Month: August 2018

Proud boasts

My beloved and I can make two proud boasts. Neither of us has ever changed a nappy, and neither of us has ever been to a hen/stag party. Admittedly, when we got married many years ago, hen/stag nights were usually fairly tame affairs. I… Continue Reading “Proud boasts”

Vuelta pangs

When the route for this year’s Vuelta a Espana was published in January my heart sank, though not for the reasons you might imagine. This year’s race started in Andalucia – last visited in 2015  – and later visits northern Spain, Asturias and the… Continue Reading “Vuelta pangs”

Looking back on our trip to Saint Jean de Luz

Saint Jean de Luz is a fishing port on the Basque Atlantic coast and a famous resort, known for its architecture, sandy bay, the quality of the light and cuisine. The town is located south of Biarritz, on the right bank of the river… Continue Reading “Looking back on our trip to Saint Jean de Luz”

Steamy summer

In an effort to combat August’s steamy temperatures, I’ve taken to getting up really early. A quick ride on the home-trainer, breakfast on the balcony and then a spot of housework, followed by a cold shower, all before my beloved wakes. He’s been finding… Continue Reading “Steamy summer”

The Musette: speedy Sunday roast

It’s possible to have a roast lunch within 45 minutes of returning from a Sunday morning ride. I admit that it’s a pared back version with few of the typical British trimmings but to be honest my beloved much prefers it this way. I appreciate… Continue Reading “The Musette: speedy Sunday roast”

Date night: the horses

The view from our terrace encompasses our local hippodrome. We much enjoy its year round festivities which often conclude with displays of pyrotechnics. Its summer racing season drew to a close this weekend and, having not darkened its door to watch any races for… Continue Reading “Date night: the horses”

Reflecting on our trip to Pornichet

We had gone to the start of this year’s Tour de France because it wasn’t far from La Baule, a place both of us had visited as teenagers. I’d enjoyed a delightful last holiday with my parents and sisters while my beloved had less… Continue Reading “Reflecting on our trip to Pornichet”

In praise of our recent trip to Rioja

Architecture and Scenery On our most recent trip, my beloved and I were very impressed with Rioja, a gorgeous region in northern Spain. We’d previously ooohed and aaahed over its more recent architectural delights such as the Frank Gehry designed Marques de Riscal winery… Continue Reading “In praise of our recent trip to Rioja”

The Musette: melon gazpacho

What do you do when your fridge freezes everything? “Isn’t that the fridge freezer you recently paid a small fortune to have mended?” I hear you ask? Yes, it is! We returned from vacation to discover the temperature of the freezer was -25C, and… Continue Reading “The Musette: melon gazpacho”

Happiness is……

After a few frustrating months, today I finally managed a very sweaty 45 minutes on the home trainer without so much as a twinge in my right knee/leg. I’ve been having problems with it since I slipped over in May. Initially I thought I’d… Continue Reading “Happiness is……”