To Paul, congratulations lovely. He and his runner Steven Smith cam first in the team event at the Hardrock Challenge on sunday. It’s a ten mile run and a seventeen mile bike ride round the red route of one of our local mountain bike routes. Second and third place were taken by two other riders from the same club as Paul, Ross Green and Ryan Fenwick, both quite young lads but exceptionally talented. Ryan came third even though just shortly into the ride he snapped his saddle right off the rails and so just completed the rest of the technical down right tough ride standing up the whole flipping way. Paul won a great cycling mug by Christine which now sits on the hanger next to the cycling one Christine made for me when I met Paul while we were both out cycling (actually we met in the car park but that’s a whole other story).
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Here’s a copy of the picture that was just in Country Living magazine, the October issue. That particular jug us already taken but it’s a lovely set up and great getting my work in that magazine again. Thank you to all at CL.