Ain’t no Cure for the Summertime Blues

“These are the days we dream about all winter” I said as I pedalled homewards with a pal from the last day of Buddies’ bike extravaganza. For the sun had come out, the wind had dropped, and I was light of heart, if not exactly of bike

(look, when it comes to charity-shop shopping, she who hesitates is lost).

“Never mind all that,” my companion replied, for she is truly a person after my own heart – “can we just stop and take a photograph of where the pipeline went in?”

flowers along pipeline route

The grass may long since have grown up over the pipeline route, but the flowers give it away…

I had stuff to do after a day spent gallivanting around the roads with our cavalcade of curious cycles, and I will likely regret not spending this afternoon and evening doing it, but when I got home it was sandals weather for the first time all year, and the other half had fired up the barbecue. If we can’t down tools on occasion and waste a few hours just enjoying the garden, why do we bother having one?

daisies in garden

For these really are the days we dream about all winter and we need to make the most of them when they arrive.

6 Responses to Ain’t no Cure for the Summertime Blues

  1. Andy in Germany says:

    I’ve been known to pick up things like 24 loo rolls on a 40k bike ride, just because I was passing the shop and I knew we needed them.

    Just think what you could being back if you used a Bakfiets…

  2. disgruntled says:

    That right there is a reason for not getting one! Especially given our hill …

  3. charles says:

    Monday in Edinburgh officially counted as wet but Wednesday and Thursday in Moffat were officially sunny. Yesterday we walked up Broad Law and I was in shirtsleeves. In 30 years of walking in Scotland this has only happened twice before. Oddly not seen any deer around here but lots of hares, dippers and Kingfishers on the Annan.

    I bought a special cycle rucksack from a cheap German retailer as I was tired of my old one sliding off. The problem is that it’s very good so if I fill the pannier and the sack I too have hissy (or at least wheezy ) fits when I get to a hill. Fortunately Somerset is not as hilly as Dumfries and Galloway, but we have more than you might think.

  4. disgruntled says:

    You’ve timed your visit well. Although normal weather service does seem to have resumed

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