No pedalling today as we had Mrs Tootlepedal’s brother and wife staying overnight which was a great treat and then we had a compost day at the house.
A visiting expert from Moffat brought a wormery and a raft of information, a neighbour brought his shredder and we had several different compost bins and a sieve to show. The first two hours were very good with interested visitors but the last two hours were very dull because nobody came at all.
After a morning spent writing, printing, laminating and distributing posters for our garden compost day on Saturday, I was able to pop out for a nice ride across the Langholm Moor to Newcastleton and then down to Canonbie and back up the old A7 (27 miles). Tonight I will make my usual expedition to the Archive Centre for a little light archiving with Sandy and Jean, followed by a visit to the pub (for research purposes only of course).
Today was another busy day what with this and that. I went out for a relaxed ride round Canonbie, Gretna, Middlebie and Callister (38 miles in total) which had the benefit of a tremendous following wind for the last 18 miles. I did the last six miles from the top of Callister Hill at well over 20mph average.
However while I was doing this and that, Mrs Tootlepedal, who wishes to remain anonymous, was on a magnificent bargain hunt for a dress for a forthcoming wedding. So successful was her trawl through the neighbouring retail outlets that she came home with not one but three new dresses, one of which is pictured here.
While I was pedalling, I spent a few miles chatting to a young fellow who was cycling from Meopham in Kent to Ben Nevis. I was able to say to him, “I’ve been there” with regard to both places.
In the evening, Roy and Susan came to practise a trio for two tenors and bass which we are playing at our forthcoming concert with a singer. I just hope we get to practise with the singer before the concert. Either she’ll have to get used to singing below pitch or we’ll have to blow like anything as we are usually quite a bit flat due to playing with great taste.
I went with Mrs Tootlepedal to Port Carlisle where we had a good lunch (fish and chips/fish cakes). Then we cycled 21 miles round the Solway coast in lovely weather with a usefully cooling breeze. Interestingly enough, the large radio station which is on the coast prevented my cycle computer, which is a wireless one, from working while we were near it.
Back home to water the veg and practice tootling for a concert in Lanercost in a fortnight.
I had a more interesting day today as I cycled exactly 100 miles in a round trip from Langholm via Penrith, Langwathby, Hartside Fell, Brampton and home. This takes you over a good lump of hill at just below 2000ft. However the gradient is brilliantly engineered and it is possible to pedal the final four miles to the summit at a steady speed without jiggering yourself. And then to round a very nice day off, I went to the Archive Centre (www.langholmarchive.com) with Sandy and Jean and finished up with two pints of Deuchars at the Douglas.
This is my first post on the blog so excuse me if it is rather dull. I went for a bike ride yesterday. I am going for another ride tomorrow. Yesterday I went for a recorder practice with the group I play with. Life goes on.