Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Refurbish or replace?

27th August 2020

Around two years ago, windows in a house that I own were overdue some attention. Many of the double glazing panels had failed and I was minded to replace them all and leave the frames in place. However, everything was more than twenty years old and the option of replacing whole windows presented itself even if that scared me a little. In the end, windows were replaced with the logic being that whole new windows were a better bet for longevity than repairing the exiting items. Doing this brought other benefits like the ability to lock them as well as being able to have some ventilation while still having the partly open window locked in a way that still retained added security.

Meindl Bhutan

What reminded me of this episode is the state of my old pair Meindl Burma boots. Their soles are beginning to part from their well worn uppers and I have had them more than eleven years. It is possible to get the boots resoled as I discovered on the websites of Bramwell International and Lancashire Sports Repairs. Of course, the boots would need better cleaning if I chose this route and the repairs could be costly too. Just like with those windows, the end result is that I still would have had an old pair of boots even they gain a much needed refurbishment. That decided me and I instead chose to repurpose boots previously used on international excursions and replace those with a pair of Meindl Bhutans instead. There is such a thing as false economy at times so I hope that my decision is the right one.

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