D-1. That is we pick up our Piaggio MP3 trike tomorrow. A perfect day. New bike, two new helmets, a day off and, why not?, a drive to Jen’s in Gloucester possibly over the old Severn Bridge, along the Wye Valley, across the Severn up north and then down to Jen. C will knock up a packed lunch and it will be a lovely day.
Except. Tomorrow the temperature in Bristol is going to be 4 degrees. And there is a 100% chance of rain. Brilliant. Just what we needed.
What is wrong with this country? It’s been a constant 7 degrees all weekend. I spent Saturday morning with a school near Farnham interviewing sixth formers, looking at student leadership possibilities. I was accompanied by a young woman from a different company. At the end of the 3-hour session I escorted her to her taxi. We waited in the car park for five minutes and then I waved her off. Without wanting to display panic, I waited for the taxi to leave. And then I jumped in the car, turned the heater up to full-blast and roasted myself back to Godalming. I was that cold.
But, the BBC tell me it’s going to get warmer towards the end of the week. Well, let’s hope it sticks around for a bit.
We had a lovely weekend in Godalming with Mary. She had lots of interesting visitors and C and I caught up with old pals and met new people. It was great. Mary even had the heating on!
You’ll want to know that the BBC have sent me a very nice, but ultimately negative reply reference Unsuspecting Hero‘s screenplay. I’m not surprised, but I can’t hide my disappointment – thankfully we’re picking up our new toy tomorrow and have a lovely day planned enjoying the British countryside! Oh. Oh, well. That’s not going to happen. Bugger.
Am I bovered? It sounds like it, but in reality we’re fine. I have to say I’m really looking forward to finishing work in mid-July and having the freedom to do my own thing without the constraints of a timetable. And, if I let myself go, I’m v excited about having the bike (and C is!) – we hope to use it to explore a lot of the local countryside. And maybe by our late autumn break to Spain we’ll have a towbar and trailer for the bike. How exciting is that?