16 June 2020

Cycling and Television





We cycled north this morning, it was a bit murky and misty but with no wind so we were able to get some good average speeds.  My knee has been feeling a lot stronger so we have been going further afield.  By the time we get home it’s time for coffee and then potter about in the garden.  The cloud has been clearing mid morning and turning into hot, sunny days. Yesterday we had lunch outside on the terrace.  Eating outside is always more relaxed and laid back.  Tomorrow Alex, the plumber, is coming to service our heating boiler so we won’t be cycling.

Brandy Wharf


We have been watching quite a bit of television during this lockdown.  With Netflix, Now TV and Freeview there is plenty to choose from.   We recently enjoyed two good French dramas -  Philharmonia and Maman a Tort by Walter Presents.  They were French but with English sub titles.  Currently we are watching Chernobyl (very disturbing) and The Salisbury Poisonings.  Salisbury was our home for many years so we have a particular connection with the city.  We’ve practically given up watching the news briefings, they are just too tedious and depressing.  The country will come out of lockdown and we won’t even know about it!

Three years ago today we adopted a scruffy but gorgeous dog from the rescue centre in Cahors, happy Gotcha Day Rick!


19 comments:

  1. Very healthy all that cycling I'm still trying to walk each day. We've found some British dramas on iplayer that we didn't fancy when they were first broad cast.. love Rick, such a cute little look.

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    1. We're watching stuff that we wouldn't have bothered with before. I think there's going to be a lot of repeats on next year.

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  2. In California, the gloomy, misty mornings with warm, sunny afternoons are called "June Gloom", but over the course of my life, began happening March-end of June. LOL Now here in AZ, no misty mornings at all. But I love sun. Doesn't have to be warm, just sunny.

    Chernobyl was SO GOOD. Disturbing, but good. It won many Emmy awards here; very well deserved. We are enjoying Netflix as well as Britbox. We had Acorn for over a year, watched most of the shows we wanted to on it, then switched to Britbox. I swear I watch more British and Australian TV than I do American at this point. LOL

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    1. You must get such a lot of sunshine and warmth in Arizona. It can get pretty cool here in Lincolnshire, although I don't like to be too hot when I'm cycling.

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  3. Rick is such a cutie. We also watched Chernobyl and are now watching Salisbury.

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    1. Salisbury suffered quite adverse effects from the Novichok incident and then along came a virus!

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    2. We have only watched two out of three so far but it made me draw comparisons with Corona too. It was really scary for Salisbury but not world wide which makes Corona scary in a different way. There does seem to have been a lot of horrible and scary things out there to deal with over time.

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  4. I loved Chernobyl and have watched the series more than once. I was recommended it by the guide when I went to Chernobyl last year. The series had gone viral in Ukraine at the time. My knee is worse so I have been treating it with ice packs today.

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    1. It's like watching a horror film, and then you remember that it actually happened.

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  5. He looks just the kind of dog to have a Gotcha Day.

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    1. I can't believe we've had him for three years.

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  6. So that's what became of Brandy Wharf! He took up cycling. I remember his two big hits from the late seventies with the Wharfettes: "Rumpy Pumpy Doo Dah" and "My Mum's a Dinner Lady". Then he went into a downward spiral via drink, drugs and food binging. Good to see he's okay now.

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    1. Yeah, I was one of his Wharfettes, that's how we met.

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  7. Rick is gorgeous, but I suppose both you and he know that.

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  8. On our news here in New Zealand the other day we were told that the Skripal's are here under protection but the Government deny any knowledge of it.

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    1. They will never feel safe wherever they go. Salisbury was just such an unlikely place to come across Russian spies.

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    2. It is imbibed in Russian culture from Tsars to Presidents that if you don't like somebody you just eliminate them. Stalin was the master of it and Putin continues the tradition.

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    3. I feel like that myself sometimes!

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