We’ve decided to sell our house, apartment and our strawbale studio in Bulgaria. This is the link to the info about the sale
It’s a lovely place and we’ve had a great 11 years there but now it’s time to do something different. If anyone would like more info, give me a call or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I’ve got a ‘slot’ at Daisy White’s pop up indie bookshop from 11.30-12.30 on Saturday 28th September. I’ll be reading from my book, ‘Changing Gear: a bike ride from Britain to Bulgaria’ and running a haiku workshop. You’ll be surprised to hear that the haiku topic will be cycling.
Horsham is a lovely market town with a great Saturday market, interesting little shops. and lovely cafes.
Why not take some time out on an autumnal morning and join me?
Hope to see you there.
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Picked up the Easy Way Cyling map for Crawley the other day. It’s a really good, handy sized map of the town centre cycle paths. I called Kay Wagland, one of the people at the council responsible for promoting cycling in Crawley and as a result found myself invited along to a trial ride with one of the councillors. She’s the glam looking one in the pic.
Also had a great ride last Saturday to Horsham – about 8 miles each way. Left Crawley through Ifield, passing The Gate pub (where incidentally the Boom Town Rats played just recently), rode through Rusper- which is a bit hilly but manageable and down into Horsham. The purpose of the ride was to take part in Daisy White’s Pop Up Indie Bookshop
It was a really fun day, I ran a haiku competition, met people from the Crawley and Horsham Writers Circles and I (or should I say Daisy) sold 6 of my books – result!!
Categories: bike safety, books, Bulgaria, cycle rides, cycling, Cycling holidays, fitness, haiku, loss, love, middle aged women getting fit, pop up indie bookshops, Travel, West Sussex, womens cycling, Writing, writing groups & societies
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My book, ‘Changing Gear: A Bike Ride from Britain to Bulgaria’ is free on Kindle from tomorrow 15th June to 19th inclusive. UK Bike Week starts tomorrow. Click here for a copy http://tinyurl.com/co5b6ee
This next bit is unrelated but I have to include it in my blog. You would too if you had the opportunity…the other evening I attended the First Woman awards and had my photo taken with Clare Balding!! She’s a very nice woman and she did a great job at the event. Also I seem to remember she did a TV programme about a bike ride in the UK, so mentioning her is not entirely out of place here. Re the photo below, I must learn from Clare how to look at the camera!!
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I looked at the Kindle rankings this morning and saw my book was number 14 in the Kindle travel section. There are 31,445 books in that section! How cool is that?
But then, to use a ‘Pointless’ phrase, things got even more exciting, when I checked the Kindle non-fiction rankings. There are 1,090,000 books in this section and Changing gear is number 179!!!!
This is probably too many numbers for this time in the morning, so I’m going to stop now and go to the V&A and get inspired.
Thanks to everyone who has bought/downloaded a copy of Changing Gear.
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Poor Bertha’s been in the wars again. She’s had her front hub greased and generally sorted out…that’s technical talk for you! And she’s all the better for it. No longer does she shimmy from side to side while I try to propel her forward. In fact she’s acting like a proper bike. However because the weather’s been so bad she and I haven’t been out anywhere exciting. In fact we’ve only been as far as the shops. Instead I’ve been persisting with the running programme.
You remember the NHS from,’Couch to 5k’? On Friday I’ll be on week 9 and will be running (well jogging really) for 30 minutes without stopping. Ideally during that time I’ll cover 5k. I know I’m close because we went to Goffs Park recently where there’s a 4k marked trail and I did that with a bit of time to spare. Who would have thought it? I’m really pleased but I’m going to have to work on my self belief, as I start every run with the thought that I won’t be able to do it. Any tips on cultivating positive thinking will be gratefully received.
Which leads me to other empowering stuff… Straw Works, a company I work for is holding a 1 day introductory course to natural plasters – lime & clay, on the 20th of April. Go to http://www.strawworks.co.uk Click on the ‘Bale Frenzy’ button and check out ‘Getting Plastered.’ You’ll love it!
Last thought…my book Changing Gear. A Bike Ride from Britain to Bulgaria will be free on Kindle from 5th-9th April inclusive. Click here to read it http://tinyurl.com/co5b6ee Hope you like it.
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The snowy weather put paid to our cycle trip to Cafe Oto in Dalston. We were meant to go last Friday evening. Got the bike lights ready and everything …then the snow came…then the trains were cancelled..so we ended up with a Friday night in. Not what I was expecting. Since then I’ve had a couple of rides to the shops through sleet and biting wind but other than that there’s nothing to report on the cycling in Crawley front.
Which is why my mind turned to Bulgaria and the sun. Last summer we did half a dozen rides around our village of Hotnitsa. They varied in length and difficulty and were good fun. Therefore I was wondering if anyone (probably over the age of 50 to be fair – don’t think I could go fast enough for younger folk) would be interested in a cycling holiday in Bulgaria? May or June would be best when the weather is good but not too hot. We could provide accommodation, veggie meals, conducted cycle rides and an intro to the bright lights of Veliko Tarnovo. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll develop the idea.
Categories: Bulgaria, cycling, Cycling holidays, Hoildays, middle aged women getting fit, Travel, womens cycling
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I’m having another go at identifying the top 10 books on cycling written by women. So far we’ve had the the following contributions:
A Bike Ride: 12,000 miles around the world. By Anne Mustoe
It’s not about the tapas. By Polly Evans
Wind in my Wheels: Travel Tales from the saddle. By Josie Dew
Any more thoughts?
Categories: cycling, middle aged women getting fit, Spain, Travel, Writing
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Just come back from a cycle trip in Varna on the Black Sea coast. We took our bikes on the train, a first for us in Bulgaria and it was easy. For 2 lev you can put your bike in the guards van. There are no restrictions on the number of bikes per train.
We started the ride by cycling from Hotnitsa to the train station at Gorna Oriahovitsa. The ride took me 50 mins. If you’re lucky, at the station you might get to see the magnificent train which used to belong to King Boris, currently being used as a tourist train and pulled by a steam engine.
The Steam Train
Our train was not so posh but the journey was fine. Probably worth paying an extra 3lev for first class. No buffet but there are loos.
Varna is a great place to cycle especially the Sea Garden which is a huge park with statues, an outdoor theatre and plenty of cafes. The Cathedral of the Assumption in the centre of town is worth a look as is the Naval Museum where you can see a couple of pics of ships which were built in the ‘Toon’ – Newcastle on Tyne that is. There’s also a great ride (on the rather scary E 87 it has to be said) up north to St Konstantine and Elena. There you’ll find the thermal baths with natural spring water so hot you can’t bear to stand underneath it. Have a massage provided by Nelson to complete your trip.
Cathedral of the Assumption