The start of the week was dire , with snow and ice, so Sunday’s ride was curtailed to 3 miles as the snow blizzard made my face freeze. As I cycled along , I made myself endure, thinking that it wasn’t so bad – it could have been June when we cycled across the polders in the Netherlands, in sleet.
Monday wasn’t much better, and as I couldn’t borrow an exercise bike, I resorted to cycling another 3 miles around the cultural hall of our chapel.
Tuesday was a better day , no snow just a brisk northerly wind and ice first thing. So in order to get in a ride , I visited my patients by bicycle and that got another 8.5 miles in.
Wednesday saw me with a streaming cold – itchy eyes and a runny nose – so no cycling as I needed to recover as I was going away. I missed a talk at our local CTC meeting to which I had been invited but was surprised to hear my doorbell ring. The lovely C had brought me a present. She made me a pair of bicycle earrings but I wont tell you the secret ingredient. heehee!
So Thursday dawned and I took a bus ride – well more than one to get up to Berwick upon Tweed. It was a beautiful day and my friend H and husband M picked me up from the bus station. I thought another day with no ride. Well, that wasn’t strictly true as they have bought e bikes and I tried H’s for a few hundred yards. They live right at the top of a hill , so the electric motor is fantastic for them.
M had to hide behind the bus stop to take the view of me returning and unfortunately it doesn’t show Hume castle on top of the hill. They live in a stunning upside down house – bedrooms on the ground floor- and they can see for miles on a good day , in very point of the compass. Because it is higher and further north, you can see there was still snow about. Here is a picture I found of the castle.
I took up some of my sewing stuff – rulers and ruler feet to try on H’s Bernina 404 – while not a great fit on her adapter , it did well enough to do some on a quilt she is making and since I came home she has emailed to say she has ordered a foot and templates.
Friday morning saw us driven up to Edinburgh , to the show ground at Ingelston , to the Scottish Spring quilt fare. You may remember I showed some of my little light house quilts. Well I entered them to the show and got a runner up rosette for my troubles. Not bad me thinks.
I travelled both ways to Berwick by bus using my OAP bus pass , so it made travelling all that way extremely cheap – only 30p as one journey started before 9.30am on a weekday. While awaiting the bus home , a young Chinese man had alighted the train at Berwick, instead of North Berwick and he had a job interview. Explaining his plight to M, they immediately offered to drive him up there. Such kindness to a stranger . That’s just the sort of people Hand M are.
I bought a few things at the show including some circles for longarm quilting. Well , I am using them on a domestic machine with reasonable results. Still need more practice but you can see the idea here.
Now I am home again, I have started as I mean to go on , and got in a short ride this morning. Last week’s measly 15 miles , will need to be well exceeded this week