First home game of the ice hockey season today, a ‘friendly’ against the Belfast Giants. It wasn’t very friendly, and this full on scrap broke out. Once players take their gloves off, then the full penalty ensues. I thought this was where the phrase ‘the gloves are off’ had derived from, but the Internet tells me it’s a boxing idiom.
You may think this is my dog, Pip, but it is in fact a stray. Someone brought it round to me thinking it was Pip. There was no collar on him, so I took him to the vets and they scanned for a chip. His owner was away and was being looked after by relatives and he’d escaped from the garden. I returned him to the grateful owners. I think Pip was quite keen for him to stay, whereas Sandy thought ‘not another one’. Anyway, good deed done.
This is a new picture – the official Cannes 2014 poster featuring the excellent Marcello Mastroianni, from Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. A personification of cool.
After a rainy start to the day, the weather returned to something August-like, so I took the dogs for a walk down by the river and they had a nice frolic. I didn’t join them.
Picked up our Cardiff Devils season tickets today. I’ve not been a season ticket holder for any sport before, will be interesting to see whether I get value from them, and whether it changes the way you attend games. Season starts on Sunday, so expect hockey related blips on a regular basis from then.
This bee was busily collecting the last of the summer pollen. It’s like October out there so I don’t suppose there’ll be much more.
I like a fern (except Fearne Cotton, she’s annoying). This is a boston fern I think, I got it the other day. It’s not quite as fractal in it’s foliage as other ferns, which I prefer. Let’s see how it gets on in ‘the smallest room’.
I did the first ever Severn bridge half marathon today. The bridge was closed and we started halfway across it. The route was a bit hillier than I had anticipated, and I ended up taking 2:06, my slowest time for a half. I look upon it as training for the Cardiff half, and have also adopted a new “don’t fret the time” philosophy.
Side channel off the canal
Here are words you don’t want to hear when you’ve got a headache and thinking of a quick nap: “Dad, can I practise my drumming?”