Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Frank picked me, my bike box & 2 seed bags full of panniers, tent, sleeping bag and lots of stuff neede to keep me going during 10 weeks of cycling. I left Harvey in the wonderful hands of the Balfour clan & my house with house sitter extrodinaire Ann Andrews - a 69 year old from Darwin
Getting ready to go was probably as difficult as the ride is going to be. After the traffic jams on the bypass, the flight could not have been better. For some reason I didnt get charged for my bike I met a guy called Damian ftom Wolverhampton who had lived in Norway for 7 years, so I got a lot of gen on Bergen from him As we flew west we left soaking Haddy behind & into sunshine I watched the sun go down on the roof terrace of the YMCA
Bergan is a lot like Oban but posher Loads of expensive boats with a backdrop of big wooden buildings & mountains Around the fish market it buzzes Up to now I have had enough ups & downs to last the whole
worst lows were trying to sleep in a bunk above a woman whose snoring ranked as 10 on the rickter scale The worst was forgetting to take my tool bag off the bike when I went to the library - it got nicked with all my priceless & essential tools in it The best was meeting a Canadian guy called Eric Bohm who gave me some of his set I didnt know wether to laugh or cry
Tomorrow is the first big day on the bike & the weather is suppoded to b ok Bergen is well worth a visit
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
The good news is that the bike is going well. I did a trial run to Gifford with all the gear on it today and after the initial strangeness of the heavy front panniers, everything went well. The hill up to Gifford is a challenge at the best of times, but in low gear with all the luggage it was fine. On the way back I got up to about 25 mph, and the bike was stable, so finger crossed it all looks good.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Really getting myself into a mindset to cycle 6000kms around the North Sea Cycle Route, helped by reading Scott Wallace's blog He has completed a quarter of his trans America route from east to west - he has been meeting some good & generous people I have been getting my gear together Today I bought a nice sleeping mat & a trangia for cooking The key is to keep things light so I have been buying stuff with that in mind My tent has already seen service in Shetland & weighs in at 3.6lbs & the rest of the gear is pretty light too I want to try it out before I go... If it ever stops raining Had a run out on my bike the other night to see what it feels like with front panniers - pleased with feel of the bike although the butterfly handle bars make going around corners at speed a bit tricky
Might kip on the new mat in the back bedroom tonight to see how it feels
Monday, 7 May 2012
Here is a water colour painting of the houses and green at Gifford I took from a photo and painted at the North Berwick Art Group
Friday, 4 May 2012
The course is in three parts. To start off we get to try out all sorts of different media. This will be stuff I have never done before, such as sculpting, printing and getting into digital 3d animation, plus a whole lot more. The next section of the course is about focussing on the area of art I want to develop and learning the skills necessary. The final third is producing a piece of art which is judged as part of the ongoing assessment of the course. There are various assignments that have to be completed in order to progress on the course. I am also expecting that we will be looking at our attitudes to art and unblocking preconceptions about what it is all about.
So that leaves a couple of months to go on a long cycle ride around the North Sea Cycle Route. I will be taking my sketch book and water colours with me. 14 days until I leave for Bergen.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
I'm also multi-tasking - on a web site looking for house sitters while I'm away 17 May - 26 july. If ur interested get in touch
Two big bits of news - First is my brand new shed/sftudio Its 12 x 8' & a great place to do my paintings in
You can find out about my other piece of fantastic news on my next blog ;-)