Momentum from cycling

Last time we went to Clumber Park, off the A1, I noticed that you could hire bikes and, as we don’t currently have any of our own, this seemed an appealing way to spend a summer afternoon. It was certainly a quicker way to get round the extensive grounds and appreciate the scenery.

Clumber Park

Whilst at the park, we nipped into the walled garden so that I could see what it looked like on a sunny day in August with all the fruit and veg in full swing. However, I wasn’t inclined to linger as we’d not been able to park the bikes securely and as we later learned they cost about £300 each!

So, I headed for the pumpkins and squash to see how they might compare to my own. Fortunately, they weren’t laden with fruit on the vine, so it could be that my own have time yet to get going.


After a few days away, I was eager to see if mine had in fact picked up speed back home. Sadly no – but I was greeted by lots of ripening cherry tomatoes. 


And I decided that, in spite of my aching limbs (the sooner I get a new bike the better), I would give all the tomato plants another trim to help the fruit ripen and reduce the chance of blight. In other words, I’m not so underwhelmed with my garden as I was before I went away.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to Momentum from cycling

  1. andy1076 says:

    Bike rentals are becoming a very popular sight in the city too now, Especially with more and more places available where people won’t be caught in with car traffic, Which opens the options of riding by parks and stuff, I’m happy to see that it’s picking up there too now 🙂

  2. That is a hefty sum for a bike rental. What a disappointment, Helen. I’m glad you got to peak at the garden, though to “compare notes” so to speak. Things are looking up.

  3. You can’t beat homegrown .. especially when it is your own 😃

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