Sunday, 13 July 2014

Two days at Le Tour part 2

 On Sunday we boarded the first available train to Mytholmroyd a small village near Hebden Bridge.
But not this colourful one on the other platform. We decided to get there as early as possible and walk up Crag Vale  to a good view point.

Everywhere was decorated in Tour colours

 The local school had made an excellent job
and this house wears a King of the Mountain jumper.
There was bunting everywhere and the word record for the length of bunting is now held by Crag Vale.
On the way we had ice cream from Ice cream creations

 There were flags and people lining the whole route
including Biddle who was very excited.

Helicopters flew overhead.

The commercial caravan went through and then after a long wait the seven man breakaway group.

Eventually the long awaited peleton came into view and flashed by in next to no time.

The team cars brought up the rear.

On the way back down someone said. " It's funny you wait so long for an event to happen and it's over in 30 seconds but it doesn't matter. It was great."  And it was, we walked a round trip up and back down of 14 km but it was worth every centimetre. Now I can relax and watch the rest on television.

Looking at the internet later we found our selves on this Yorkshire post photo linked here

 We are on right hand side just where the head of the peleton passes two people waving.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Two days at Le Tour part one

Saturday morning saw us up bright and early and travelling to Leeds. Everywhere was decorated in yellow.

and at just gone  8am the streets were filled with crowds of people.
We had a glimpse of some participants signing on
The idea was to then get to the station for a quickish get away to Harrogate but this was thwarted by being the wrong side of the road and there was no way through. So from a new position we watched the  roll out
and then off to the station for the train to Harrogate which was packed but not too stressful.

In Harrogate the streets  were equally packed with people and covered in yellow. We had a good spot just beyond the finish line. Saw the carvan arrive.

and finally the cyclists

The atmosphere was terrific. We were not sure who crossed the line first and then the devastating news that Mark Cavendish had crashed. I hoped it was not true but then saw him wheeled by in obvious pain.

It was great day, I got sun burnt, was desperate for the loo by the end, had over an hours wait in a queue for the train back to Leeds but would not have missed it for the world.

Could not wait for day two!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Scenes of summer

 Caterpillars on nettles. I found these on the wasteland at the allotment site.
Our first ripe raspberry.

The first sweet peas in flower in the garden

Tia soaking up the sunshine.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Lottie progress

It was a busy day at the allotment yesterday. The hedges needed to be cut as they have got rather tall over the years. (before we aquired the plot).
Allotment regs say they must only be 5 feet high. Cutting is a tedious process because we only have a battery powered hedge trimmer and some loppers. So it is going to take a while.

I watered the produce and then thinned out some lettuce. Everything is coming along nicely. The runner beans have flowers
The potatoes should be ready soon
There are peas
and raspberries.
                                         It was a warm day
so froggie was out to play. You can see there is rather a lot of gunk on the pond so we have treated him to a solar powered aerator
Gardener Bunny is very impressed.