Brief update on the cycle ride. Last day today going from Peterborough to Norfolk. Yesterday we did 103 miles which is a long way! So far 179 I think we will do maybe another90 or so today. Not sure why we are putting ourselves through it! Hopefully will be able to blog an update from Norfolk.
Cycling to deepest Norfolk tomorrow (Alan Partridge country) three old men doing it over 2 maybe 3 days. It seemed a good idea in the pub! Not sure when I will blog next because I won’t be back till next Wednesday may not have Wi Fi access.
Weekend was non-stop with sport and the Beer Festival. As always Frocester is a sociable evening bumping into many old friends. The match on Saturday was 0-0 and both teams could have been there for a week and the result would have been the same!
Managed to get a parking ticket yesterday at Luton I naively thought that Bank Holiday was the same as weekends! The b!!!!!!!!s
Well we are back from our adventures. It was a super cycle ride and would recommend anyone who likes to a cycle ride over a decent distance to do the Devon Coast to Coast. Much was on old railway lines so was mainly traffic free. Woods, moors and coast lines so plenty to see.
Need to get to work on a PR leaflet to go out to different establishments but a busy holiday weekend in front of me. Tonight is Frocester Beer Festival, watching the Hatters tomorrow and cricket Sunday! Peter is here for the festival and Mike my brother is coming for the game tomorrow.
Halfway along the Devon Coast to Coast. Weather wonderful. It is a lovely ride and a varied route that keeps surprising us.
Just to say probably won’t blog until next Thursday or Friday. Clare and I are off on the Devon Coast to Coast cycle ride this week. The following week I am cycling to Norfolk! Clare is looking forward to the challenge. Forecast sounds ok! Played cricket today and the second half of the game was damp! In a good run of form for the third game running scored 36-ran myself out after batting well.
No Story Telling stuff for a couple of weeks because of the cycling.
Cycled to Parliament up the great big hill to my HVV Gig. The Gig had been moved to inside because of the weather so numbers were low. I stuck with the Teddy Bear theme and told my Story “Deep” and I am pleased with how it is developing. Needs a bit of tweaking to be the finished product.
Popped down to Stoke Gifford today to see Kathryn (one of my teaching colleagues from Dursley), Matt and their three-week old son Oliver. Lovely to see a young family at this stage. Tomorrow I am meeting up with my old mate Phil for a beer. Phil and I have known each other from our days as young idealistic teachers who both ran our respective area primary school’s football teams. Phil is a big Forest Green fan so we will discuss the big match next week (much bigger than any of the Premiership games!)
Slightly bizarre Tuesday. I got lost finding my gig in Minchinhampton. Sadly the rain meant it was cancelled. Mick (my fellow Hatter) and I set off for Luton. Awful journey with traffic, stupid new traffic lights that slowed us down and as a result we almost didn’t make the wonderful Bricklayers for our traditional pre match pint!
The football itself was disappointing, we were fitful and need to up the pace we play at. We managed to win 2-0 so a win is a win.
About to go off to another gig on Sir Gawaine weather permitting.
Wow, what a nerve-wracking day watching a wonderful Test Match and cutting very long grass in the intervals! I can’t believe how much it has grown in a week. The cricket was so gripping and fortunes have fluctuated throughout the Test and I thought we had lost it in mid afternoon, but England are a very resilient team these days. Now I need to prepare my stories for tomorrow!
Our week in the North East was delightful. Weather was fine apart from last Monday when it rained all day. The Northumberland coast is wonderful a mix of golden beaches, rocky cliffs entwined with history. We both love this part of the world and will revisit again soon. We moved South to Durham (well Chester-le-Street) for the Test Match. We camped about 7 miles away so I cycled to the cricket and Clare went in to Durham. First time I have cycled to a Test Match! What a wonderful friendly venue. The cricket was absorbing you can’t beat a tight Ashes contest for top sport! Good to see an international sporting venue having bike racks inside the ground, not sure if Lords, Wembley or Twickenham have that facility!
Back to Frampton and reality. I have two gigs this week for the Children’s Centre with Teddy Bear theme so I will do the story I wrote a fortnight ago.
Oh I am keeping quiet about the disappointing first league match I am my number one sporting venue Kenilworth Road on Tuesday.
Currently in the north east at a lovely campsite. Even had an enquiry about my writing since I have been here. I will have to tell them I haven’t been published yet! May blog later this week. Had a lovely day at Alnwick Garden today.