Monday mornings – bleurgh, when you wish you could rewind to the start of the weekend or fast forward to the next one! I’ve a poorly child tucked up to my right, grey clouds to my left, and 100 chores jumping up and down waving frantically all around me.
I thought it was about time I got over the post-Majorca blues on Saturday and crack on with my Sahara training. Half the battle is of course stepping across the threshold – it’s soooo much easier to think ‘later’ or ‘tomorrow’. I had something to post round the corner so had a little word with myself and planned to significantly extend my little errand. Slipped on my bright pink trainers and opened the front door to find the skies leaking water “Oh! I can’t go – it’s raining!” I cheerily shouted to my husband. “Take an umbrella!” he replied quicker than I could get my trainers off. So down the road I went chunnering on to myself (…bloody rain! …end of June! ….won’t have this in the Sahara!) fumbling with my keys, phone, headphones and envelopes to post, not to mention the bloomin’ umbrella. But I was out! I picked the steepest of our two nearest hills for my first mile, as punishment for procrastinating. However once the first mile was in the bag, it didn’t take long for the endorphins to kick in and I really enjoyed the rain and singing along to Amy McDonald in my best Scottish accent, entirely tone-deaf with my headphones on. Thought I was a proper Gene Kelly. Whatever it takes, hey? But I did it! Three miles in the bag and very enjoyable it was too. The first step is the hardest.
I’m sure you’ve heard that Yorkshire is the location for The Grand Départ and it’s all pedaling off from Leeds next Saturday. There’s been months of build-up, planning, road repairs, decorating of the route and opinions ranging from objecting business owners or not interested, to excited or fanatical about the whole event. I’m somewhere in the middle, having seen the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-peloton once before as they passed through Tilburg in the Netherlands in 1996, where I lived for a time. I remember standing in the rain for ages and it didn’t really do much for me, despite being a avid cyclist in those days, thanks to the amazing Dutch cycle ways (you even get your own traffic lights!). Whatever your opinion it’s set to be quite an event, with most of Leeds on shutdown from Friday lunchtime – anticipating 50,000 visitors, and no-one along the race route going anywhere from 7am Saturday morning. It passes right through the centre of our village and the end of our street so will be something new for the boys to see and be inspired by (can the Tour de France be free of doping scandals this year???). There’s even a barbecue outside the post office (!) and a big screen in the local school playground, whilst the local farmers are set to make more money than they have all year accomodating cars and tents instead of cows and sheep. Local ‘Garden Angels’ have been hard at work setting up bicycles with flower baskets all over the place so I took a couple of photos to share whilst out on walking.
Red, white and blue flowers with another bicycle in the background and a rose I couldn’t resist.
My Card Therapy share is a wedding card I made a few weeks ago, another thank you for sponsorship for my Sahara Trek.
The image is LOTV ‘I Do’ and I decided to stamp and emboss this image prior to colouring with Promarkers. It makes a subtle difference and I like the effect. I also added Frantage around the image:
The little heart with the rose in the middle, is a wooden embellishment, embossed to match.
The bird die is Memory box and there are lots of different ones available now. The silver doily was a supermarket purchase!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
If you made it all the way down here, thanks for reading! Little bit of sun is peeping now, hope it is where you are too,