A bit of effort was required to persuade myself outside and onto my bike this morning. A combination of laziness and gloomy weather discouraged me. I promised myself just a short ride and held on to the thought that the misty weather would provide different scenes to photograph.
Amongst the following photos are many (though still just a selection) of bare branched trees. I'm looking forward now to when the leaves will return though it won't be till April so we have still another two months to wait. February is my least favourite month of the year - although there is pleasure in noticing the days getting longer I find the countryside to be rather drab and colourless at this time of year, and it's still cold and often wet. Crisp, frosty, sunny and dry days are wonderful when they happen, but today is not one of those. Despite the gloom it remained dry so it wasn't really that bad, for February.
I did, however, get my first puncture since starting my regular bike rides. I was only a few miles from home and just rode home on the flat tyre. I did briefly consider replacing the inner tube (I carry a spare) but I wasn't even able to get the valve nut released so it was pointless trying to change it. A pair of pliers will be added to the toolkit in future. I have liners fitted to my tyres and it's most unusual for them to puncture. It's been so long since I changed one I'd find it rather a palaver I'm sure. Hubby has already fixed it now, so it will still be a palaver for me when/if it happens again, though that wasn't enough of a deterrent for me to fix it myself once home.
In addition to trees I saw farm signs, a great tit on a fence post, sheep, the red gate and post (and tree mound just visible in the mist), fiery orange beech leaves, road edge markers and some droplet-decorated fleece.
The virtuous feeling created by cycling a few miles this morning has been spoiled by having a fish supper for tea followed by a rather large number of chocolate truffles.
P.S. Normally I make my photos "large", however today I have selected "extra large". What do you think? Is it better to see the extra detail or are they now too big? I'd be interested to know, thank you! It will also be interesting to see if anyone reads this far...