Category: holiday

christmas tradition

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Like many, we have our traditions for christmas, only buying a certain foods to eat over the festive break which we don’t eat at any other time of year, I know Clive at Massive MTBer cooks a special ham for christmas. One of our christmas tradition is christmas day is a family day so the doors are locked at bedtime christmas eve and we don’t venture out of them till boxing day morning, we don’t visit family or friends we don’t go for walks or go down to the pub. I can remember when I was younger, if you saw somebody go past your house on christmas day it was a rarity, now a days the pedestrian and motor traffic past our house makes it seem like any other day.

Free ClipartOne christmas tradition that I have recently started is falling of my bike on my christmas eve ride. Having got up really early and out to the supermarket for the fresh food shop and all the remaining shopping bits we were back home and finished by 9:30am. With only the family present delivery and collection to do I opted to go for a ride this morning, decided to ride the local heath again. Well the condition were much the same as they were last Saturday, sunny and cold. One thing that was different was the ice! where the snow had been trampled under foot it was now a sheet of ice, several inches thick, where the snow had started to melt, it was frozen solid ice complete with frozen foot prints and tyre tracks. In fact the only bits that were not ice was the snow under the trees or on the heather. It was a nightmare, I fell off and bashed my knee (which now seems to be the tradition on my christmas eve ride), in the end I had to give up and walk out of one section of the heath as I could not go further than 2 meters without the front wheel sliding away underneath me. Lets hope the thaw starts soon and I can start moaning about the mud fest……………..

As the big days approaches my thanks go to all my fellow blog writers and readers for your encouragement these past 12 months, your input has certainly helped.

It just leave me to wish you all a very merry christmas

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back to normal tomorrow

Spent the past week switching the alarm clock off when it has burst into live (normally 6 Live radio) but tomorrow I need to remember to get up or at least think about getting up, holiday is over, it is back to work and I am not looking forward to it.

With my wrist is still painful so I decided not to go for a ride this morning. The Ibuprofen I have been taking seems to have taken affect and the pain is not to bad at the moment, hopefully I will be able get out mid week on a night ride so I can test my new light out.

Went out for a walk yesterday afternoon, decided to check out a bit of forest I don’t normally ride round, turned out to be a bit shorter than I expected a, but I may well give it a try at some stage. While I was I remembered that a while ago I promised to post more photogrpahs so here are a couple of photo’s of one of the paths I ride in Hurn forest

hurn forest track
Just after the gulley drop

hurn forest track
next section along which becomes a large mud pool as the winter progresses

The land on the right of the track (you can just make out the fence post in the first photo) is MOD land and I noticed yesterday new signs had popped up stating that it was tick infested, apparently you have to wear bright coloured clothing and tuck your trousers into your socks!!

Today we went for a walk round the local park, nothing exciting apart from the narrow gauge railway that runs around the duck lake, they had two trains running one of which was a steam train

The other train was a diesel engine job which is probably older than the real train it is modelled on.

Now call me cynical but if you place sign up all around the park requesting that you don’t feed the Canada Geese, why was duck feed being sold at the railway station?? It is not as though you can selectively feed the ducks and not the geese. As soon as the birds spot you have food, you are under siege, those geese don’t care what they peck if you have food in your hands. Trust my I have seen parent pick up their scream terrified kids and run from the throng of geese, ducks, pigeons and seagull, not a happy experience for kids.

This grumpy duck (I think it is a Muscovy Duck) was not interested is chasing food, it just sat there under a bush trying to sleep until somebody came along and pointed a camera at it

Grumpy Duck

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who nicked my holiday?

Normally on a Friday night I relaxing and looking forward to the weekend but this is the last day of my holiday, in just two days and I am back to work, who nicked my holiday? Where has my planned weeks gone, the two ride I intended to do, one of them over the Purbeck Hills, the bike rebuild which is still a pile of bits (ok I am still waiting for the bearings), a night ride to test my new light, all fading ideas in my mind.

I had planned to go for a ride tonight to test my new light, I had spent the day on a shed roof, laying new felt on it. Then it was of to do the weekly shopping which meant were were home by early evening, ideal timing to get ready for my first night ride. Unfortunately mother nature decide to rain on my parade (literally), it is unnerving enough going for your first night ride without having to do it in the rain.

I can’t vouch for others but it is strange that two other (cycling based) blog’s I read are also writing about the dark clouds in there mind. Maybe we are all just SAD, all I know is I have felt better and I am not looking forward to the coming weeks.

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