Springtime, some catching up to do

I’ve been in a ‘fly on the wall’ mode recently, just happy to appreciate other bloggers efforts, the family lazy gene is totally responsible again for my procrastination. Well, I’ve got a few challenges due and some photos in the mobile phone so I’ll do my best. The featured image is of a few handmade mosaic pots with faces, made by my clever Lovely Wife in our front garden


Burning off whilst it’s safe. I really hope we don’t get another hellish hot summer like last year. On the other side of Australia, it’s flooding rain.
A smoky sunset
Beaches without the crowds yet.
Wildflowers. The state flower Mangles Kangaroo Paw.
Cherry blossom in the front yard
My MaDS (Magpie Defence System) So far successfully keeping them at bay.


Old train signals
The levers from the signal box to move signals and rails.


A few weekends ago a few extraordinary events combined which threw a spanner into my normally safe and sedate cycling life. On Saturday I was happily cycling down the Zig Zag (a local rail-trail) at about 20kmph when suddenly I noticed a writhing creature only about 5 metres ahead. It was a largish snake who had just sensed my approach and was desperately trying to get off the road. In a few nano-seconds I contemplated should I hit the brakes, should I swerve, would stopping near the snake be a great idea? In the end, with a burst of adrenaline, I did a quick pedal, lifted my legs as high as they would go and ran right over the top of it. Snakes find it hard to move on smoothish surfaces so I don’t think he could get enough traction for a lunge at me. Phew.

On Sunday after a long cycle around the city I popped into my favourite pasty bakery in Guildford. There are no bike racks here, so I locked my bike on the post and went into my panniers to get my lock. I vaguely recall bumping something, then felt something heavy rolling over my back and SMASH as it hit the top of the barrier fence just missing the top of a lady’s head by about a foot. We were shocked. Evidently, I’d nudged an old, narrow, tall, heavy, wooden ladder which the antique shop owner next door had propped up on the roof for display purposes, moving its base and it then cartwheeled over my back. This event could have been tragic. A bit later the owner came out and took the ladder away, the lady must have complained. I rode home later contemplating how things could have been so much worse.

The lady was sitting where the boy is in this photo and the ladder has been moved further away, then removed.

I did an overnight ride on the Munda Biddi Trail. Video below

I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

8 response to "Springtime, some catching up to do"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: October 24, 2022

    I love your Magpie Defense System ;’-).

    Stay clear of snakes and ladders is the message I get from your day !

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: October 25, 2022

      I never put the snakes and ladder combination together, could have made a much better title, used to love that board game. Can,t run that far these days, even in a kilt

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 24, 2022

    Your magpie defense helmet almost looks Halloweenish 🙂
    Snakes and ladders — Yikes!
    The guy must have had that ladder standing vertically for that to happen.
    Very fortunate outcome for all involved!

    Beautiful area for your overnight.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: October 25, 2022

      I don,t know if I was lucky or avoided lots of bad luck. So fortunate , would hate to be responssible for killing someone.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: October 25, 2022

    I hope your pasty didn’t get crushed by the falling ladder. Now, that would have been a disaster.

    Enjoyed your video. I’m with you on the sound of rain on a tent, and don’t sell yourself short, I think you’d look great running in a kilt.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: October 25, 2022

    The pasty was excellent comfort food after the shock. I don,t think you wear anything under a kilt, so I definately wouldn,t look good.

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 26, 2022

    Looks like you’ve been having adventures and near misses, Led. Glad to see you survived and you’re still rolling.

    I bicycled over a snake once, because it was either that or swerve into traffic. I felt bad about it, but decided not to go back and apologize.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: October 28, 2022

      Snakes don,t tend to be very forgiving, wise move.

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