I haven’t written on this blog for a while, in truth there hasn’t been a lot to write. The eat, sleep, work, ride, repeat nature of life during a global pandemic didn’t exactly generate lots of interesting things to write about. Covid put paid to the chances of any new and exciting experiences, birthdays and holidays were missed out on and Christmas was a bit of a damp squib. However, I sit here (in a freshly decorated home office) feeling grateful that my family are happy, healthy and, while far from wealthy, we have fairly secure jobs and a roof over our heads. Compared to some less fortunate, that is something to be thankful for.
The only thing of real note that has happened, albeit with less fanfare/protest than originally expected, is Brexit. As the bells rang in 2021, I ceased to be an EU citizen, though still European. It isn’t something that sits well with me, I always thought the straight in/out vote was too extreme and that the benefits of being in the EU warranted a more collaborative course to reform and evolve the EU. Personally, I voted remain. While I was never too enamoured with the bureaucrats of the EU (I don’t like them here either!) I love the countries and the people of Europe and I want my kids to grow up with that same love of a wonderful and diverse continent. Plus, it has many excellent bike races to attend!
So here I sit, in my new home office with a distinct cycling feel to it. You wouldn’t expect anything less, would you?
The Band of Climbers prints represent my home (Surrey) and my northern roots through my Dad (Lake District)
The ‘2021 Plans’ page of my notebook has a lot of asterisks on it, a lot of ‘maybes’. Nobody really knows what is going to happen this year but here’s what I’m aiming at!
……then ????? Who knows?! I’d like to get up to the Lakes to ride some of the roads my Dad would have ridden on his old boneshaker bike when he was a boy in the 50s. I really feel like I need to reconnect with that part of my heritage, it will be 10 years this year since my Dad passed away.
Whatever happens, I’m planning to make 2021 into some kind of success. There are still goals that can be achieved and new things that can be learned. Keep those spirits up and we’ll see you on the other side!
Here’s a selection of photos from my travels over the past few months…..
All the best for 2021, the only way is up, right?!