Thursday, 19th July 2018.

Very warm again for an early six/seven miler biked. A later four miler was really warm.
Watching Le Tour on tv – many riders look like Starsky (Starsky and Hutch 70’s tv detective series). Check it out tomorrow. Good rides by Thomas and Froome today but the Dutch rider, leading from 60 km out, was awesome. Thomas will keep yellow for next stage. No rain, so far, on this Tour.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018.

Back to a ‘normal’ five or six miler this morning. Goldfinches along Daisyfield,(too fast for me camera) Ragwort, Willowherb and brambles (amongst other things) along reservoir and canal sides. Warming up again too.
Still 6 lb’s less.
Crisps another ‘food’ not eaten for two weeks.
Anorexia? Erm, no. Eating different, not less.
Here’s a great ‘News with Noughts’ item:
Cliff Richard awarded £210,000.00p damages against bbc. (sadly, guess who actually pays it … yep. Us.)
But great all the same.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018.

A shorter ride today – Lidl and back with supplies. Easy with a pannier on the bike. Pic taken a day or two ago from Elton Res. embankment looking toward Heywood (?).
6 lb’s under this morning and it’s stayed like that all day. My jeans, I’m told, can be elasticised around the waist! They are getting a bit big. Really.
Stuff not eaten for about two weeks:
Spuds. Bread. Butter. Ordinary cheese. Chocolate. Toffees. Chips.
Stuff eaten more of:
Lettuce. Lettuce. Oily fish (sardines, mackerel). Low fat cheese. Diet ‘Ryvita’. Lettuce. (all salad stuff and fruits, plums, peaches, etc.) Lettuce. One cod liver oil thing taken daily.
Strangely ‘wind’, a problem for years, declines … biking easier …

Monday, 16th July 2018.

Six or seven miles biked/walked earlier but a cycle-route access path is still impassable (without major trouble) with bikes. This meant an added two or three miles ‘going back’.
Lidl later – another three or so miles. Nearly ten totally today.
Two weeks of lettuce eating and about 5lb’s have gorn … yikes!
Both pics Spen Moor side of Elton Reservoir. Paths dry and easy.

Saturday, 14th July 2018.

Warm and sunny again and a few miles biked to Warth, where, left of a footbridge is Willowherb,(Pic 1) right Himalayan Balsam.(Pic 2)
Giant Hogweed, not far away, begins to wilt. (Pic 3)


Yesterday recorded Le Tour Stage 7. Watched it later and the important bit – the finish – hadn’t recorded. Well, it was Friday Le Thirteenth!

Thursday, 12th July 2018.

Much cooler and, for a few minutes, it actually rained along Banana Walk this morning!!
A good finish to yesterday’s Le Tour Stage 5. Sagan looking very good. But, anything can happen yet, Froome and Co. quietly getting on with things. Hills, yesterday, are difficult for bigger riders, but watch for Griepel in sprints – awesome.

Wednesday, 11th July 2018.

Pic taken a couple of days ago near Meccano Bridge.
Managed a couple of biked miles this morning – all okay. Then watched Stage 5 of Le Tour. Picked first and second, but in wrong order. Sagan looks unstoppable but van Garderen having his best Tour yet. (Mentioned him here a few years back.) But, it’s early days yet for a ‘win’ forecast. Sagan, Froome? Cavendish? He’s looking out of it at moment. Again, early days yet.