Thursday, 22 January 2009
Blackberries and Tour Down Under
I went for my walk this morning planning to pick some blackberries. (I went prepared with a small plastic bag in my pocket) Sustaining a few scratches and the obligatory purple fingers, I ended up with about 250g, not a great amount, but I have frozen them and will progressively pick more as they ripen. I only wish I was taller then I would have been able to reach more of them. In amongst the blackberries I noticed two quince trees with a good crop, so I will be keeping a close eye on them.
We spent some time at the top of Chandlers Hill this morning watching the Tour Down Under sweep through. When we arrived there weren't many people there but by the time the peloton came through they were lining both sides of the rode for quite a distance. It was very gusty up there but at least it was quite cool, I'm glad I wasn't riding, I never used to like cycling when it was windy (unless the wind was behind me). When you are small you get tend to get blown around all over the place. It seemed as if there were as many police vehicles (cars, vans, motorbikes and bicycles) as there were riders in the race, all using their sirens and lights, but it didn't seem to stop people from stepping right out in front of the cyclists. I took a few photos (make that quite a few) but I won't bore you with too many :)