Hair Cut

The cherry tree
has had a hair cut.

Now it looks as forlorn
as a newly shorn sheep.

But when the Spring comes
with its new leaves and blossom
the scars will be forgotten.

Snowfall

All day long the snow fell.
Over night
the blanket of white
survived the freezing weather.
But now the sky is clear
and bright
and slowly, oh so slowly
the snow begins to melt.

Morning Frost

When morning frost has gone
and I hear birds sing for Spring
my heart joins the song.

Saddle Troubles

As many of you know, my husband loves to restore classic bicycles. We have several of them between us and use them for classic cycling events. He occasionally helps out at a local bike charity where they know of his interest, so if they get a classic bike in that is too good to scrap but they haven’t got the time or skill to do the necessary work hubby receives a phone call and more often than not, if it looks like coming good, he negotiates a fair price and brings the bike home to restore. Sometimes he even sells one on if it doesn’t suit either of us; perhaps it is too big or too small, or maybe he has just found a better one.

In November he picked up two rare, quality bikes from the charity. One, a Mercian, didn’t need a great deal of restoration and he has kept for himself. The other was just a frame in need of rather more attention but it was a small, well made, lightweight racing bike, an A.C.S. Paramount, which he thought would do for me. He has since restored it and presented it to me as part of my Christmas present.

Ready to ride

Ready to ride

If I’m honest I didn’t really want yet another bike, but it does look rather nice. However, due to the weather I hadn’t had the opportunity to try it out in the days after Christmas as it only has skinny road racing tyres, but I managed to get out on it for the first time last Sunday. We did just under 16 miles and I have to say it is a lovely bike to ride (yes, he has managed to fit some lightweight mudguards!) but the nice looking suede saddle hubby had fitted left a lot to be desired in the comfort department.

Back home he offered to swap the saddle for a new one he had bought for himself, tried and found didn’t suit him. He thought it might suit me better. I agreed to give it a try so on Monday out we went again for a 14 mile jaunt. I have to say the saddle was an improvement but I will need to try it again a few times to be sure as I was still a little sore in the nether regions from the day before!

I don’t suppose it will be bliss – in my experience there is no such thing as a really comfortable bicycle saddle. The best one I have is on the touring tandem, but then you really do need a comfortable saddle for touring. All my others are uncomfortable to some degree, depending on the length of the ride; you just learn to put up with it.

Buying saddles is also fraught with problems as you don’t know whether or not a saddle will do until you try it and you could end up buying several before you find one you like! I have thought of wearing padded underwear under my padded shorts/tights but am a bit worried that my ‘bum will look big’. Oh, the joys (and the vanity) of cycling!

Close Encounters

Close
encounters of
the lorry kind
out on our bikes
today!

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It is amazing how many drivers just do not get the message – today it was a lorry driver but we often have the problem with cars as well. When will they learn closes passes are not acceptable, the requirement is to leave a 1.5 meter space. It’s not as if anything was coming the other way to cause a problem, and if there had been then the overtaking driver should wait until safe to pass.

Comfort Eating

Comfort
eating on
a miserable day
with nowhere to go;
chocolate.

Yarn

Yarn
has arrived
sooner than expected,
colours better than expected.
Happy!

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I am planning to crochet a couple of lap blankets for our motorhome. I gave my husband the choice of design and colour for his one and he chose a simple pattern in two colours – beige and cream, to blend with the motorhome interior.

Yarn manufacturers don’t sell yarn in simple terms such as beige and cream, oh no, they have to give their yarn fancy names. I struggled to find what I wanted and as I mentioned in a previous post I was a bit wary of the colours shown on screen (shopping in person being a no-go area at the moment) but eventually settled on Camel and Parchment. The Parchment was the one I was most concerned about as it just looked off-white on the screen. The yarn package arrived today – the Parchment is a nice warm creamy beige and the Camel is a lovely honey colour, much warmer and not as stark as I had feared, they go well together and I’m happy.

The only problem now is that, having not expected the yarn to arrive for another week and feeling the need to do some crochet, I have started on a different project. Oh well, it shouldn’t take too long to do and there is no hurry – we’re not planning any motorhome trips any time soon!

Regardless

Whatever life throws at us
Nature carries on regardless.
She knows when the seasons turn
and now the snow has gone,
in the rockery I find
new buds on a primrose, while
in the lawn the first few tips
of snowdrops show.

Shopping Online

Shopping online is such a chore,
so hard to to find what you’re looking for.
Is that the right colour? You’re never sure.
So much better to go to a store
and see it before you buy it!

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I’ve been trying to buy some yarn online for my next crochet project. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is! Trying to find a site that has the colours I want in stock at a reasonable price and sensible delivery period is a major hurdle. I only need two colours but many of the sites I’ve looked at have one and not the other. Then you can never be sure that the colours displayed are really representative of the colours themselves – will it be what you expect when it finally arrives?

I have finally ordered some from Ebay (which I was hoping to avoid using). I much prefer to go to an actual shop and see what I’m buying but with yet another lockdown and doing my best to stay isolated this is not possible. It is supposed to be a lockdown project so it will just have to do when it arrives in about two weeks time – I’m itching to get started but I’ll just have to be patient.

Thoughts

How bare it looks now,
Christmas decorations gone.
Thoughts of spring cleaning.

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