This week I’ve been out cycling on my new bike. Well, new for me. It’s actually a 1973 vintage Peugeot touring bike complete with racks and dynamo lights no less. Not quite as old as me but almost. It was a bargain from an older gentleman who now has a very modern and very expensive road bike instead. I don’t know who was happier with the exchange. I was delighted to take it off his hands for a very good price and he was delighted that it was going to continue getting ridden. All I need are a set of back panniers and a small handlebar bag and I’m all set to go touring. Can’t wait for that!
I also splashed out a couple of days ago and bought myself a new pair of river shoes in anticipation of our new job this summer in the Dordogne. Yes, Running Boy and I get the chance to kick around the Dordogne this summer helping people along their way as they partake in cycling, kayaking and walking holidays. We get to live on the banks of the Dordogne river like real kayak bums and part of the job requirements is that we complete a kayak and canoe training course. You can’t argue with that. The last time I went kayaking was in the sea off Abel Tasman in New Zealand and I absolutely loved it. I’m pretty sure the Dordogne will be a slightly calmer environment to kayak in than the Tasman Sea but all the same, it’s something to look forward to. And with the job comes the chance to explore a new area of France, the Dordogne.
In a fit of boldness (or insanity) I recently gave myself a rather drastic haircut. I decided to use Running Boy’s hair clippers to shave my head. Not close the bone I hasten to add, although I have done that in the past and would certainly recommend it. No, this time I was a little “safer” in my choice of attachment but I still have what could be called a very close crop. I have to say I was very pleased with the result but I now have the dilemma of what to do next. Keep the clippers charged for weekly trims or flex my artistic muscles a bit more and give myself a series of “growing out” cuts. I shall have to see how I feel about that when the time comes.
I made myself a new pot of balm this week that I have called my “vibrational healing” balm. I’ve been reading about the power of essential oils to vibrate at certain frequencies. Apparently we all vibrate at varying frequencies and when we are on good form we tend to vibrate at a higher frequency than when we are under the weather or ill. There is the belief that some essential oils vibrate at very high frequencies and it would therefore make logical sense that if we use these oils they may help to increase the frequency we are vibrating on. I’m not really sure where I stand on this. I have done what you may call “surface research” only and haven’t gone into any great depth. I did think it would be fun though to make a balm using some of the “higher frequency” oils and the result is that I have a really lovely balm that makes me feel good whenever I use it. The picture shows the balm when it was hot. It has cooled to a lovely aqua blue colour on account of the German (or blue) Chamomile oil I used in it.
This week I tried out a new recipe for a gluten-free lemon, ricotta and almond cake. I was testing this out for an upcoming birthday and was absolutely delighted with the results. Easy to make and tastes great. There were no complaints from Running Boy either who managed to polish off his fair share! If you want the recipe you can find it here.
I started and finished a new book this week which I really enjoyed – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It made me feel happy and sad in equal parts while serving up a good dose of humour as well as making me feel nostalgic for my travels in India. I’d recommend it if you get the chance.
I think that’s about it for newness. Oh yes, one more thing. I wrote a new short story and entered it into a competition. We’ll have to wait and see if anything comes of that but it was fun in the doing at any rate.
So what’s new for you? Jump in and leave me a comment ♥