November 15, 2015 by welshcyclist
It’s been a long time now, but posting to my blog became a bit stale for me. Cycle commuting, as I do, to and from work, with only one feasible route, means I don’t get to see a lot. Especially now, that autumn is with us, and winter literally round the corner, all I see is the path ahead, that my lights outline for me. Whoops, I do, occasionally, see the odd owl, as it sweeps silently across the road just above me, plenty of rabbits, feeding at the road sides, a fox scurrying at my approach, or perhaps a badger snuffling along the hedgerows. Yes, I know I am so lucky to hear and see these sights, even only occasionally, as I wend my way up and down the B4242.
Even the pictures, I sometimes take, tend to be much the same, the same waterfalls, the same canal scenes and so on. Sadly, I am far too slow to catch, these wildlife scenes that open up before me, as I pedal. Oh, how I wish I had the skills other bloggers have, such as Tootlepedal, Lovely Bicycle and many more, who while blogging everyday, never fail to bring a freshness to each post. Always interesting and inviting. With photgraphs to match
You may ask, what caused me now to attempt this post?
An email that arrived in my inbox today. It was a reminder that “Tim’s cycling blog” had a new post. I haven’t seen a post from Tim for it seems ages, so I went over and had a peep. I liked it that Tim and I have something in common, we commute by bicycle, but do not like the maintenance nitty gritty side of it.
He had actually cleaned his “Bluebell”, for the second time this year, a record for him. I commented that my “Betty” had had only one deep clean so far this year, though I occasionally use a brush and wet rag on her to stop her becoming a disgrace to be seen on. Well, it struck a chord with me, so here I am typing, painfully slowly.
Here is my “Betty”, picture today in a very damp and windy back yard.
Despite, a distinctly harsh regime of maintenance, i.e ., very little, she looks quite good, don’t you think?
A wonderful simple machine that rarely lets me down, I have to thank the builders, Raleigh made “Betty”, on a production line in China, but a decade on she still is doing the business for me. You can’t ask for more?
Cheers, to you my reader.