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A very well behaved family of swans in Long Water, Home Park, Hampton Court.

We booked a timed slot for Hampton Court gardens and it was glorious - so few people* and so few aircraft.

* in the gardens. Plenty of large groups on the Thames towpath with not very much social distancing in evidence.
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JohnToo wrote:
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A very well behaved family of swans in Long Water, Home Park, Hampton Court.

We booked a timed slot for Hampton Court gardens and it was glorious - so few people* and so few aircraft.

* in the gardens. Plenty of large groups on the Thames towpath with not very much social distancing in evidence.
ah! you were on my manor*. You should have dropped in 😂

*Have I got that right? I learned cockney from George Cole.
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Joan wrote:
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ah! you were on my manor*. You should have dropped in 😂

*Have I got that right? I learned cockney from George Cole.
Cockney?
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LowlifeDes wrote:
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Cockney?
Sorry, did I say George Cole? I meant Jamie Oliver.
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Incentive for mini Ransos to finish her maths...
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Someone is spoilt 😂
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Well, that's a new one...

Post by Joan » 1 year ago

I got tooted yesterday for not holding someone up!
The opposite lane was closed to through traffic, there were no cars in, I was going to turn right anyway and there are plenty of escape routes, so I just moved into "on coming traffic" (there was none) to let the cars behind me move faster. A few moments later a hear an angry toot, and turn to see a man gesturing because I am on the wrong side of the road...the wrong side of the road that is blocked and has no cars in it.
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Some people seem to be looking for something to get angry about.
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Joan wrote:
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I got tooted yesterday for not holding someone up!
The opposite lane was closed to through traffic, there were no cars in, I was going to turn right anyway and there are plenty of escape routes, so I just moved into "on coming traffic" (there was none) to let the cars behind me move faster. A few moments later a hear an angry toot, and turn to see a man gesturing because I am on the wrong side of the road...the wrong side of the road that is blocked and has no cars in it.
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Some people seem to be looking for something to get angry about.
He was probably on his way to (or from) the anti-face covering rally at Speaker's Corner. It was quite the gammon gathering I believe...
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Unexpected bonus on a post-lockdown long weekend away to treat one of our daughters, at a cottage on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. This is quarry access road and when they've finished work for the day they lock the gate. So you then have 5 miles of mountainous but construction-traffic-graded tarmac, guaranteed traffic free. Bliss.
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(The hump on the skyline is Pen-y-Fan)

Except that that at the top, the tarmac gives way to rough stone. Not the perfect terrain for Bromptons but I took satisfaction from the look on the faces of a couple of mountain bikers with all the protective gear and 2-inch-plus tyres when they met me (civvy clothes, no helmet) on my Brompton up there.
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Post by JohnToo » 10 months ago

A few days walking Up North, in the middle of which I visited my sister and BiL near Carlisle, and, leaving them mid-afternoon, with the Brompton in the boot, what else could I conceivably do but...
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The last time (well, the only previous time) I was there was in 1992 when both the weather and the bike were different:

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Mendip bikepacking.
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Post by JohnToo » 10 months ago

Back in mundane Surrey: on my way out this afternoon, the workers had just started digging a hole. On my way back, I'm guessing they'd punctured a high-pressure water main:
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Quite pleasant to cycle through on a hot afternoon, actually...
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Post by JohnToo » 1 month ago

Cycling back at midnight from a dinner with friends in Barnes, we rocked up at Richmond Park expecting to enter through the pedestrian gates and have a glorious night time cycle through the park - only to find the gates padlocked. It's not deer culling season, is it? Anyone know if this is new policy?
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JohnToo wrote:
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Cycling back at midnight from a dinner with friends in Barnes, we rocked up at Richmond Park expecting to enter through the pedestrian gates and have a glorious night time cycle through the park - only to find the gates padlocked. It's not deer culling season, is it? Anyone know if this is new policy?
I haven't heard anything about this, their website says the pedestrian gates remain open 24 hours, and nothing in the news.

I haven't been in the park after the main gates have shut in a while, but I may do a reccy next time I am out after dark.

Was it the Sheen entrance?
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