^Colour co-ordinating my breakfast^
^a new friend^
My morning bike rides have been just what i needed to COOL down in the early morning breeze and gather my thoughts for the rest of the week. I have collected a pretty little seasonal collection of wild flowers from my cycle EXPEDITIONS through the forest-y part of our local park too. In much more exciting news, i also got to know the kind gentleman i mentioned HERE and HERE above (except for his name…sometimes i can be a real dolly daydream!) a little more. I see him on most of my days off now and he always pops over to say hello and to ask how i am. On Monday he showed me a little photograph of himself a long time ago with his Parabike. My beautiful Pashley Penny pushbike is based around the design of a World War Two ladies Parabike and we struck up an uncanny kind of friendship when he stopped me to compliment me on Willow a few weeks back. He is the sweetest man and has so many lovely stories and tales about his adventures on his bike throughout the war. I have really been enjoying hearing them!
^the summer skies of dreams^
I can't help but fall more and more in love with this GLORIOUS weather we have been enjoying lately. Despite the odd rain shower last week, it's been a little like heaven and the way i remember summers when i was a little dot. I have replaced post-bike frothy cappuccinos with the largest iced soya latte i can get my paws on. It's about the only way i can drink soya milk. I rather like it in hot chocolate too but that shan't be making an appearance anytime too soon! Its lighter and much less rich on my tummy than full fat or skimmed dairy milk, especially in a latte, and the nutty flavour is a nice addition in an ice cold drink.
For those days when i have been working later or starting later the very next day, i have relishing in late summer evening laps of the park in a much cooler and crisper breeze with the most breathtaking sunsets you can ever imagine! It really is a wonder i haven't rode into a tree or off the path into the river yet.
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In other news,
* One of my very best friends in the whole wide world got engaged a couple of weeks ago and has asked me to be a bridesmaid. This made my tired and exhausted self very emotional. I am so excited!
* Oatcakes, chopped strawberries or hunks of juicy donut peaches with a huge and whopping spoonful of cottage cheese on top is my favourite lunch right now. If i need an extra boost i sneak in a little handful of walnuts too. Mmmm!
* I can't get enough of Lana Del Ray's new album 'Ultra Violence.' The Mr doesn't get it. Sometimes i don't either. Her music is rather slow, sleepy and a little sad at times. But somehow her sultry songs are my summer time ear worm time and time again.