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“Couer d’or” is actually the name of my rowing boat (single scull). It means ‘heart of gold’ in french, but means many things to me. Couer means ‘heart’ and is the root of the word courage. The “Heart of Gold” is a spaceship in the book “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (Douglas Adams) with an Infinite Improbability Drive (which works on the premise that if you can calculate the probability of something, no matter how improbably, you can make it happen). ‘or’ is a play on words with ‘oar’ (rowing), and ‘ore’ (mining) and the obvious meaning ‘gold’. It’s about having strength of heart and courage to strive for improbable things.

This blog will be about rowing, hiking, my dog, plans for my house, engineering and anything else that excites me or just makes me happy.




  1. Jesse says:

    How are you doing these days with the post viral fatigue?

    • Helen says:

      OK, but not fantastic. It has completely gone away for large periods, with a couple of major relapses, but at the moment I just feel like I’m a bit tired all the time. It’s hard to tell how much of that is just because I’m now rather unfit (and also a bit stressed), but every now and then I am certain there is a fatigue element. I’m also pretty sure that if I embarked on a major training regime (exercise-wise) I wouldn’t be able to do it. That’s pretty annoying, and can be a bit depressing, but I’m trying really hard to keep doing what I can do and keep believing that I will be able to do more in the future, either by feeling better or finding a better pathway/training program/strategy to do what I want to do. It’s a combination of re-evaluating what I can do and trying not to let it crush my dreams at the same time!

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