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Green Juice!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty's Quest for Health and Fitness | 4 comments

Green Juice!

Green Juice!

 

The Agent, my dear partner in Life, has been behaving in a most peculiar fashion recently. I can’t think what has come over him. Every now and then I catch him giving me surreptitious odd looks and when we were at the supermarket this morning, he suggested I should stay in the car even though the shopping list was massive. I’m getting quite worried about him and feel guilty that I’ve been too busy to find out what’s wrong.

 

A busy week:

Since I returned from pedalling to Paris, I’ve been researching green juices. It’s been absolutely fascinating. There are several web-sites devoted to juices and their health benefits and from them and from books, I’ve gleaned all sorts of amazing facts about green juice, vegetables, vitamins and nutrients.

LLH reading abut nutrientsJust look at all this info!

Broccoli:

Apparently broccoli has as much calcium as milk, lots of fibre and vitamin C  and is a nutrient powerhouse. Wow!

Source: Innocent smoothie recipe book,

 

Cucumber:

Cucumbers are another powerhouse. They “re-hydrate , cleanse, tone and wash away toxins, strengthening hair & nails and are anti- inflammatory all at the same time”.  Multi-tasking!

Source: Carey Kingsbury who blogs  at myjuicecleanse.com .

 

Celery:

“The health benefits of celery are more than just lowering blood pressure. They also contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds to combat cancer”.

Source: Sara Ding of ‘Juicing for Health’   Hurrah!

 

Ms. Kingsbury & Ms Ding are mines of information about juicing and nutrients.

 

Spinach:

“Spinach juice contains 3.1 mg of iron per 3.5 oz. serving, which is quite high for a non-animal-based food. Having healthy iron intake promotes blood health and prevents anemia. A 3.5 oz. serving of spinach juice offers 51 mg of phosphorus. This high amount of phosphorus is a particularly valuable spinach juice benefit because … phosphorus supports strong bones and teeth and promotes kidney health.” Magic!

source: www.ehow.com

 

Green juice recipe:

After thoroughly enjoying myself all week, experimenting with juicing different combinations of the above,

making green juice

 

 

I am delighted to report that, should you wish to try a recipe for green juice,

a large cupful of spinach

a very small piece of celery

2 green apples

a small bit of ginger root
small bunch of parsley
a few broccoli florets
1 cucumber

all juiced up together, make a delicious and extremely healthful drink.

 

magic green juice 1

 

Warning: IMO, adding too much celery just makes one long for a Bloody Mary.

 

Something is definitely wrong:

I do wish I knew what is the matter with The Agent but I shall try & find out over supper. Having drunk several glasses of green juice this week, I feel absolutely terrific & yet he’s just asked me if I think I could be at all bilious. What on earth has prompted that? I wonder if he’s worrying that he’s coming down with flu.

Perhaps I should book him an appointment to see the doctor just to be on the safe side.

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Yours wishing I knew what is wrong,

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Xtending my Efforts!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Lady Liberty's Quest for Health and Fitness | 2 comments

Xtending my Efforts!

Xtending my Efforts!

 

Determined not to fall off the Keep Fit & Stretchy straight and narrow, I have been very busy xtending my efforts.

 

Xtend Barre Workout:

I gather that Xtend barre promotes grace and flexibility and will strengthen and lengthen in an exciting new way! Here is the instructor, Ms. Andrea Rogers, looking very graceful and flexible and also rather strong and long.

 

 

I can’t wait to be just like Ms. Rogers! I can’t wait to be strong and long. I can’t wait to have a chiselled body!

ballet xtend barre 2

 

Here I am in the same pose:

Xtend Barre efforts

 

 

Looking this picture (and I’m trying to be objective), it doesn’t seem as though I’ve xtended in quite the same impressive way as Ms. Rogers. I can’t see many signs of much lengthening, strengthening and chiselling going on, let alone grace and flexibility. Actually, I just seem round.

Yours, feeling rather dejected,

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Pedal2Paris was AWESOME!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 16 comments

Pedal2Paris was AWESOME!

 

PEDAL2PARIS 2014

WITH THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

WAS

AWESOME!!!!

 

The Route!


View Pedal to Paris in a larger map

THE

CAUSE

WAS

AWESOME!!!

Wreaths were laid to commemorate those who died:

Pedal2Paris wreaths

and funds raised to support for those who survive:

RBL cause

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ajzy9fjfLtU

(youtube video source: The Royal British Legion) 

THE GENEROSITY OF MY

KIND SPONSORS

WAS

AWESOME!!!

 

TAH donations 5

THE

ROYAL

BRITISH

LEGION’S

LEGENDARY ORGANISATION AND SUPPORT TEAMS

WERE

AWESOME!!!

Pedal2Paris crew 1

 (photo credit: Dave Hayward)

 

 

MY

FELLOW CYCLISTS

WERE

AWESOME!!!

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 (photo credit: Dave Hayward):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysrMJjG_ANk

(Youtube video source: British Forces News)

THE WELCOME OUR

FRENCH HOSTS

GAVE US

WAS

AWESOME!!!

They welcomed us with ceremonies at their war memorials in Calais:

P2P Calais war memorial

Abbeville:

P2P Abbeyville

Beauvais:

P2P Beauvais

 and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris:

P2P tomb of unknow soldier 1

 

  (photo credits: Dave Hayward)

with bunting in Auchy la Montagne

Pedal2Paris, Auchy la Montagne1

and with a feature article written by Monique Biéri the ‘Courrier Picard ‘ at Poix de Picardie:

Pedal2Paris article1

THE

CONSTANT SUPPORT

I WAS GIVEN

BY MY FAMILY & FRIENDS

WAS

AWESOME!!!

both before:

Pedal2Paris good luck cards1

and afterwards:

 

Peda2Paris flowers

 

 

 

W. L. S.

(WHO SURVIVED FIGHTING ON THE FRONT LINE IN 2ND YPRES IN 1915

& IN WHOSE MEMORY

I PEDALLED TO PARIS)

WAS

AWESOME!!!

both in his youth:

WLS 9

and in his old age:

WLS

 

 

THANK YOU ALL SO, SO MUCH!

 

 

 

Yours feeling absolutely thrilled to have been part of The Royal British Legion’s Pedal2Paris ride, 2014,

Pedal2Paris 2014 1

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Pedal2Paris Day 4!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 2 comments

Pedal2Paris Day 4!

 

 

 

Pedal2Paris Day 4!

 

Day 4: Beauvais to Paris (100.8km)

taken from the  P2P itinerary – The Royal British Legion.

Enjoy the mounting sense of anticipation as you leave Beauvais for the final stretch to Paris. After lunch, you will merge together into one massive peloton for your triumphant entry into Paris.

From the outskirts of the city, Paris police accompany you, sirens blaring, as you wind through city streets to your final destination. Your first view of the Arc de Triomphe as you turn the corner is a magical moment that you will never forget. We are the only bike ride other than the Tour de France that the roads around the Arc are closed fo and cycling around this iconic monument with 300 cyclists is thrilling end to your exhilarating, unforgettable adventure.

But it’s not quite over yet. Before celebrations begin you will, as a group, parade up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the iconic Arc. During a poignant ceremony, cycling becomes secondary for a few minutes as we remember all those in our Armed Forces who are away from home serving their country – some of them in difficult and dangerous surroundings. What better way to “Stand shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve”?.

But the evening is all about celebration as we toast your fantastic achievement! As your bike heads back to London, you travel by coach to your hotel and a final celebratory dinner together, hosted by The Royal British Legion.

 
 Day 4 – 7.00am breakfast 7.30pm coach pick up from hotels Departures at 8.30am…
Day 4 – Beauvais to Menucourt
34.9 mi – about 1 hour 4 mins
Menucourt
Day 4 – 11.40am -12.30pm lunch; 1.00pm All leave together for Paris
Day 4 Menucourt to Paris
26.9 mi – about 1 hour 13 mins
Paris
Day 4 3.24pm Arrive Arc de Triomphe 3.25-4.00pm Celebration and medal presentations 4.30pm Remembrance Ceremony at Arc de Triomphe 5.00pm Depart Arc de Triomphe 5.25pm ARrive at Hôtel National des Inv…

 

Pedal2Paris Map Day 4

and here are the very last hills for our trip:

Pedal2Paris Day 4 hills

 

 

 

Yours thrilled to bits to be in Paris! 

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Pedal2Paris Day 3!

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 0 comments

Pedal2Paris Day 3!

 

 

 

Pedal2Paris Day 3!

 

Information taken from: P2P itinerary – The Royal British Legion.

Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais (106.9km)

Following a rousing send-off from the people of Abbeville, we continue our cycling by heading south through the Somme region.

The Somme is remembered for the terrible battles of the First World War and the beautiful countryside is studded with cemeteries and other poignant reminders of the thousands of men who lost their lives. You will continue through the Oise Region of Picardie and in the afternoon there will be a special reception at the small village of Auchy La Montagne, where each year the villagers give us a wonderful welcome in thanks for their liberation by British Forces in the Second World War.

The day ends with a ceremony at the war memorial in Beauvais followed by a drinks reception at the Fire Station, before coaches take you to your hotels.

 

 Day 3 – 7.00am breakfast in hotels 7.40am coach from Cap Hornu 8.00am coaches from Ibis and Mecure hotels 8.45am War Memorial ceremonyDepartures at 9.00am, 9.45am and 10.00am
Day 3 – Abbeville to Poix de Picardie
30.1 mi – about 1 hour 2 mins
Poix de Picardie
Day 3 – arrive 11.55am-12.35pm for lunch Departures at 1.00pm, 1.30pm and 1.45pm
Day 3 – Poix de Picardie to Auchy la Montagne
24.5 mi – about 46 mins
Auchy la Montagne
Day 3 – 3.00-3.40pm Arrive Auchy la Montagne, regroup and drinks 4.30 pm depart in one group
Day 3 – Auchy la Montagne to Beauvais
11.5 mi – about 20 mins
Beauvais
Day 3 – 5.30pm arrive Beauvais War Memorial for ceremony 6.10pm arrive fire station for bike storage and coaches to hotel.

 

Peda2Paris Map Day 3

 

Here is the map for the hills:

Pedal2Paris Day 3 hills

 

 

 

Yours with only one more day to go until PARIS!!!

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Pedal2Paris Day 2!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 2 comments

Pedal2Paris Day 2!

Pedal2Paris Day 2!

 

Information taken from: P2P itinerary – The Royal British Legion.

 

Day 2: Calais to Abbeville (120.9km)

A moving ceremony at the Calais War Memorial begins our first day in France. After laying a wreath of Remembrance, set off south-west through the beautiful undulating fields and open countryside of the Pas de Calais region. Cycling is the national sport of France and you’ll receive a warm welcome with locals cheering and waving you on your way.

Rolling road-closures and our fleet of support vehicles make sure you need stop for no-one as you cycle to ancient Desevres for lunch. You’ll then pass through the picturesque villages of Roussent and Crécy-en-Ponthieu. Our final leg of the day will bring you to the stunning town of  Abbeville, which lies on the River Somme. Abbeville suffered badly in a German air raid in WW2 but its beautiful Flemish-style architecture is still in evidence.

 

Calais Town Hall
Day 2 – 7.00am Breakfast in hotels 7.30am Coach pick-up from hotels to Town Hall
and bike storage 8.30am War Memorial ceremony; Departures at 9.00am, 9.45am and 10.00am
Day 2 – Calais to Desvres
29.1 mi – about 57 mins
Desvres
Day 2 Lunch 11.15 – 11.50am Departure at 12.30, 1.15 and 1.30pm
Day 2 – Desvres to Roussent
28.2 mi – about 51 mins
Roussent
Day 2 – 2.35 to 3.21pm
Day 2 – Roussent to Crècy-en-Ponthieu
14.6 mi – about 37 mins
Crècy-en-Ponthieu pit stop
Crècy-en-Ponthieu to Abbeville
13.8 mi – about 32 mins
Abbeville
Day 2 – 6.05pm arrive in Abbeville – bike storage and coaches to hotels

Pedal2Paris Map Day 2

 

and this is what the hills will be like:

Pedal2Paris Day 2 hills

 

 

Yours very pro the ‘plain sailing bits’,

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Pedal2Paris Day 1

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 4 comments

Pedal2Paris Day 1

 

 

 

Pedal2Paris Day 1

 

 

 

Information taken from : P2P itinerary – The Royal British Legion..

Pedal to Paris
The Royal British Legion’s signature bike ride. 300 cyclists on a 4-day ride to Paris with a triumphant finish at the Arc de Triomphe. The starting point is Greenwich Park. Please note: Google maps add the distance and DRIVING time to this map. Cycling time is not included.
Day 1: London to Calais (129km)
Leave the capital bright and early from Greenwich Park, accompanied by our motorbike outriders, and head for the coast through some of Kent’s finest scenery.
Start – Greenwich Park
Registration 6.30-7.30am; photo shoot 7.30am; start at 8.00am
Day 1 – Greenwich to Aylesford
28.4 mi – about 1 hour 5 mins
Royal British Legion Village, Alyesford
9.45-10.45am tea stop 10.45, 11.00 and 11.15 departures
Day 1 – Aylesford to Sellindge
28.4 mi – about 54 mins
Sellindge Sports and Social Club
1.00pm-2.00pm Lunch Departures at 2.00pm, 2.15pm and 2.30pm
Day 1 – final leg to Dover
20.3 mi – about 39 mins
Dover
3.00-3.30pm break at Dover Port and P&O ferry registration; 3.25pm group leaves for 4.40pm ferry; dinner on ferry
Ferry to Calais
7.30pm (local time) arrival at Calais

 

Pedal2Paris Map Day 1

 

There’s been a lot of talk on here about tough hills, so we asked the super-efficient P2P organisers to highlight key elevation moments that might be challenging. Here’s what they told us…

Pedal2Paris Day 1 hills

 

 

Yours, not quite believing that I’m really on my way!

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The Die is Cast!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 10 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 a suggested  ‘leisure’ activity:
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Juicing for Health!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty's Quest for Health and Fitness | 0 comments

Juicing for Health!

Juicing for Health!

 

In an effort to pin down a bit of Health and Wellbeing for myself, I decided I need to approach it from the inside out. In the library yesterday, I came across 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 delicious 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, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 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, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 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.

panic attack1

Yours feeling quite sick about that approach to Dover,

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The Princess and the Pea formula

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 2 comments

The Princess and the Pea formula

The Princess and the Pea formula

When I went up to London last week on my officially sanctioned shopping trip to buy things to cycle to Paris with, my mind was pretty focused. Not only had I been studying advice on cycling web-sites but I had also found a new email waiting for me from kind Graham, the Events Manager for the Royal British Legion. He recommended I should give an eye to Social Media.

 

Dear Liberty Hen

Pedal to Paris on Social Media

We’d like to invite you to like our RBL Bike Rides Facebook page and join our Pedal to Paris Event group where you can talk to fellow cyclists about anything and everything related to cycling! This is a great way to get to know other cyclists before the ride and share your experiences on the ride with your friends and family.

On Facebook and Twitter, the voice of experience drops pearls of wisdom for Pedal to Paris newbies such as myself to pick up.

With only 140 characters to play with on  Twitter, no-one pulls any punches.

Q: What should one expect on a Long Distance Ride?

A: A sore butt.

Oh no…not again ..I’ve already been there  when I couldn’t sit down for ages! How thankful am I that the Agent is a firm believer in the great Scouting Motto, ‘Be Prepared’ & took me shopping!

Don’t you agree that even prosaic items look alluring when arranged in their neat rows on these display stands?

bicycle nirvana

 

 

 I am thoroughly kitted out:

When the Agent & I  stepped into Pedalling Nirvana in Spitalfields, he decided – with my total support - to tackle the sore butt hazard first.

Bearing in mind the approved mathematical Princess and the Pea formula ( hardness of pea  < comfort of princess lying on top of millions of mattresses), I now possess not only a gel saddle cover  – most kindly given to me by my dear neighbours but also some very, very heavily padded Agent-approved leggings (hardness of saddle  < total comfort of Liberty Hen sitting on equivalent of masses of heavy-duty cushions).

 

In addition, I am now dashingly kitted up with a co-ordinating jacket to wear over my yellow vest & some cycling gloves. Here is my new wardrobe (which might not be making the cover of Vogue magazine any time soon):

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I am also the proud owner of an accessory stash.

bike stuff

 

 

 

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my fluorescent dayglo hue doesn’t startle learner drivers. The Agent says that it is quite likely a fellow cyclist will mistake me for a wasp.

Yours hoping no-one swats me,

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Spam comments

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Castle Coop Life | 0 comments

Spam comments

 

Spam comments

 

I am curious –  do spammers really feel they get a pay back after all the bother they go to leaving me fake comments left, right & centre? WordPress says the need to raise page ranking in search engines gives rise to the need to create a lot of links to a web page so the search engine thinks that page is important.  Most of my spammers’ links are for fake football jerseys; I worry they’re targeting the wrong person as actually, I don’t often need a  fake football jersey.

 

 

My spammers seem to be a pretty friendly lot. Mostly they say nice things in extraordinary English & don’t bear a grudge when I press the delete zapper. As a polite gesture, I preserve a few of their inventive & extravagant comments before they end up in the trash bin forever.

 

trashcan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Be good!/be a man/be cool!  (I’m ready to try although there is a gender difficulty.)

 

2. Cheerleaders uniforms, are actually large role way to indicate to class internal as oneness. 

 

3. You are the savior of my life.

 

4. I intended to send you a bit of remark to say thanks again with your magnificent opinions you’ve discussed above. It’s certainly unbelievably open-handed .

 

5. almost certainly he decided he can get travel world wide suggesting to his hypothetically experience at murder. almost for example joining confession void of any penance. yet, as any happy client might well have expected, this valuable backfired availa…

 

6. Thank you for your site post. Brown and I have already been saving to get a new guide on this matter and your writing has made us all to save the money. Your ideas really solved all our questions. In fact, in excess of what we had recognized ahead of t…

I’m very glad to have saved No. 3’s life &  I love the idea of telling the Agent that my opinions are ‘magnificent’  but who is Brown  (No. 6) and on what matter do the two of them need guidance? How have I helped save them money?

If you know who Brown is, do, please tell me..

Yours interestedly,

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Paris is only 4 weeks away!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Castle Coop Life, Lady Liberty Pedals to Paris! She made it! | 12 comments

Paris is only 4 weeks away!

 

Paris is only 4 weeks away!

The final countdown for the Poppy Bike ride has begun.

 

 

The Royal British Legion has just published this message on its facebook page:

 

There's less than one month to go before Pedal 2 Paris and we hope you're all looking forward to it. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Before you get together for the first time on 4 September, we'd like you to introduce yourselves – who you are, where you're based and why you've decided to ride for the Legion…
I’m not sure whether to be excited or alarmed.  
Do you think this reminder is intended to be encouraging or unnerving?

After months and months of thinking about the ‘Pedal to Paris ride’, suddenly, it’s almost upon me.  I don’t know whether I will have trained enough or not. I do hope I will have done so but …I have qualms.

 

What should my priorities be for my last-minute ‘Pedal to Paris’ preparations?

Given that I’ve only a month left for last-minute tweaks to my training schedule, I googled the web last weekend to find out what the well-prepared cyclist prioritizes. What would you make of these bits of advice?
  •  …cyclists training for long-distance rides should push themselves to the limits to prepare. You should reach your VO2 max, or maximum oxygen consumption capabilities, during training to evaluate your ability to successfully complete a long bike ride. (Ms. Linda Ray)

Oh no! I can’t say that I’ve exactly pushed myself ‘to the limits’ during my carefree whizzes through the country lanes around Castle Coop – I’ve never even heard of ‘VO2 max’ before and I still walk rather than ride my bike up some of the hills.

  • One thing that some cyclists do are longer bike rides. These might be multi day trips or one really long ride of a hundred miles or more. ( Ms. Ava Connor)

100 miles or more? HA HA LOL . Like that’s going to happen….

  • Long distance cycling is more mental than physical…. it’s the mind and the desire to persevere that forces a cyclist onwards. Having a positive attitude keeps a person going forward and over the next hill. (Articlesbase)
…more mental than physical – what???? I’ve less than a month to go and now they tell me that all this time I should have been training my brain to pedal to Paris….

 

Now that sounds much more do-able…. An officially sanctioned shopping trip – yay, I can manage that!

A Trip to London:

No sooner had I read  that I should get my gear together for the Pedal to Paris ride (as a priority) than I found myself nipping onto a train to go to a bicycle shop in the City, near Liverpool Street.

 

south west trains

I thought a day shopping in London would be fun and it was! I love the people in their amazing clothes, the shop window displays, the buses, the bustle and all the colour & noise. It’s such an exciting city to be in!

Guess which shopper is me!

London shoppers 2

Nirvana!

Yours having come home completely laden with exciting bags full of things to pedal to Paris with,

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August 4th: 1914 – 2014

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August 4th: 1914 – 2014

August 4th: 1914 – 2014

 

‘The lamps are going out all over Europe…’

(Sir Edward Grey, Britain’s Foreign Minister, August 4th 1914)

To commemorate the centenary of the Declaration of WW1 August 4th, 1914, tonight the lights were turned off in London. The Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral were all in darkness from 10.00pm. In Westminster Abbey, candles were snuffed out one by one until the only gleam of light came from a burning oil lamp by the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Having gathered together around the village flag pole to watch the Union Jack lowered as the Last Post played, villagers here in Castle Coop also switched off all the lights in our homes bar one between 10.00 and 11.00. so that we could join in the nation-wide tribute to those who died.

one lit window

 

 

Yours, thinking about everything that happened one hundred years ago,

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