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Morning everyone…..I hope you all slept better than me. I was up at 4.10 am…no idea why (putting it down to hormones!). This is most unlike me, but I went and got the camera, sat on the swing seat listening to the birds and took some pictures of the sunrise.

I can’t believe it is now pouring rain, but this is good for the garden!

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Were you sleep walking you ended up on the swing seat

Mind you great photos

16 Jul, 2014

 

Ow karen you are an early bird, but must have been lovely to see the sunrise.... lovely pics... going to be hot down here today...

16 Jul, 2014

 

Pouring here now, but set to clear up at lunch time apparently. Kath, I think I must have been...most unlike me to wake up and not go right back to sleep. Hope it doesn't become a regular thing as I don't feel right at all now, and I had horrible dreams when I eventually went back to bed.

16 Jul, 2014

 

The first pic could be Africa Karen, wow. There's even an elephant on the horizon. Look again :)

16 Jul, 2014

 

I saw the elephant too first picture - beautiful pictures hope you sleep better tonight.

16 Jul, 2014

 

Hope you are now rested after your broken sleep.

It's pouring of rain here now it was dry on morning daily walk.

I have been in shorts for weeks and now got long trowsers on.

16 Jul, 2014

 

BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS KAREN. I'm always up by 5 the latest. Old age may be. I wish I were in Scotland myself to enjoy the rain instead of spending two hours this morning to water my garden using two watering cans( never use a hose) in the hot blazing sun. And this is only London. My younger daughter is now in Cyprus for some filming for the International News Channel she works for and it is over 35 Celsius down there. No cloud in the horizon for three months. Do you like that? No I don't. I LIKE SCOTLAND!!!

16 Jul, 2014

 

Ooh yes!
how glorious, just thing what you would have missed .......but don't make a habit of it....

16 Jul, 2014

 

Daisy, I never spotted that Elephant! Lol!

Costas, I don't fancy that unrelenting heat in Cyprus much either. I don't cope well with anything over about 23!
So I reckon I am in the right place!

Thanks everyone...I think I will be going for a snooze soon!

16 Jul, 2014

 

Beautiful photos karen but I know what you mean about broken sleep......Yawning at my desk again :o(

16 Jul, 2014

 

Strong coffee girls, and I mean strong, that will wake you both up and of course with a large portion of chocolate biscuits and maybe a bar of something sugary lol. Hope you soon recover Annie, not a good thing nodding at ones desk, the bosses tend to frown on it. lol.

16 Jul, 2014

 

Yes - the elephant was the first thing I saw too. But of course - you know exactly what it is, because you see that view every day, so you wouldn't see the elephant. That sounds like the premise of an interesting philosophical argument. When is an elephant (not) an elephant?

Beautiful photos.

And yes - Scotland every time!

16 Jul, 2014

 

Oliveoil why did you mention chocolate biscuits??? Now its will power time...
Fantastic sunrise Karen - I've never seen one half as good as that.

16 Jul, 2014

 

lol Stera, I have had a twix so that will be my calorie intake over the top for today then. :O)

16 Jul, 2014

 

I had a Danish for breakfast and a custard slice for lunch! Hormones....it's all down to hormones!

16 Jul, 2014

 

Karen 23 is the maximum for me also, but not with clear skies. I prefer a few scattered clouds to cover the sun at times.

16 Jul, 2014

 

Perfect Costas! :)

16 Jul, 2014

 

The pictures show it was well worth getting up for Karen. And please, can we stop all this talk of chocolate biscuits? Some of are trying to diet ! Oh, and 23c Perfect.

16 Jul, 2014

 

Waddy with cycling I have lost Stone and half and still loosing weight.

Just take breakfast then nothing till lunchtime

16 Jul, 2014

 

Can't cycle..never learnt and anyway, all the gardening is enough at the moment. But well done you!
I'm trying the 5-2 diet...wish me luck lol!

16 Jul, 2014

 

Not heard of that but good luck a way but yes with all this gardening you should be.

16 Jul, 2014

 

Gorgeous pics - fortunately I managed to get 6 hours sleep last night so feeling far more "reasonable" LOL :-)

16 Jul, 2014

 

Stera - why is it called "will power"? Surely it should be "won't power"?

16 Jul, 2014

 

Lovely photos K....that is the middle of the night for me, just getting off to sleep at that time lol love the elephant...

16 Jul, 2014

 

Fantastic photos Karen. We have just been to Elgin and back on a portrait commission.....a twelve hour round trip. The weather was poor going and lovely on the way back.

16 Jul, 2014

 

You seem to get up to the moray coast quite a lot on commissions Linda. You must be very famous up there! ;)

17 Jul, 2014

 

awesome - got trees to the west so don't see the sun till later, that has to count as my "sunrise"

17 Jul, 2014

 

You've got a point Andrew ---I won't wait any longer and I will have a chocolate biscuit...

17 Jul, 2014

 

I didn't learn to ridea bike till i was in my 20s - I waas so unconfident taht i was a menace to myself and other road users. Couldn't do it now, for a variety of reasons.

Been wearing shorts for about a week - really feels odd to put long trousers on again ...

17 Jul, 2014

 

Funny that Fran. Rachel has never been confident on a bicycle, and we were chatting about it today. I suggested she cycle up and down our drive until she gets confident! She's 24, but it's never too late to learn to ride a bike ( as long as you aren't visually impaired that is!)

18 Jul, 2014

 

Think if she had been riding in London for a few years she might have learned to be confident Karen. lol. If I remember right you did take your bike to London. I would not advise it nowadays, the amount of people who get knocked off their bikes by silly drivers not being patient enough and wanting to be in front of cyclists. I always try and give them a good wide berth when I am out, it only takes one wobble. I remember Paul and I driving down Morton Terrace just as the Grammar school let out the children, one little girl with bags on her handlebars tipped over right in front of us, if it had been anyone else maybe she would have been killed. I was so relieved when I got to her, to pick her up she was ok, bruised and embarassed but ok. I wish all towns and cities had cycle tracks and wish that people would use them when they are available. Down Ramper Road there is a cycle track all the way to Beckingham from town. You would be amazed at how many people do not use it, and that road is so narrow and so so busy. Unbelievable. It makes you want to shout at them through the window but that would make them wobble and fall off so best not to. lol. Sammie is the same on a bike, she once went off with her friends from Grimsby (swimmers) they went off out into the Wolds she said never again. lol she was so exhausted as well, they always rode their bikes and she has never had one since she was four years old. lol. what a laugh they had. Do not think she has been on a bike since. lol :O)

18 Jul, 2014

 

Olive - while I agree there a are a lot of impatient drivers on the roads, there are also a lot of silly cyclists, especially in London. At the inquest of one who was killed a few months ago, it was stated she rode up the inside of a lorry (in the driver's blind spot), that was already indicating to turn left. The driver was cleared of any blame.

18 Jul, 2014

 

You are both right of course...fault on all sides of that debate. I used to cycle 8 miles from North Wembley to Regents Park twice a day. Once I even negotiated Hyde Park Corner, but only once! I crossed the North circular every day,and it was extremely busy. I never had a single incident or close shave because I obeyed the Highway Code and took great care. I cycled in to and from College in Manchester as well, and again, no problems. A lot of cyclists think they have more of a right to the road than motorists do and I regularly see them doing absolutely stupid and dangerous manoeuvres here. I always do same as you Mum. I am not afraid to hold up traffic to keep myself and a cyclist safe, but a lot of motorists get angry as soon as they see a cyclist. Crazy! You have to treat them like a car going very slowly...or a horse.

18 Jul, 2014

 

It is the Whisky Trail Karen.

18 Jul, 2014

 

yes! I have sampled a few myself Linda! ;)

18 Jul, 2014

 

well spotted, Young Daisy! now you mention it, it does, doesn't it?

if someone painted skies like these, they'd be accused of overdoing it. lol proves that Nature is the best artist in the world!

18 Jul, 2014

 

I agree with everything you said Andrew, I had one undertake me the other day at traffic lights if a passenger had opened the door of my car to get out they would have been knocked off their bike. So yes you are correct there are lots of silly cyclists who do silly things.
Seems like some of them love to try to get where they want to without taking precautions and considering other road users. I wonder when the powers that be will make cyclists take road worthy and highway code tests. I know that in some Primary schools the children cannot take their bikes to school unless they have passed a cycling proficiency test. If that is what it is still called. Time all adults were tested too.

18 Jul, 2014

 

I've had more "close enounters" with cyclists than with all other forms of road transport put together - can't see 'em, can't hear 'em, and the way they weave in and out of traffic and basically ignore the rules of the road makes them potentially lethal.

One time I was getting off a bus - the bus couldn't pull right in to the kerb because of parked cars, and I had to step down into the road. something made me hesitate, and a second later a cyclist whizzed between the bus and the parked cars - if I'd stepped down it would've had me. Now, the cyclist saw that the bus had stopped; there was no one waiting to get on, so it must have been obvious that someone was getting off.

Prob is, a person may not have ridden a bike since they were a kid, but they can go out and buy one and mix-it with traffic with no more road-awareness than they had when they were twelve. They should have to do some sort of training and testing - all other road-users have to do that, after all. lol they should at least be taught what a red light means!

should add that more than once a cyclist has been the first to stop for me when I've been waiting at a crossing - it's not cyclists per se that are a pain, there are just as many idiot drivers and idiot pedestrians, but all the same ...

18 Jul, 2014

 

All road users in my opinion should be licenced taxed and insured....including horses, we get them 2 abrest round blind bends, and cyclists in packs of 7 or 8 , all done up in lycra .....crazy people

18 Jul, 2014

 

We are cyclist but and car drivers so have respect for each .

When driving past a biker give them a wide berth

But when I am cycling the amount of youngers guys or girls who past so close its so scary

And when I see a tractor or truck in my mirror I stop let them pass

We don't cycle 2 abreast but we did on wed as a car was stopped at junction chatting to someone in there dog and never moved for us and we had to cycle across onto wrong side of road to get past.

So then we did go 2 abreast and hoped they would have to drive past us but they never we were long gone by time they drove again.

So no tall drivers are considerate

But would hate to ride in a city

18 Jul, 2014

 

I hope I haven't started something here.

There are good and bad car drivers
There are good and bad motorcyclists
There are good and bad cyclists

But I agree, all road users should be licensed, taxed and insured, and should have passed a test before being allowed on the roads.

18 Jul, 2014

 

If I had to tax and insure bike would be giving up my car.

Think maybe that's going a bit to far

If you think about it there is a lot of elderly folk are not safe to drive.

I took my cycling provincey test at school and it's something you don't forget.

18 Jul, 2014

 

Karen - I used to live in North Wembley. That's a fair old cycle to Regents Park!

18 Jul, 2014

 

Karen those are gorgeous pictures. Hope it made up for the broken sleep some.

I personally think any cyclist cycling on roads (in busy areas especially cities and towns) are extremely brave. There are plenty of stupid ones (like the one who came out of a blind junction in front of us without looking - we had right of way on a 60 limit road - good job the breaks work) but the majority are not. You get the same with drivers just being impatient. I've had someone overtake me in my car on a blind bend when I was waiting for a chance to safely overtake a cyclist.

Then you get pedestrians. Sometimes I think they deserve to be hit. One area I go to regularly is particularly hazardous for drivers. Pedestrians constantly walk out in front of you without looking or otherwise giving any indication of what they are going to do. I've seen mothers stand at the edge of curbs waiting to cross. They are safely on the curb but the pushchair is in the road - bus on its way down the road! Quite how I've never hit anyone or anything is beyond me. I think someone up there likes me lol. Glad I don't work round there anymore. Btw they have now reduced the speed limit to 20 to protect the pedestrians - doesn't work lol they just get hit a little slower.

19 Jul, 2014

 

Speed limits tend not to work unless they are enforced. Several years ago, the council 'reduced' the speed limit on our road from 40 mph by painting a '30' on the surface. They also have a permanent monitoring device to check levels and speed of traffic half way down the road. Guess what - the average speed is still 40!

19 Jul, 2014

 

Our road is 20 and mostly folks still go fast and normally it's the school run.

19 Jul, 2014

 

I now get tailgated on local roads - I don't fix the speed limits, but I certainly get bullied for abiding by them. One of the worst places is the supermarket car park - some people speed through that as if it's a highway!

19 Jul, 2014

 

I regularly get tailgated for sticking to speed limits. Yet all those people doing 40 in 30 zones generally hold me up on the faster roads lol. Drives me batty. You'd think they would at least speed consistently. It always amazes me when people speed up going into the slower limits!

People seem to be sort of sticking to the 20 limit but then there's a main police station in the centre of town lol. But it doesn't stop pedestrians walking out in front of cars.

19 Jul, 2014

 

makes me shudder when I see people casuaully crossing the road - especially when there's a crossing just a bit further along! They must tink they're armour-plated - and who'd get the blame if they were hit?

There was a report on the BBC news site about UK being one of the few countries where jaywalking is not a criminal offence; maybe we should rethink about "an englishamn's right to roam wherever he likes, even if that means he ends up under a bus"!!

20 Jul, 2014

 

Generally the driver gets the blame. Saying that my partner hit a young lad who, being stupid didn't bother to look before crossing and walked straight in front of the car - nothing my OH could do. Luckily he hadn't been going very quickly and didn't hit him hard. Bizarrely the lad got up fairly quickly and ran off - but his friends (also idiots when crossing, just slightly luckier idiots) stayed put while OH reported the incident to the police. The Police asked him if the car was damaged (it wasn't) and then asked to speak to the other lads who freely admitted it was their fault. My OH could clearly hear the officer having a right go at them over the phone for being idiots - much to our surprise. They told OH not to worry about it pretty much. Shook him up mind.

Got to ask - how did we go from a beautiful sunrise to idiots on the road lol?

20 Jul, 2014

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