Cycling has taken a back seat these last few weeks, I’ve been too busy and Aiden has been floored by a lung infection, so today was our first ride together for a month. I’ve been out on my own but I prefer riding with Aiden now, never thought I would say that!
My new bike rode like a dream on the roads. Looking forward to Norfolk in a couple of weeks.
We did a little under 20 miles on an easy route up and around Chasewater. What a stunning day! Sunny and unseasonably warm at 21C. My lovely new Whyte Pimlico lost her virginity and we both rode smiling, smiling.
There were a lot of people up at Chasewater, something was happening power boat wise but more, there were so many people walking and cycling. We spotted a fair number of birds including the buzzard above (cropped and cropped again) and a couple of playful jays.
A good day to be alive
The Empty Can - We’ve gotta run
Watch, listen and share
Wasn’t sure that my camera would be able to do any justice to the colours at Middleton Lakes but I’m quietly pleased with these.
Sunday morning and a stroll at Tittesworth reservoir. I love the view of the Roaches from there.
Saturday was spent at RSPB Coombes Valley. This reserve is a beautiful, hilly, woodland, full of surprises around every twist of the pathways throughout. Since our last visit a new walk called the Woodcock Trail has been opened up and it’s worth taking the time to walk it. There are some stunning vistas over the treetops. Lots of fungi about at present and even the odd lizard sunbathing. A very peaceful and relaxing day.
Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire. We took the opportunity to take a couple of nights away and stayed near The Roaches. After setting up we took the short drive to Rudyard Lake, the straightest lake outside the Lake District, apparently and originally built as a feeder for the Caldon Canal and the place after which Rudyard Kipling was named. It was a sunny afternoon and was so peaceful and relaxing to be there. A little later we made our way to other end of the lake where there the mud attracts various waders and were rewarded with sightings of scaup, snipe, lapwing and woodpeckers in the woods. It’s difficult to access that end of the lake but the effort was worth it.