Na'Lon (na_lon) wrote,

Cancellations galore... and unplanned delights

After work on Mondays, the Marquis and I sometimes like to go and play badminton. Today, however, nobody else wanted to go. So we decided just to have a wee practice together. Except that the court hadn't been book, or so it turned out. So we wandered home.

There, the Marquis sorted out light brackets for our new bikes, and after a quick dinner, we cycled to the gym to get to our Pilates class, only to find that it had been cancelled. Hm...

Seeing as we suddenly had a lot of time to go and play in, we decided to inaugurate the bicycles. The weather was lovely, sunny and not too windy and what with it being the longest day of the year we didn't need our lights at all. We did a fair bit of cycling on some quiet back roads and then went off road and along the river, first in one direction, then across a bridge and back the other way to take us back towards home.

It was a really nice ride, but I hadn't cycled in so long, I kept worrying about losing my balance and falling over. At one point, when I was trying to cycle up a bank, I started to slide back down the hill, which was somewhat disconcerting, but luckily I managed to stop nettle-covered disaster in its tracks. :-) The Marquis roared like a drain as I waddled up the slope, pushing the bicycle between my legs.

But now, safely back at home, my buttocks hurt. I don't even what to think about how they'll feel tomorrow...


In other news, we bought a pair of binoculars at Aldi on Saturday -- they were only £7. I'm really pleased with them, because now I can actually see the seagull chick on the corrugated roof across from our house. They are very cute grey fluffy things.

Now I just need to get in the habit of dragging the bins around with me, in case I see that raven again that has been hanging around our area.

Have a happy solstice (as jane_somebody puts it...)
Tags: bicycles, travel, weather, wildlife
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