Open Thinkering


Weeknote 31/2023

Looking up at the blue sky through green leaves

While I may well have said last week that I’d post a compilation weeknote after walking The Pennine Way with my son, said walk is now off. This is for a number of reasons, but the most salient are: I’d rather do it when the weather is a bit cooler, and I’d like to actually relax when I take time off for once in my life.

Team Belshaw is currently in Devon staying in the friend of a friend’s house who happens to also be the stepmother of the wife of someone I used to know. It’s a small, confusing world. We’re here visiting Hannah‘s sister and family for the week before heading home next weekend.

Last week we were in The Netherlands staying at a Center Parcs there. Having never been to one before, I wasn’t sure if I’d hate it or love it. It ended up being the latter: it’s very much set up for families like ours. Of course, I came off one of the mountain bikes we hired while racing my son back to our accommodation. A few scratches and bruises, but I’m OK 🤠

I’ve been reading while away and have finished Cultish by Amanda Montell and Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin. I gave up on Revolutions in Reverse by Dave Graeber, and am currently reading Lord Emsworth and Others by P.G. Wodehouse, The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith, and re-reading Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield.

I’m posting the occasional photo to my Pixelfed account while I’m away, but avoiding the usual places I interact via social networks. Sometimes the best thing to do is as little as possible and to tell as few people as you can about it.

Photo taken while we were at Center Parcs.

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