|At Ballyduff Bridge in Hi-Viz!|
We did some gardening and planted some new shrubs in a bed near the patio and I finally got out on my bike for some longish cycles around the beautiful countryside. I've been very bad with getting going on the bike and hubby Jan's put me to shame by keeping up his cycling during the winter, but this is my first week of proper cycling, apart from trips to the shops for the messages (a Hiberno-English expression for grocery shopping).
Like everything I tend to defer the moment but once I get started I'll be on track for a few times a week and aim at the Sean Kelly Challenge 50km charity cycle in late August. This will be the third year I'll be doing this event and I've enjoyed it immensely for the past two years. You can read about 2010 and 2011, and watch this space for 2012.
I came home from work two consecutive evenings and went out on the bike for about an hour, doing the same circuit of 15.2km both evenings and glad to see I'd knocked a minute and a half off my time the second day. Yesterday I went for a longer cycle of 22.5km and didn't expect to do too well time-wise as there was a strong headwind on the home stretch, so I was pleased with the end result.
|The River Blackwater at Ballyduff - towards Fermoy|
|River Blackwater at Ballyduff - towards Lismore|
|Cappoquin - R. Blackwater and the old Railway Bridge|
|New Cordylines and old banana trees|
|The Knockmealdown Mountains from Glencairn|
Here are some of the lovely scenes around Lismore and Cappoquin and Ballyduff, and our newly planted shrubbery out in the back garden. Hopefully the banana trees will flourish again this year with a nearly-frostfree winter, and the cordylines will thrive and grow.
|My trusty steed - nameless|
|Ben and our newly planted garden|
|Dromana House at Villierstown|
|River Blackwater from Cappoquin|
|Reflections from the Kitchen Hole, near Cappoquin|