The day started off very wet and then got a good deal worse. When I took the picture on the right, even to go as far as the car would have left me drenched. It was hailing and thundering. This prevented any thought of a morning ride. I took off the back wheel and hub gear of my heavy bike to take into Carlisle to get the gears serviced and I was intending to pick my other road bike up from the bike shop. However, when I got there, I found that they hadn’t been able to fix the mysterious noise. I had to leave that bike still in the shop while they tried plan B. This meant I had no bike to ride and to add insult to injury, by the time I got home the sun came out and it was a beautiful evening.
Our B&B visitors today are doing a three day trip from Shrewsbury to Edinburgh averaging over 100 miles a day. They had had a thorough soaking during the day but they were very cheerful none the less. Oh to be young again. Going to the shop was enough for me.
I took this picture of a fuschia, which took a terrible drubbing from the frost and snow during the winter but which miraculously recovered to show some growth and these potential flowers. The question is; will it make it to the actual flowering stage before the autumn frosts start and make all the poor plant’s efforts come to naught? I will let you know in due course.