Monday, 10 August 2020

A good start to the week

 One wash done and dried before we went out, and the car delivered to our local village garage.

As the weather is was still warm and dry, out on our bikes to post the latest eBay sale and test ride his new bike.

A few teething problems but nothing insurmountable and nothing to stop our ride. 

A detour on the way home to check a length of hedge on a quiet road that usually yields a good haul of brambles. Not ready yet! A meander through the lanes until we found a good patch of brambles, yielding a pound and a half plus a good amount of rosehips. 


Two boxes fit neatly in my pannier bag.

Lunch done and pirate has put his feet up for a siesta. 

The car's brakes are good again and we have a quote to clean and stone proof the underside. That can wait until next month and hopefully we can sell enough bike bits to fund that! It should keep the car going well for another couple of years at least. 

Now the next batch of washing is ready to go on the line, and the weather still looks good for drying. We have a thunderstorms weather warning, but no sign of them yet. 

Two jobs to do, list more on eBay and sow some vege seeds!


It sounds like a busy busy day, but it is surprising how much you can achieve at a steady pace.

As grandma said "the hurried I go, the behinder I get"!!

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Easy Sunday

 Finishing the build of the Allen gravel bike


Needs different wheels..but it is done!

Garden supper, adding mushrooms to the onion and garlic, steaming the veges and adding cheese and oatcakes to serve. Nice and easy!

Saturday outing

 Yesterday we combined a few things..collecting and paying and seeing friends off from the southern end of the West Highland Way in Milngavie ( say Mull-gy..rhyme with fly)..they could then say that they had done it all!

Then we headed for Balnaha at the southeastern end of Loch Lomond.

It was, even at ten a.m., heaving with tourists..we thought to investigate the road further north to see if it would be worth a bike ride some other day, but after a couple of miles found a safe place to turn and return. Despite it being a narrow lane there were large Chelsea Tractors and camper vans charging up it. Passing back through Balmaha, all the car parking and overflow parking was full and yet traffic was streaming in along the four miles to the main road.

Next stop we had a bill to pay at a bike shop at the foot of the Campsite Hills..and good coffee and craic! Then over the Crow Road to Fintry, a fairly large village with a good sports centre. Good toilets and a cafe in the centre, and I should think invaluable in the winter as sometimes they get snowed in.

We had a rough map to follow, from our friend in the bike shop, and we set off towards Kippen..we didn't find the lane so just went to where we started dropping down the hill into Kippen and retraced!








The pointy hill just left of centre is Ben Lomond.

Back through Glasgow then one supermarket shop for a bag full of reduced items and home for supper!


Then from my study ..a peachy apricot sunset, matched by the same colours before the sunrise a mere six hours later!

Friday, 7 August 2020

Sunset tonight




 there are sights like this all over the British isles...Saharan dust? Unsurprisingly there are thunderstorm warnings for the end of the weekend

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Life goes on


For a few days we have been seeing even less than this from my study window!I looked through the photos I have been taking, and it is nearly all bike bits to go on eBay!Fresco commented on fb that she like the photos, just as images..well they are pretty shiny bits!





(Yes, there is a link, above the label list.. haven't worked out how to add a better one yet!)There are a few shots of pots..



The cotton reel, a universal measure for size!!Today it is quiet and sunny, there are two full loads of washing on the line, and I am sitting here waiting for Indesit to phone me back...parts ordered on 25 July,due for delivery by last Monday, still haven't arrived.  At least a new door latch kept it working, but the awaited motor brushes will have it working quicker, so using less power.They just phoned back...if the person who phoned is present , press one...so we do...and they repeat the message...press one as instructed..but it doesn't recognize it..You have reached the maximum number of attempts..back down the snake to the bottom of the ladder..looks like you have no choice but to chase things up online.On the health front Pirate is waiting for an urgent MRI scan, having been told in mid July that he was on the list ....when he phoned up, he wasn't on the list...Check with the doctor on Monday, she obviously kicked their wastepaper basket around and yesterday we received first class an appointment for CT scan which he was on the urgent list for...the date will be 27 August.  Full marks to our doctor.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Long day out

We were off in the car by nine, not just bikes, lunch and kit packed, but coffee, bananas, nibbles, towels .....
A hundred mile drive to Tyndrum where we were to liaise with a group of friends who were riding the West Highland Way, a route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders from Fort William to Glasgow.
After some miserable chilly and mainly wet weather we are were glad to see a forecast of a pleasant dry day, hopefully not too hot for the riders.
We arrived with time to spare and had time for a cup of coffee while we waited.  
They arrived before too long, but had had a few mechanicals, punctures and were one man down with a dislocated finger and broken brake lever...luckily not too far from Fort William. The ride so far had taken them much longer than expected, due to a steady headwind..so they called it a day!
We supplied rubdowns where needed, bananas and coffee, before having our lunch. 
Our friends had parked one car in Tyndrum, and loaded it with bikes and bodies to return to the campsite in Fort William for showers and much-needed rest!!  The other half of the Way will have to wait.
We drove five miles up the road, turned off and found a safe place to park.
A few photos first before heading down Glen Orchy on a beautiful single track road.



Off down the road, with a head wind... hopefully a tailwind back!



Then a surprise..we met a friend who we haven't seen for two years! He is a cyclist and an artist and teaches at the Glasgow School of Art..as does his partner whom we met for the first time. They were having a walking and swimming holiday in their nice old campervan.
On and on by the river down Glen Orchy, wondering do we turn back soon as we have to come back up this lot!
Then before we knew it we were almost at the main road to Oban and it was time to turn and retrace our wheeltracks.

Our hearts sank as the wind was in our faces, unexpectedly and it began to rain lightly. However as it was quite warm it was welcome, cooled us down and dried as soon as it landed!
I only walked a short section of one hill...but that energised my legs and onwards and upwards..
And back to the car after twenty miles!!
A quick change ,a bite to eat then escape from the midges and head for home.
Unfortunately that was the idea of a great many others and by the time we were halfway down Loch Lomond at Luss we were in a traffic jam, first and second gear, creep a few lengths then stop..for an hour..and then it rained heavily, with added thunder and lightning!!
We thought that it must be due to an accident..but when we arrived at the roundabout where the road goes to a dual carriageway..no jam!! Simply excess traffic flow.
Another fifty miles and we were home by 9.30. Tired but satisfied.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Busy..but not as intended

It rained again, so we got busy, Pirate on his new bike build..going steadily...and after collecting a new (to me)chest of drawers I got most of my knitting and sewing into them.
I say most...there are still three boxes of cloth stash and mending on top..and a jumper waiting to be finished on top of a dresser!
Then it was the turn of the study, as my friend who runs the secondhand emporium had managed to find a book press for me...and £30 less than I had feared I would have to pay.
Still not cheap...but I am looking forward to printing with less strain on my hands.
Still everything stacked up but more organised and two useable tables.
Then as the bats flew outside, a plane flew into Prestwick Airport, and the sun set, and I could catch a glimpse of Goat Fell on Aran between the houses.

I had intended to bake today...as it was , it was home style fast food all day! Lunch came from garden, freezer and larder and supper from garden,salad,  eggs from a neighbour and cooked potatoes. No point in making extra work.