Friday, 24 June 2011

Nottingham appreciation

To celebrate my birthday we decided to hire bikes at Sherwood Pines. I don't know what part of me thought this was going to be a good idea. I've not ridden a bike for 15 years - I'm still sitting on cushions 3 days later! It was fun though once I'd built up my confidence and we accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up on the off roading trail for a bit - oops! Anyway, it made me think how lucky we are to have such amazing outside space 20 minutes drive away. The forest is so beautiful and reminded us of a mini Yosemite (without the bears). Unfortunately I was concentrating too much on staying upright on the bike so don't have any photos. I do have a photo of my picnic lunch though!

We went for dinner in town in the evening and in my red wine/midsummer's day haze I really started to appreciate the Nottingham architecture. We really do have some wonderful buildings in the city centre - I completely take them for granted usually but when it's quiet and you get a chance to look past the shop windows and look upwards, your home town can really be quite beautiful.

1 comment:

Jo Duvet said...

Hello Rachel

I completely agree with you about the appreciation of how great it is to have access to the delights of beautiful trees and architecture on our doorsteps. I sometimes think that buildings are like the urban equivalent of trees, especially the beautifully designed ones. I also am very impressed with your picnic. Joe and I recently went to Clumber Park, which costs £5.50 to park but it well worth it as it is a massive area for amazing cycling (once your bum recovers). It gets quite busy, but it's so big that if you go on the longer rides, you don't see anyone for ages! Good for the soul. Jo


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