Monthly Archives: June 2014

On Walking

They say that walking is meant to be the best exercise – low impact, easy to do, generally good for your heart and circulation, and what’s more it burns nearly as many calories as running. It is also inexpensive, requiring no equipment to speak of – not even shoes, really, if you happen to be…

Hastings by Twilight

I broke from my routine yesterday and went for a spin in the low light of evening rather than before sunrise – and what a lovely change that made: Hastings by twilight. I felt as though I were  rediscovering the place, or seeing it for the first time. Being the early riser that I am…

Those First Magical Rides

I had company on my ride the other day – my eleven-year-old daughter Ella, who was out for a spin for the first time on a road bike. We went about eight miles along the seafront. She had been reading, wistfully, in her beloved Enid Blyton novels about kids going off on adventures on their…

Hastings Old Town – Midsummer Night

As part of my new resolution to showcase the town and countryside where I live and ride – but without a cyclist in every frame – I went up East Hill last night with the idea of photographing Hastings Old Town by twilight. Since this was also midsummer night, the shortest night (and longest evening)…

The Orkney Islands

Summer is the touring season and so, following on from some of the other photo galleries I have posted in the past week since I redesigned my blog, I have made a slide show of one of my favourite places in the world to ride a touring bicycle – the Orkney Islands, the fertile green…

On Being A Pencil Pusher

I always knew there was a reason I did more writing than photography in the course of my career although in the day to day grind of living I tend to forget just why this was so. I was reminded of it in a big way, though, this morning when I loaded up my bicycle…

Cafe Stop – Vienna

Long ago, when I rode my bicycle to Istanbul, I had a very pleasant week-long cafe-stop in Vienna during which time my wife flew out to join me – she may not be a cyclist herself, but she values and has an appreciation for cafe stops nonetheless and few places in the world do cafes…

New Format – My Bicycle and I

As you can see I have created a new format for my blog – a change that was foisted upon me when the old theme I was using for some reason decided it would no longer allow me to upload photos at all. When I tried to fix that by updating the theme, I lost…

Honey Moon over Eastbourne

Honey Moon over Eastbourne and Beachy Head, East Sussex, England 13 June 2014

This morning’s full moon was something of a rare event – a ‘honey moon’ on Friday the 13th. A ‘honey moon’ is the full moon nearest the summer solstice, when the sun is at its highest in the sky and the moon is skirting shyly along the edges of the horizon.  Being so low in…

Hastings seafront

Up with the sparrows this morning and out the door before sunrise, which this time of year is 4:44am here at Hastings. I took my heavy expedition tourer, loaded up with cameras, lenses and tripods, so I could do a bit of shooting by the seaside. This time no selfies though, no cyclist in the…