A Bicycle for Daily Use

This is The Duchess, she belongs to my wife who no longer rides.

Having made a few changes to her, raising the saddle, changing the pedals and fitting lights etc, I now ride her for shopping, and like this morning, trips to our allotments (Lottie).

Soon after moving to Drayton 2 1/2 years ago we were forced to give up our Lottie in Abingdon.

After being on the waiting list for 9 months we took this plot on in June 2021.

Initially we inherited 16 very over grown raised beds, since then I’ve made them into 4 large ones.

This the view we have from the plot, the bell and clock tower of the parish church.

Yes, even at 10:10 it was chilly.

4 response to "A Bicycle for Daily Use"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 10, 2022

    Just reading this afternoon about how the ‘drop frame’ bicycle got the ladies into cycling way back in the day.
    Great you have found a use for it — nice looking machine.
    The Lottie photos are interesting — judging by the length of the bicycle, it looks like you can pretty much reach into the beds from the sides and not compact the soil by having to walk on it.

    • By: DJG Posted: December 11, 2022

      Its a very nice bike to ride just ideal for around the village.
      The beds are bigger than they appear, 3 metres x 5 metres, so there is a certain amount walking on them though we can use scaffold boards to spread the load.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: December 12, 2022

    Those are big beds. Do you grow all your own vegetables? I’m sure they keep you busy in the summer.

    • By: DJG Posted: December 12, 2022

      They are big beds, 3 metres x 5 metres, this year we grew onions, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumber, runner beans, kale, broccoli and garlic as well a flowers. In the first photo the green shoots in front of The Duchess are next years garlic crop of which we are now self sufficient. We also have a few young trees in the cage and will add some more along with a few soft fruit bushes in the New Year.

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