"The AWESOME HEN "

In Castle Coop, a tiny English village where nothing happens, what does everyone do? Read on and meet amongst others, the Agent and the Chairman of the Village Hall who barbecue, Bossy Brown Owl, Sir Plym and Lady Egality who throw fabulous parties, Trev the Rev who cares faithfully for all his parishioners, gardening guru, Lady Lohmann Brown, Col Pyncheon and Lady Sebright who love watching Foyle's War and Lady Liberty who is aiming to cycle to Paris..

The Die is Cast!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Pedal to Paris! | 6 comments

The Die is Cast!

The Die is Cast!

I’ve been for my last training ride.

I thought it would be miserable as it was starting to rain, but it turned out to be brilliant fun!

Under Starter’s Orders:

I was just putting on my helmet when Sir Plym appeared driving his lawnmower. He’d been cutting the grass in the churchyard and on the spur of the moment,  he challenged me to a race down The Street. The Agent drew up the course with the starting line at the church lych gate and the finish at the Ox and Moose. Lady Egality was in charge of waving the chequered flag, aka her hat.

We set off and I couldn’t believe it – it wasn’t even neck and neck.  I actually won outright by 3 lengths - even though Lady Egality said Sir Plym had his foot right down on the accelerator! I was absolutely thrilled!  Maybe I will be fast enough to keep up with everyone else on the Pedal2Paris.

Sir Plym racing

 

 An encouraging email:

I have been so anxious recently about riding slowly – every other cyclist I meet on the road seems to overtake me. However just after my race, I received an email from kind Dan, the Events Administrator for The Royal British Legion.

Please do not worry about your speed, I am sure you will be fine and find plenty of company in one of our speed groups and our ride captains (they’ll be the riders in red) are a fantastic help.

Don’t you think that is encouraging? It never occurred to me that there might be anyone slow in a ‘speed’ group – perhaps I’ll find a cycling buddy!
And…the thought of ride captains who ‘help’ is very reassuring.

A new shirt arrives!

There was also an exciting post this morning. The Royal British Legion has sent me an official shirt to wear!

cycling shirt 1

 

Isn’t the bit with the supporters cheering us all on, shouting, Bon Courage !  &  Allez ! fab ?
cycling shirt 2

 

 

The die is cast!

 

I’ve been for my last training ride. It is now too late for me to get any better at cycling, any fitter or any faster.

The die is cast!

Yours, beginning to get really excited,

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I have just found this message on the RBL’s Facebook page:
You’ve all been training so hard and putting so much time into fundraising for the Legion, we wanted to say ‘well done’
– and remind you of the important work the charity will be able to do thanks to your superb efforts. Give yourself a pat on the back!

 

I should like to pass my pat onto all those who have so kindly and generously sponsored me.
Thank you all so much!
RBL facts

Stop Press:

I’ve just been looking on the website of the Paris hotel where the RBL have kindly booked me a room to stay in on Sunday night should I actually manage to stagger up to the Arc de Triomphe..
Here is a promotional photograph showing what awaits me as a ‘leisure’ activity:
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Is someone having a laugh? 
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Juicing for Health!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Health and Wellbeing, Lady Egality, Lady Liberty Hen | 0 comments

Juicing for Health!

Juicing for Health!

 

I went to the library yesterday and came home with a book called, ‘Food and Juice for Health ‘.

 

On the front cover is a picture of two large glasses of red berry juice full of raspberries floating about. Doesn’t it look delicious? book juice

(Picture source: Photodisc)

The book’s strap line reads: ‘Everything you need to know to keep your body immune system and general wellbeing in perfect health”. It all sounded such useful information that without a moment’s hesitation, I passed my library card under the borrower’s bar-code scanner; five minutes later, the book was safely in my bag, travelling home.

 

Some depressing news:

In the afternoon, my dearest friend Lady Egality came over to warn me  that Brown Owl is on one of her campaigns to get us to volunteer to plan the Church Flower Arranging Rota. Immediately both of us felt absolutely worn out and headachy. Recently Lady Egality has been so busy training her scrumptious new puppy and I have been so taken up with the Pedal2Paris ride that neither of us have given a thought to our village responsibilities. It doesn’t seem that long ago since we last organised the dreaded flower rota – and apparently it’s our turn again already.

 

An infallible remedy:

Luckily, as my library find, ‘Food and Juice for Health‘ was lying on the kitchen table, a solution for our low spirits was within easy reach. Apparently, a juice made simply of broccoli, parsley, apples and celery and served in a glass over ice absolutely guarantees re-invigoration and provides a counter-blast to fits of depression.That’s amazing isn’t it?

In a jiffy, Lady E and I had set to work, assembling the magic potion.   Unfortunately, I didn’t have any broccoli, parsley, celery or ordinary apples, but we used our initiative and substituted cooking apples, carrots, strawberries, pineapple and melon. juice

 

By the time the first bit of power juice streamed into the jug, we were so interested, we forgot to worry about our headaches. juice 3

Don’t you think that the garnish of basil chosen by Lady E in lieu of the missing parsley looks professional? Looking at this photograph now, I realise I forgot all about the ice we were meant to add. juice 2

 

Lady Egality and I spent the next hour by the Aga, happily boosting our health and wellbeing with our power juice while discussing what to say to Brown Owl re the dreaded flower rota.

juice 4

Yours, now feeling zingy enough to begin ringing round Castle Coop with dates for the Church Flower Arrangers’ diaries so as to have the rota sorted before Brown Owl nabs us.

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Total Panic!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Pedal to Paris! | 4 comments

Total Panic!

Total Panic!

 

 

 

 

Today I found this picture on the Royal British Legion’s Facebook page:

 

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then I found this:

Hi All, just thought I’d introduce myself. I’m one of the Paramedics who will be riding with you to Paris. See you soon. Wiggy

and then this:

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All these riders from the Pedal2Paris 2013 ride, seem to be on stretcher tables although the girl in the foreground looks quite jolly which is something…

I am not very brave. I don’t mean to be ungrateful or rude, but I don’t want to see a Paramedic soon, even though Wiggy sounds absolutely charming.  Do you think I am over-reacting?

In just 2 weeks, I’ll find out if I’m a feckless grasshopper instead of a worthy ant…

Oh no!

Yours thinking I should find a paper bag to start hyperventilating into,

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And now I see that another new picture horror has just been posted onto the Royal British Legion’s Pedal 2 Paris Facebook page:

Pedal 2 Paris stretches

 

I think this is called ‘showing off ‘, don’t you? The cyclist is smiling for goodness’ sake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Time to Put the Pressure On!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Pedal to Paris! | 6 comments

It’s Time to Put the Pressure On!

It’s Time to Put the Pressure On!

 

I’m having some qualms about cycling to Paris. Look what’s been posted on the Royal British Legion’s Facebook page:

Less than three weeks to the starting pistol, how’s the training going?

Are you working on your average speed, long distances, uphill slogging (we’ve heard the approach to Dover is tough) – or are you putting your feet up and preserving your energy?

pedal2Paris week 3

That word ‘slogging’ sounds dubious; don’t you think the RBL gurus are trying to tell me something? I sense the bit about putting my feet up and preserving my energy is code for LOL.

The comments that other Pedal2Paris riders are leaving on the RBL Facebook page are also giving me pause for thought. Several mention 100 mile + training rides which ‘help to get saddle time’.

 Oh no…. And now the Agent has kitted me out so beautifully, I can’t even blame my tools.

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Yours feeling quite sick about that approach to Dover,

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