Test ride

Today’s guest picture is a triumph of patient gardening.  Mike and Alison Tinker have been tending a kowhai plant (a New Zealand native) for twelve years and this year it has finally flowered.  Alison took the picture and Mike sent it to me. I leapt out of bed, had breakfast, dashed on my cycling gear….andContinue reading “Test ride”

Cold news

Today’s guest picture is another from Mike and Alison’s NZ holiday and shows the very pretty kowhai, generally regarded  as New Zealand’s national flower.. In spite of the many and much appreciated good wishes from correspondents, my cold was a lot worse this morning and I had to struggle to get out of bed atContinue reading “Cold news”