Sunday, 17 September 2017

Couch to 50 Kilometers

This morning saw 4 of the group of 8, plus 2 tutors, meeting up at 9.15 am to set off on our 'Big Ride', the culmination of 10 weeks of tuition, guidance and lots of practice.  I personally managed to do 37.76 miles in 3 hours 21 minutes.  Not a record breaking achievement, but amazing for me.  Seriously contemplating buying a new bike to make life easier for riding up hills.  We all want to keep up our cycling now we have got this far and have the confidence to go out on the road so who knows where this will lead?  At least it will keep me a lot fitter than I was.

We were all kept going by the thought of cake and coffee at Croombe, which some managed to change to bacon sandwiches by the time we actually arrived!!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Book Art Exhibition - Hereford

Went out to do some H-Art venues today and also visited the HARC in Fir Tree Lane to see the 'Re-Imaging the Laws of England - Magna Carta through bookarts, textiles and paintings' exhibition.  It was wonderful although you did need to read the information in the accompanying booklet to fully understand the thinking behind each piece.  I believe it is open Monday to Friday until 24 November, but recommend checking if you plan a visit.

Just a few pictures to whet your appetite
Loved these little shoes

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Green Pears?

Over the weekend we visited one or two H-Art venues and came across these lovely pods that had became rather neglected and wild.  I think they had originally had herbs crowing in them with a soil filled moss lining wrapped around with hessian fabric and string.  The moss had obviously enjoyed its damp environment and taken over with the herbs dying.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

A Jolly Sewcial

On Friday of last week four of us joined Kathleen Murphy for our second Sewcial of the year in Cheltenham.  We had a jolly good time with much hilarity.  We were making bound dolls.

From humble beginnings we produced several charming characters ...

A large family group

A very beautiful peasant lady

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Bear Necessities

DH and I spent the afternoon at Ironbridge on Wednesday and came across these bear heads on top of the railings at the Merrythought car park.  Not a very nice sight.  The weather was very pleasant and the Tile Museum was fabulous.

Lovely wild flower planting to enjoy with a view of the famous bridge ....

Is this a wise old owl I wonder?

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Lone Cycling

I was 'Billy No Mates' this morning and went out on my own for a cycle ride near Croome.  I was supposed to do the same route I did a couple of weeks ago but managed to do something wrong and got a little bit lost.  Still managed to do almost 13 miles so pleased with that.  I then had egg sandwich, scone and coffee at Croome sitting in the glorious sunshine.

Fabulous views on the ride ....

This is not the fabulous view, this is my trusty bike and a bench near Pirton from where the view opposite is this ....

or this ....

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Hard to Bear

Have been to Birmingham today to meet a cousin for lunch and a catchup.  There were bears everywhere - large and small.