A newly serviced bike, a fine day, not too much wind - what could be better? Daffodils in the hedgerows are fading now, a few cowslips are in bloom. The blackthorn is turning green as the year moves forward. We heard buzzards mewing in the woods, and watched them circling.
Last Friday we did a mini-ride - Rutland Water, Normanton to Barnsdale Woods, where the bluebells are just beginning to come out, then back. An encounter with homo Nottinghamiensis, who was honour bound to grouse. 'I hope your drink's from the fridge.' ' This ice-cream's expensive - mint - should be dark chocolate though.' I hope he got some decent photographs for his trouble, and caught the train back from Oakham.