Happy cycling

It has been so beautiful for the past few days, I thought it was time to return to cycling for the sheer pleasure of it, rather than just method of travel from A to B. I thought I would go along the canal towpath, flat, and enjoy the sights. Slight mistake there as it seemed a little windy when I set out, just a few gusts, and I comforted myself by thinking that it would be behind me on the way home. Well either the wind changed totally, or I had actually had it behind me on the way out except for the gusts. I found it hard work pedaling against it coming home. I only went as far as Harrison Park, where I knew there would be the usual spring array of daffodils. Parked the bike against a picnic table, enjoyed the views and taking photos, especially the willow [I think its willow] with its nearly green fronds hanging in blue sky.

Before arriving home, in a very good mood in spite of the wind, I had to park the bike again to record our local array of purple crocus, stretching way into the distance.

When I got home I found these words from Mary Oliver, they suit me, today.

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

from Red Bird, 2008, part of a longer poem, “Sometimes”.


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