A day devoted to Success through Service

Monday and we were at the Best Western Milford Hotel for a whole day of training. Our usual training day involves wall ties, damp and timber or waterproofing issues but not this one.  Hence we didn’t have it at our unit and chose a nice board room in the Milford hotel conference centre, near Leeds. […]

Damp, wall ties, waterproofing, woodworm, dry rot, wet rot,structural repairs…yes, all that and more!

My day job is managing director of Brick-Tie Preservation, a firm I started 25 years ago. I have no sentimental attachment to the firm as an entity, but I do have a profound attachment to my lads and the girls who form the business. We spent all day last Friday together, at my unit in […]

Early season Paragliding in the lakes

I mentioned last November that I’d bought a new paraglider – a lovely Gin Sprint. It’s an intermediate glider, whereas my old one was a beginners wing. I managed to get it out of the bag again last Thursday after waiting on Bradwell Edge in the Peaks,  without any joy, the previous Saturday. Anyway, Chris […]

Ha! passed my paragliding Pilot rating!

Just finished for Christmas and opened the post at home.  I am now officially, full pilot rated.  This means that I can legally leave the hills and fly cross country. In spring, I may find myself riding a thermal to cloud base again.  This time I’ll be going ‘over the back’.  I’m so excited and […]

Relax, you’re at 3000 feet…

Saturday morning and I was sat on the hillside at Wether Fell, near Hawes, in the Yorkshire Dales.  I was waiting, along with ten or so others, for the wind to pick up. I had my brand new paraglider laid out ready, and I was strapped in y harness.  I’ve been paragliding for five years […]

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