A positive thread

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Re: A positive thread

Postby reohn2 » 19 Apr 2016, 11:07pm

Alport wrote:Cycling through Derbyshire lanes on a beautiful spring morning, it's a Tuesday and I no longer have to go to work!
Saw, for me, the first swifts of the year, and many, many bluebells.


Sure they were Swifts and not Swallows.
The swallows are late this year by about twelve days where I live :? ,but it's not been warm enough upto now.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Alport » 20 Apr 2016, 3:33pm

Hi Reohn
Think you were right - they were swallows.

Looked here
http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/s/swift/identification.aspx

and these were definitely able to sit on telephone wires!

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Re: A positive thread

Postby loch eck steve » 22 Apr 2016, 7:05am

up and about early today , day off work the sun is shining and i'm going for a nice long ride on the bike :D

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Re: A positive thread

Postby al_yrpal » 22 Apr 2016, 9:28am

Spent a few days in Suffolk. Theres no hills only slopes :lol: Observed many hares, muntjacs and a few swallows swooping around.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Si » 22 Apr 2016, 10:05am

Yesterday...
gave a load of happy people free bikes,
taught a few people to ride,
and the sun was shining.

...what more could you want? Oh yeah, got paid for it too :D

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Re: A positive thread

Postby MikeF » 23 Apr 2016, 5:29pm

Rode 30 miles yesterday mainly on roads in central Sussex and all drivers, including a bus, van with very large trailer and high powered sports car, overtook me with comfortable clearance :) - except one - a driving instructor! :evil: :evil:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vantage » 24 Apr 2016, 11:32am

Si wrote:Yesterday...
gave a load of happy people free bikes,
taught a few people to ride,
and the sun was shining.

...what more could you want? Oh yeah, got paid for it too :D



Can I have your job??? :D

Booboo the purple hippo strapped into her basket, Erin and I went for a ride to Queens Park on Wednesday. Got there by 4pm and locked up the bikes to wander into the café to get ice creams for her and I. It was closing :(
The nice lady inside having seen me rushing to lock the bikes had mercy on us and let us in. Erin's face was a picture as the chocolate cone with chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles on top of the chocolate ice cream was handed over to her. Lots of it ended up on Erin's face too :lol:
Then a ride to the play area and another ride through the trees and then home. All in gorgeous sunshine.

Sod's law has dictated that one of the mudguard stay bolts snapped last night and of course everywhere is closed today. Sheesh.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby baghwallah » 25 Apr 2016, 9:31pm

MikeF wrote:Rode 30 miles yesterday mainly on roads in central Sussex and all drivers, including a bus, van with very large trailer and high powered sports car, overtook me with comfortable clearance :) - except one - a driving instructor! :evil: :evil:


Interesting.

I recently moved to the North East (Newcastle Upon Tyne) from London. I found cycling in London pretty good (mostly a joy, in fact), but I have noticed here that drivers tend to be very considerate when it comes to cyclists. Perhaps this is because they haven't yet encountered the kind of bad behaviour that one often sees from cyclists in London? I've been here 6 months and have yet to see an aggressive jumping of lights, for example.

I assume that it was the driving instructor driving, rather than a learner? I often encounter learner drivers because the main cycle route out of Newcastle towards the coast has a couple of sections which are popular with learners because they are quiet stretches. I waited a full 5 minutes last week as a learner driver attempted a three point turn (okay, it was a fourteen point turn), but I thought, "This is bread on the water". Consideration on the road works in both directions.

I must day that I have found this thread strangely calming to read... Thanks to the OP

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Re: A positive thread

Postby DavidT » 26 Apr 2016, 2:53pm

Just back from a long weekend in North Norfolk. Three relatively short trips (due to family commitments) inland from Sheringham, Cromer area. Lovely quiet lanes - some officially signed as "Quiet Lanes" no less - with few but invariably patient car drivers, picturesque stately homes, villages, hamlets and churches around every corner. Happy days. No wonder I visit every few years!

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Re: A positive thread

Postby ragudave » 27 Apr 2016, 10:10am

We had three bikes stolen in November last year from our garage. Two of the three have been replaced after the insurance payout and we like our new ones better than the stolen ones. We are more wary about home security now but someone positive came from something unpleasant!

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Re: A positive thread

Postby LollyKat » 27 Apr 2016, 10:21am

Our son's bike was once stolen from our 'secure' shed (tamper-proof locks but they levered off the roof :roll: ). The household insurance replaced it, and agreed to give us a larger size as he was outgrowing the stolen one.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby gaz » 29 Apr 2016, 9:24pm

Found two tubes abandoned by the wayside today. When I got them back home it was clear one was too narrow for my tastes but the other one's now got it's first ever patch and is ready to go back into service.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby groberts » 3 May 2016, 5:44pm

Cycling through the bluebell woods today one-year on from TKR operation was very uplifting.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby robing » 4 May 2016, 12:41am

groberts wrote:Cycling through the bluebell woods today one-year on from TKR operation was very uplifting.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby rmurphy195 » 8 May 2016, 8:08pm

Nice ride out for a cake and cuppa this morning - 1st time in the hot (and it was very warm!) weather, lots of blubells in woods on either side of the road.
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