7 August 2016

New wheels for the weekend

For what seems like forever my husband has been trying to get me on a bicycle.  I have one, but its getting on a bit (like me) and only has 3 gears, not great when you are trying to keep up with someone who has 24!!  It creaks and clunks (again a bit like me), its days were numbered.

Peter and Rachel have done numerous cycle races, and I think Peter is missing his riding buddy now that Rachel is otherwise engaged with young Gus. I have been going out on Rachel's old bike and have to admit I quite enjoy it, more gears definitely make life easier.  I actually think the promise of coffee and cake at Tom's is the draw rather the the cycling.

Anyway, I decided that if I was going to try this cycling lark seriously I would need a new bicycle.  I wanted something vintage (pretty) looking rather than a road bike.  We found the Bobbin Brownie which fitted the bill and wasn't too expensive compared to the Pashley bikes.  Mine is in colourway Blueberry, and Peter has fitted it with my old bike basket.  I am thinking of adding a basket on the back, and plan to pretty the whole thing up with so knitted accessories!! As Rebecca says its very Instagrammable, I can see it with the basket overflowing with yummy yarn or bunches of flowers, french sticks and bottles of wine, you know anything to make an interesting shot.

I have been beavering away on my cardigan, currently have the body cast off and the left front band knitted.

The garden has needed some attention, we have had some really windy weather and that has wreaked havoc on the buddleias which have had to be cut right down. Lots of dead-heading and general tidying. With the hot weather the grass isn't growing much so that has been one less thing for Peter to do. What veggies we have managed to grow are coming along slowly, really is a waste of time and effort. We do however have a crop of Stinkhorn (Clathrus ruber) fungus, and boy do they stink!!!

The 2 of new girls have started laying so we have plenty of eggs these days. They are fairly skittish still not wanting to be touched unlike Scruffy who is happy to be picked up.  They are getting better though and like to come up to the house whenever they can.

I hope you have all had a good weekend and are ready for another week.


  1. That Bicycle! Oh how fun. Lots of good adventures to come for sure. And yes, I agree with R....very instagramable :)

  2. Pretty bike, gorgeous flowers, and pretty neat chickens too! Everything looks like it's going well. I like the border design on your sweater.

  3. What a wonderful bike! And I love how the colour has a name just like yarn colourways do. Your sweater is going to be ready just in time for cooler weather. I'm guessing it will become a much loved item in your wardrobe. If it ends up not fitting I'll happily take it. Ha! :-)

  4. The Bicycle looks wonderful and definitely think you could fill that basket up with lots of goodies and get some great photographs.
    You've got a colourful garden and some very happy chickens too!


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