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Syston – “there is a complete lack of places for young people in the evenings”

The act of riding a bike sometimes brings back vivid memories of childhood. Perhaps a bike was part of your earliest times venturing out seemingly alone. As a teenager, as many others did, I earned my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and part of this saw a summer cycling and recording loops around Carn Brea in Cornwall to […]

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Bad Weather and Glorious Views – (some foughts)

I’ve always had cause to reconsider my experience of growing up in Cornwall – you can take the boy out of the county but not the county out of the boy etc… yadda yadda. I have always failed to summarise this essential attitude that seems to pervade much of the Cornish being – previously, the […]

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Inspired by “Free Wheeling” – Think again, and cycle again.

Inspired by “Free Wheeling” and the “thoughts of a welsh brummie” Another, celebration of cycling: Like many, I started cycling up and down along the kerb as a youngster in the early ‘70s. A Mini Moulton, a Grifter, a Chopper and then a Raleigh Sun Solo if my memory is correct. In my early teens I […]

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In this age of “instant print” and “word-processing” at home, printed material is often produced quickly and with little or misguided thought. I have 30 years experience of working in print and you can see some of my work here: Jules P Richards Flickr  or read some testimonials here. It would seem that I enjoy, […]

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Our orchid’s awoken, again.

Our orchid went to sleep… It’s bloomin bloomed again.  {slide-show} We’ve had this orchid for about 2 years (Jan 2011), it was selling off cheap £5 from ASDA and looked a sorry sight with flowers dying and generally seemed on its last legs. Somehow it liked its window seat in the kitchen and regained it’s […]

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The Bike needed Tender Loving £s

You may have noticed my tweet last week that “the bike” needed some TLC (and some TL£). Alas the wheels (rims and hubs) that came with the  specialized crosstrail sport disc 2011 were ‘average’ quality and arguably not up to the job. It’s been 2 years since I bought the bike. It’s done its best […]

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Enchanted by the sparkle of novelty.

It rained the other day (you may have noticed). My initial reaction was: “glorious ride in rain, utterly invigorating and uplifting, joyous, rain-in-mouth, deacon-blue-in-head, alive!!! #initialunconsideredreaction” After the endorphins settled, my slightly more-considered reaction commented on the “Blessed Rain” see below And today; the wet ride in was again ‘refreshing’, but I came to consider […]

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Piskies! (Autumnal Equinox)

And so from now on the nights are longer than the days. Thank you farmers, most of the summer crops are in – what would we do without them? So we ventured off to a local wood and indeed stuff’s shrivelling! Indeed The raggedness belongs! If you go down to the woods today watch out for the […]

Joy!

Joy! Warm and satisfying? Cool and fuzzy? We made time today just to chill – we took ourselves and the kids to Bradgate for a stroll. Just walking in the fresh air was a great tonic against the noise of ‘daily stuff’.With the kids it can be* easy to make any simple thing into an […]

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JPR Archive

Archives… 2008-2002 Time flies… Monday, 8 December 2008 Well time flies when you’re having fun! Em and I are well, if a little tattered around the edges. The little ladies keep us on our toes and Emma especially deserves a medal for keeping it all together. Abbie J. is 3 and a half now and […]