D&D, cargo bike, summer, and gardens

The kids played Dungeons & Dragons at Geek Retreat in Aberdeen yesterday. This was their second time playing and they love it. They went with friends this time which would have made it even better. On Saturday afternoons you can book in for a beginner's session and learn how to play. Their first game was… Continue reading D&D, cargo bike, summer, and gardens

In the paper, cat news, a kilt in a cargo bike, Foodstory, and zombies

I'm in The Scottish Daily Record today in an article about the state of cycling in Scotland. This is in response to the tragic death of a young woman in Edinburgh this week. It's a good article that got a full double page spread and my photo spans from top to bottom of the paper!… Continue reading In the paper, cat news, a kilt in a cargo bike, Foodstory, and zombies

Tollohill Wood by bike

The one thing I find myself missing during this time of lockdown is long country walks up hills, past lochs, and through castles. I miss our weekends away and Sunday adventures. Last week on one of his bike rides, Ben discovered Tollohill Wood, a woodland only 2 miles from home. I never knew this place… Continue reading Tollohill Wood by bike

Tern GSD – electric cargo bike review

I've had the very great pleasure of testing a Tern GSD - an electric cargo bike - for a couple of days. I picked it up from Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative on Thursday evening and then flew home like I've never done before. Indeed on the way home I cycled up to some traffic lights where… Continue reading Tern GSD – electric cargo bike review

In our convertible on the hottest Easter ever

It was a hot weekend and since my bike, Hoss, is a convertible we went out on Saturday with the top down. Apparently it was the hottest Easter for our region since records began which is, sadly, a sign of things to come. It will continue getting hotter and hotter unless we get our emissions… Continue reading In our convertible on the hottest Easter ever

Strong, fit, and healthy

I love Saturdays. I feel so strong and energetic right now and the weekend is my time to get outside for some physical activity. Today I have been particularly active having spent my morning hefting huge bags of grit salt up the hill to the church. Several months ago the city council invited people to… Continue reading Strong, fit, and healthy

It’s 4C and I’m hot

I love our Saturday bike rides to Highland Dance for Elizabeth followed by lunch at Newton Dee. My bike told me it was 4C: But I got hot from the exercise. I feel so happy after a bike ride. We're so lucky to live somewhere we can cycle all year round. I love feeling the… Continue reading It’s 4C and I’m hot

In praise of my electric cargo trike

Elizabeth has been off school sick this week and not wanting to make her walk to school each day when we go with Daniel, I've been taking them in Hoss instead. It has been over a year since I stopped cycling the kids to and from school in Busby - now we walk. It's good… Continue reading In praise of my electric cargo trike

Making friends at school and cycling in the rain

It's tough when your kids don't have any friends at school. That has been the case for Daniel until this year. He was put into the wrong year when we first arrived and was the youngest in his class both in age and maturity. The children were all nice to him but they didn't view him… Continue reading Making friends at school and cycling in the rain

Harald has been Wapuued

I finally did it! I plastered Wapuu stickers all over Harald. These are the Wapuus of Europe. I also took another selfie of my sunflower which is now taller than I am. Five days ago it was about up to my eyes (pic here). Now it's over my head. I've discovered there's a downside to having a… Continue reading Harald has been Wapuued

More cycling in the rain

More rain today and so more cycling in the rain. This time to the beach. I was tempted to go in for a dip but I didn't have my bathers with me. Ben's thinking, "What on earth are those giant cotton reels behind me?" I have a new rain coat which got drenched. I saw this… Continue reading More cycling in the rain

Rain tent for a cargo bike and homeopathy

For a little while now I've been lusting after a new bicycle. I currently have my heart set on a Triobike. The main reason I want a new bike is because the kids are getting too tall to fit under the rain tent in Busby. However Bakfiets, makers of Busby, recently released a taller version… Continue reading Rain tent for a cargo bike and homeopathy

Cycling infrastructure in Aberdeen

We went for quite a stressful bike ride today. It was supposed to be a pleasant afternoon cycling along a newly discovered bike path but traffic and a lack of suitable crossings for bicycles made it stressful. I took a photo of one of the crossings we made to point out how inadequate it is for bicycles.… Continue reading Cycling infrastructure in Aberdeen

From Aberdeen to Crathes on Deeside Way

This is my last day of the five-day blogging challenge and because I've had quite an eventful day I'm going to post a number of photos. I am absolutely knackered. We went out for a cycle ride on Deeside Way today all the way out to Crathes. According to Map My Ride it was 22km… Continue reading From Aberdeen to Crathes on Deeside Way

Cargo bike seen in Aberdeen!

I've been nominated by Geoff Le Pard - a quick-witted author and blogger at TanGental - to participate in a five-day blogging challenge and I've accepted! The challenge is to publish a photograph on five consecutive days with an accompanying story or paragraph - fiction or non-fiction - to go with it. Here's day one! I took… Continue reading Cargo bike seen in Aberdeen!

I shave my armpits and the ice is still melting

I'm finding the school trip with Busby and two kids easier and easier. It's almost too short a journey for me now. Certain "Skeptics" (you know who you are) might mock me and my bicycle and all I have to say in response is that I have a damn fine set of legs now thanks to cycling everyday. So… Continue reading I shave my armpits and the ice is still melting