I have always loved cycling. Not so much as a sport but as a means of cheap and environmentally friendly transport.
I used to cycle to work when I worked at the hospital, and when I started working in the community many years ago, I continued cycling on office days. Then I started going on the occasional home visit by bike too.
I gained the reputation of being the slightly eccentric person in the office who did home visits by bike. For a long while I was a bit embarrassed about that, but eventually I took a more evangelical view – if you have a message worth preaching, PREACH IT!
These days roughly a third of my work related mileage is done by bike – weather, distance and circumstances permitting.
Today it was frost-free, dry and almost windless – ideal cycling weather for mid-January.
Double gloved and double buffed I set off.
Today’s journey took me within spitting distance of the Buddhist temple, the Peace Pagoda, a new-age stone circle, a Christian/multifaith community and the Quaker centre. Spirituality galore!
I took a short detour to take some picture at one if joggett’s favourite places.
After a little reluctance the lion took quite a shine to me.
I think I even saw a little tear…
And here’s a proper picture for ‘ya!