Posted by: brendaintheboro | December 12, 2012

Brrrr… It’s chilly

Well, I’m sitting here looking like a sick Rudolph with a nose that is as red and shiny but with streaming eyes and nose. So I thought I’d take some time to update the blog as I have still been out cycling .
The weather has continued to be poor with more rain and a little snow but today is dry , fairly bright but cold.
On Saturday, I had a solo ride as I wanted to see a young friend leaving for her wedding. As I have an intolerance to perfumes, I was unable to attend the ceremony as it makes me ill. So I waited for her to leave the house and she looked beautiful in her modest, long sleeved dress and faux fur stole. I have known her all her life , so I was a bit sad not to see her married.
So after seeing her, I went to cycle the river run. DS and DH had cycled off to Saltburn. First though , I called in and left my bike at the Cycle Centre in the bus station at Middlesbrough . I was then able to find a new wool shop in the Cleveland Centre knowing my bike was safe from bike thieves. I bought some merino wool for a sweater to wear when cycling.
Along the river, there was a cold north westerly wind blowing but it felt good to be out.

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I passed under the A19 before heading into Stockton where there are some major roadworks taking place. I decided to head up through the market place to avoid that area. There is still a lot of water under one of the bridges. Here’s a photo so that I hope you can see. It’s pouring out of a drain in the wall onto the road and its very deep on one side.

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Further round my route, there is still flooding on the grass as the ground water level is so high at present . Just here , there’s a frost pocket so the water was frozen here.

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Today, I had to take my car in for a repair. So despite the cold , I took the Dahon in the car and then was able to cycle home up through Albert Park where the park lake was frozen and only the swans had a small area to swim in. Most of the ducks and seagulls were sitting on the ice. How do they do that without freezing there behinds?

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  1. That water under the bridge looks like it could be dangerous if it freezes Brenda….Hope that you feel a bit better soon…

    • Hi Trevor, it can be tricky at the best of times as it has a smooth metal manhole cover right where you should cycle. Fortunately , it is light controlled so it can be avoided most times. Thanks for your concern

  2. I hope you’re a bit better now Brenda. I am still blowing my nose enthusiastically, don’t know where it all comes from. It does look very bleak certainly. I love the NE but do not envy you your winters.

    My Dad had the same sensitivity to perfume and I had to always remember not to put any on if I was going there. It must make life quite difficult at times since people seem to bathe in it.

    • Hi Ann Marie I’m a bit better thanks but DH is down with it . I’ll be glad when my nose doesn’t feel so congested and I can get out on my bike.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. You’ll suddenly find your nose clear like me. I’m fine now, I’ve been bunged up until yesterday I think, and yesterday felt very tired but bouncing today as well as the sciatica will let me.


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