Moved!

After a long time of not blogging, I’ve packed up my suitcase and moved on. To what will hopefully be a more long-lived blog. letusbegin.net See you there?

Up into the ‘downs

Up into the 'downs
On Monday morning, a friend and I set out on our bikes in the sun to test a new-to-us coffee stop, Barleymow’s Farm Shop near Chard. We’ve entered a cycle challenge in April, the Exmoor Beauty, so as part of my “training”, I’d decided on a hilly route, completely ignoring the friendly canal paths and ...

If you’d told me then…

If you'd told me then...
Today marks two years since my entry into the strange but wonderful world of cycling, where “cranks” and “bar ends” have a different meaning from my long-distant student days which was the last time I owned a bike – though I’m not convinced that free wheeling down the hill to uni and then drunkenly pushing ...

Whatever the weather?

Whatever the weather?
This is a strange feeling, sitting at home at lunchtime on a Saturday instead of being Out There with my cycle club, but things have been a bit sporadic over the last few weeks, what with Christmas and the small matter of not being able to tell where rivers end and roads begin. Things were ...

Muddy Christmas!

Muddy Christmas!
I took the dog for a walk up through the woods to the Common this morning. We left under a bright blue sky that predictably turned grey and heavy before we’d even crossed the field to get to the footpath, and then started leaking not long after that. I was expecting to see lots of ...

Bleak midwinter?

Bleak midwinter?
I’ve lost count, but here in the south west, we’re facing our umpteenth lot of flood waters this year. Sitting here, listening to the oh-so familiar sound of the rain lashing against the roof and windows, I find it hard to believe that March was so hot I almost considered swimming in the sea. Almost… ...

Tenth month

Tenth month
Wikipedia tells me that December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar until some blah blah blah happened and it got bumped down to twelfth, although it kept its name, decem being Latin for ten. Also (and this is much more interesting) December starts on the same day of the week as September every ...

A new way to ride an old route

A new way to ride an old route
One of the things I love the most about cycling (as you’d expect, speeding downhill is in the number one spot!) is the opportunity it presents to explore the local area. For once, yesterday dawned bright and blue-skied, so once I’d walked the dog, I dug out the OS map and sat down with a ...

Run, rabbit!

Run, rabbit!
Snipe surprised us both on our walk this afternoon by catching a rabbit. Poor thing was bleeding heavily and squealing in shock, fear and pain so I took it off Madam, who was bouncing around feeling very pleased with herself but unsure of what to do next, and quickly dispatched it. I suspect it was ...

The rain in Spain …

The rain in Spain ...
…is falling here, not there! And there’s a lot of it. *grump* Still, can’t complain (too much) as I participated in three organised bike rides over the weekend and they weren’t just dry but the two on Saturday were warm and sunny! On the other hand … I’ve done a quick calculation and there’s no ...