Tuesday, 29 December 2015
The rickety bike carried my rickety bones up the rickety old railway line this morning and left my rickety muscles more rickety than before. I suppose this is called 'health.' The sun shone and the people taking the week off took advantage to walk out with the dogs alongside the regulars. This is fine as the dogs are happy, tails wagging and full of enjoyment at the aromas around them, some not always pleasant I fear. For the first time in ages I made it all the way to Rayne, a full two miles of uphill slope and stopped just afterwards at this memorial to a deceased person. Look closely and you note it is shaped as a crocodile, something which we have lots of in the pond nearby, and made out of one tree trunk. Very well made I must say.
The plan to build hundreds of houses along here has met with much abuse and you can see why. I understand why a farmer would willingly sell his land but this is a chance to escape the town and walk in a small bit of countryside, thousands of newcomers would not ensure a happy world here.
Note the old chapel now turned into a house.
The horses in this field never appear full of life. I wonder if they are bored, tired or just not quite awake yet. They always appear to be different horses, I wonder if he rustles them from somewhere?
They glanced up as my brakes squealed and quickly ignored me.
I cared not for their indifference as I was just happy to have reached this far and not had a heart attack. The sun shone, people appeared friendly for the most part and I avoided all the dogs and got two children in one go! A good day!
The world appears happier when the sun shines and I had to make the effort this morning as another of those storms arrives tomorrow bringing wind and rain across the sodden parts of the country. I feel for those soaked through yet again and join their despair as more rain arrives. There is hope that this will be the last but all that water has to be dispersed yet.
Now, where is the number for that lithe blonde lassie masseur...or is it masseuse?