November and December weren't good cycling months. The problem wasn't really weather related, weekends were just busy with fairs and concerts. But now the calendar is clear again and we're experiencing a spell of mild weather so right in the middle of winter I managed to get out for a little morning bike ride. There was a bitterly cold wind but it was dry, to start with...
Past the stumpy post, the stubble in the field behind aglow in the eerie pink sunlight.
Hard to see, but this field was full of canada geese with more flying in all the time. There was lots of honking! I'd guess the swans are hooper swans. It was raining at this point, hence the rather grainy image.
Another flock flies in.
Tree silhouettes against a stormy sky. I had to get off the bike to reach above the fence to take this photo, so here is...
... the first bike shot of 2012.
I like the strong horizontal stripes of colour across this view.
Not all is pretty round here though...
... grrrr, fly tipping, almost in the middle of the road too!
A clipped hawthorn tree, never to be allowed to grow tall.
The sun shone briefly, making a red gate shine.
More striking stripes in the landscape.
Look, blue sky!
Farm house above patchwork fields.
Tree silhouette at the brow of a hill.
I also got hit with hailstones while out, they're sore! I then spoiled the good effects of my morning bike ride by getting stuck into a box of Christmas biscuits in the afternoon. Oh well.
Other "news". We were right (tired!) party poopers on Hogmany and all went to bed before the bells. At midnight we were awoken by a bagpiper playing Auld Lang Syne out on the street. She and her party marched up and down finishing with Scotland The Brave before heading home. Fireworks were booming, friends (less boring than us!) were texting. I rather enjoyed it all. Happy New Year!
Last night though we had a terrible storm...
... and part of our roof is quite badly damaged, the front garden is littered with slates. Oh well...