Its a long time since I have done one of these but I thought it was about time as there is a lot to talk about both professionally and personally.
As far as the work side of things goes, I am currently working for VF Corporation in Bornem, Belgium. You may not of heard of them but they own brands such as Wrangler, Lee, The North Face, Kipling, Eastpak, Jansport, Napapirji, Vans, Reef, 7 For All Mankind (very expensive jeans) and others. I am working as part of the project to integrate their latest acquisition: Timberland, into VFs IT systems. This is due to live at the end of April so is keeping me very busy!
A small problem has arisen recently and that is travel arrangements. In the past I have always flown direct from Newcastle to Brussels which meant that I could leave home and be in the office about 4 hours later, usually by about 10am. As from the end of March the direct flights stopped and I have been trying to find the best way to get to work. At the moment I am on my way home on an East Coast train passing through Doncaster. My journey started about 5.5 hours ago and I still have another 1.5 hours before I get to Newcastle. I enjoy the service on Eurostar and East Coast (first class of course) but it is a long journey. I will try flying to Antwerp and taking the Thalys to Antwerp in 2 weeks which should be quicker but the connections are very tight.
Personally, the biggest thing is that we have decided to move house. We put our house on the market and suprisingly had an offer that we agreed to within 10 days. It was just as well that we had already decided where we wanted to move to and that our offer was acceptedvery quickly. We have decided to move from Newcastle to Alston in Cumbria, the highest market town in England at about 1300 feet above sea level and with a population of about 2500. Quite a change but we are looking forward to it, the move should happen during June.
I am still trying to get out on my bike as much as possible but the bad weather so far this year has tried its best to stop me. I have had the road bike on the turbo trainer in the garage and try to do 3 to 4 hours a week. I have been out on the mountain bike when the weather has not been too bad and managed to get the road bike out of the garage last weekend for a few hours. I have also took part in cycle speedway matches for the Northumbria Vikings away at Edinburgh, Hull and Stockport as well as a few practices at home. Unfortunately due to working away from home, I will miss the next 2 or 3 cycle speedway matches and doubt I will be able to take part in the EuroVets series this year.
So lots of travelling and a big house move coming up in the next few months and I will trying to get out on one of my bikes as much as possible in between.