The first of the long rides.

THE SPORTSWOOL DIARIES

P1210619 Road above Lauder, Scottish Borders.

The very first signs of new life are obvious. This northern part of the world tilts itself up to face the sun, and the light and warmth bring out the spring flowers. The UK is long, with it’s feet by the fire in the warmth, and us up here in Scotland in a Nordic climate. The first lambs are a good sign of the new bike season. I swing around on my rides down the coast to pass a farm that usually has the first.

P1210466 Preston Pans harbour on a cold day.

P1210473 Preston Pans, low tide.

P1210491 River Tyne, the cycle path.

This year I have tried to pay more attention to the next phase of the season. I sleep with the window open and catch the dawn chorus for almost a month now. It starts with a dark sky and a moon still bright. Some…

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