Let it Snow

more snow

We woke up this morning to more snow, and then it started snowing like it meant it

What better time for a bike ride?

sheep in snow

I’m sure you’re all bored of me banging on about my new tyres (and believe me, it’s not just you – I’ve told half the village, my writers’ group and pretty much anyone else who was passing and wasn’t able to get away) but, actual bikes aside, I can’t think of a single thing I’ve bought in recent years that I’ve been quite as pleased with. It will take a few years before the tyres can justify themselves in financial terms but in human happiness terms they’ve already paid me back tenfold – and that’s after subtracting the negative effect of everyone I’ve bored rigid extolling their virtues. The last three winters have left me feeling trapped and grumpy whenever I couldn’t ride my bike but this morning, rolling along on the fresh snow, watching a raven doing aerial battle with a buzzard, totally alone apart from a few uncomprehending sheep, I felt invincible (possibly too invincible as I forgot to look out for potholes on one nasty bit of road – but even then, the bike handled fine and I was able to stay upright despite ending up on a crusty pile of ice and snow). The hardest part was getting going after stopping to take pictures – my tyres might be surefooted, but my boots don’t have enough grip to push myself off on the snow.

more snow falling

There’s more snow now – it’s snowed all day and probably even I wouldn’t want to be cycling on the roads at the moment until the cars have had a chance to compact it down a bit. The thaw is forecast to start tomorrow, but even if it doesn’t and it freezes and compacts and hangs around for weeks, I’m just happy to know I will still be able to ride my bike…

8 Responses to Let it Snow

  1. John Gibson says:

    More nice pictures. I am thinking about getting some of these tyres, if I do, my wife will have the task of giving them a trial. She does far more cycling then me so it’s only fair.

  2. Charles says:

    There is nothing like buying something for a particular purpose and finding that it does what it says on the tin. My favourite is Jeyes fluid, I had to unblock the drains prior to my 50th birthday and Jeyes fluid rendered everything spotless. Do not tell the guests that the gloves I used to unblock the drains were later used on the bar b q. No one died so once again Jeyes fluid came to the rescue….

  3. Jo says:

    New tyres? That can cope with snow, ice and whatever else the winter throws your way? Did I miss something? You never said…

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  5. disgruntled says:

    @Charles – true … though I think I got the better end of the bargain there…
    @John – be interested to see what your wife thinks.
    @Jo – really? I feel sure I must have mentioned it one or two times in the past week…

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  7. babymother says:

    Those sheep are so picture-skew in the snow… What breed are they? Print out your photos for next year’s Christmas cards, that’s what I say.

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