Thursday, 15 January 2015

So.....What have I kept..?

Following my last post.... Peter Roberts of thediaryofmybike blog... left a comment saying that he would be interested to hear of the items that I had decided to keep.....
Good idea for a post I thought......


My Madonna del Ghisallo medallion ...an item kept!
One of the smaller items that I kept.... was the medallion that I collected from the museum next to the little chapel of the Madonna del Ghisallo... at the end of my ten countries in ten days ride in 2013.
I felt that so much effort was put into completing the route and in some ways it was a pinnacle of my longer cycling rides that I just couldn't part with it...

I have kept all three of my bikes....each bike has different characteristics...I couldn't choose between them so I have kept all three....

My Akto and Nallo3 GT Hilleburg tents have been kept....the Akto for any backpacking I might do and the Nallo for cycle touring....
Most of my lightweight backpacking kit/equipment has also been kept....

Cycling and outdoors clothing has been kept...although I have been ruthless in sorting it all out and only keeping my favourite items...items that I actually wear.
I was surprised at the number of things that I had spent a lot of money on, but have hardly ever worn....
I have kept a few of my more 'normal' casual clothes but again I have been really tough with the thinning out of the numbers....

In a smarter looking vein...I have kept my best suit..black shoes etc... for weddings and funeral wear although I seem to attend more of the latter these days.

One of the very few books that I have retained is a book called 'Gems of Dharma, Jewels of Freedom'... This is the classic handbook of mahayana Buddhism by the 12th century Tibetan bodhisattva... Je Gampopa. 
My copy is a translation from the Tibetan by Ken and Katia Holmes according to the detailed explanations traditional to the Karma Kagu Lineage...
I think that this is a book that just wouldn't seem the same in digital form only....

I have also kept a small (4cm) tall statue of the Buddha which sits in a tiny wooden box... Of huge sentimental and religious significance for me.

All my Leica cameras have gone.....apart from the camera on my smart phone the only camera that I have kept is my Fujifilm X-Pro1.
Since making the transfer over to digital imaging this is the camera that I love using the most....
Hopefully I will get to use it a lot more on our upcoming travel adventures....

Obviously there are other things that I have  retained... but I think that the above lists the most significant for me....these are items that reflect what I enjoy doing....my interests.... and what is important in my life..........

3 comments:

Chandra said...

Hi Trevor,
Nice to see your three 2015 posts. Somehow, I missed the others from this year. My lack of presence, shall we say?

Glad to note you are keeping some of the things you really think you need and getting rid of many things. That's a great thing to do. Glad you kept the Mahayana Buddhism book!

I may cross this very road someday, or at least hope to have the fortune of the same. I will remember this post, if and when I do.

Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with all of us.

Peace :)

Steve A said...

Did you keep any of the Leica lenses to use with the Fuji? I've been tempted by the X-E2 myself - my old S7000 takes great pictures.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Chandra*
I hope you manage to cross the road someday... :-)

*Steve A*
No ..all the Leica lenses have gone too Steve...I am now all Fuji.
My favourite all round Fuji lens is the Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8 RLM OIS (35mm equivalent 27mm-84mm)
This lens has had some very good
reviews and is a joy to use....