First Boardgame

We are avid viewers of TableTop with Wil Wheaton. The show’s premise is to present a table top game or games in each episode. Each show plays through a game and provides a flavour of what to expect – alongside banter, mirth, and snappy editing to keep the programme flowing.

Megan recently compiled and narrowed down the list of table top games we had watched. We wanted a game that could be played by two people but would scale up to four or six. We also wanted a simpler game – as compared to some of the fairly involved games we had seen.

We ended up getting Ticket to Ride European Edition.

Today we played our first game.

Megan's first move in Ticket to Ride

Megan’s first move in Ticket to Ride

Graham's first move in Ticket to Ride

Graham’s first move in Ticket to Ride

Our first completed game in Ticket to Ride

Our first completed game in Ticket to Ride

It was great fun. The rules took only a few minutes to grasp and I can see that this game has a lot of scope and many hours of playing ahead.

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Escaping My Enclosure

I have looked forward to my first walk since the surgery with delight. We often walk in the local park to escape our apartment and the trials of the day. So I dreaded being stuck inside while I recovered.

Ducks on our local park lake in Lyon

Ducks on our local park lake in Lyon

I was not disappointed by my first slow, and a touch uncomfortable, walk yesterday evening. The rain had just stopped when we stepped outside and the light was fading. It made for a magical environment and a near deserted park. Only a few runners looping the edge shared the quiet paths with us.

Lamp posts and trees in our local park.

Lamp posts and trees in our local park.


Thank you for your support and concern; it helped more than you might imagine.

I am back from surgery and recovering nicely at home. Megan is looking after me and doing her best to keep me from injuring myself. If anyone deserves sympathy it is Megan.

This morning I discovered I have metal staples in my stomach holding me together. Not sure how to feel about that. A mixture of impressive and horrifying comes to mind.

I continue to be in awe of the French health care system. We have been helped through every stage by caring and considerate medical staff.

It is still less than 48 hours since I went into surgery. Since then I have checked in new code – with unit tests, helped customers with queries, and am resting enough to keep Megan sane.

It is going to be a little while before I am back to full strength but I will make sure that time is as short as possible.

More Mobile

Yesterday, I rolled out a new style for Megan’s English teaching web site, The English Space. The new style offers better support for mobile and tablet computer users.

Daffodils in Lyon's main park.

Daffodils in Lyon’s main park.

The English Space is now based on Bootstrap and is more responsive to screen size than ever before. Through our visitor analytics we noticed that the average screen size is surprisingly small and this change should help those visitors.

The English Space continues to grow and attracts an amazing number of people each month.

A Hint of Spring

First spring flowers poke through the grass

First spring flowers poke through the grass

The first spring bulbs are starting to appear in the Parc de la Tete d’Or.