Southampton Common cycles, cygnets and a Skyride finale

image

12 June 2016

Our first port of call on The Common was Cemetery Lake. The last time I tried to visit it was back in December and the ground was so boggy I hadn’t been able to get across the grass to the observation area and the path around the perimeter was thick with mud. In the end I’d had to content myself with a Christmas card Robin sitting on the fence. Today the grass was wet from the recent shower but walkable. CJ and I headed for the gate. Continue reading Southampton Common cycles, cygnets and a Skyride finale

Skyride Sunday

image

12 June 2016

John, the Itchen Spitfire’s founder, volunteered to organise marshals for this year’s Southampton Skyride so, today, there were an unusually large number of Itchen Spitfires lining the streets of Southampton. They were all dressed in eye popping pink t-shirts. Amongst them was Commando. He left rather early this morning while I was still drinking hot chocolate and rubbing the sleep from my eyes. At a more reasonable hour CJ and I walked over to town for a little Spitfire spotting. Continue reading Skyride Sunday

2015 new places and new things in old places

image

30 December 2015

If summer 2015 had a lesson for me it seemed to be that I should take a closer look at the places I thought I knew well. There certainly turned out to be a few surprises in store when  I did. I also learned that the best way to find something was to stop looking for it when my frustratingly unsuccessful cygnet hunt came to an unexpected end.
Continue reading 2015 new places and new things in old places