Nothing Like a Little Jaunt. . . Bristol via Muchelney . . . then Offa’s Dyke with Bikes

Ollie and I are going cycling tomorrow, but today, on my way to fetch him from school, I swung into Taunton to replace a mislaid map. I was sure they have a Waterstones. Hooray, they did and so I shall now be able to find the Gospel pass which teeters from Hay-on-Wye in the magnificent shadow of Offa’s Dyke through to Capel y Fin. . . . and if the weather is clement and our bottoms sufficiently padded and blood sugar levels precisely sustained, who knows, we may make it to Abergavenny?

I was also cheered by noticing I could divert easily to Langport and thence to the wonderful cider distillery near Muchelney.
At last I now have my long awaited cider brandy, a memorable visit to Muchelney Abbey and Parish church and some lovely photos to share. This before I have even put tyre to tarmac!

This evening Ollie and I have had a very happy time divided haphazardly between bike fixing, packing, team cooking, discussing tree climbing, watching Narnia and singing, playing the piano, ( Ollie is astonishingly good for only having a term of lessons ) planning my own piano return, and dreaming our way to becoming Real, as in the Velveteen Rabbit.

What a lovely bedtime story.

On being Real. . .

“Does it hurt?” Asked the Rabbit

“Sometimes” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

How does one read out loud when the throat is choked?

Anyway, while I have wifi I can post some of today’s little adventure and no doubt there will be some great bikers on bikes to follow.

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