display even in the first week of October, Westfield Shepherds Bush

Visual diary of my week - a set of photos linked by time rather than by place.

More photos: That was the week that was