Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Swan ignores thin ice warning




Taken this morning on the Bayswater Road side of Hyde Park, London

10 comments:

Natalie said...

Hey KC. Good to see you back. Happy New Year!

KarmaCycle said...

Thanks Nat and Happy New Year to you too - it feels like a long time - I had a bit of a rough Christmas as my Mum died, but I'm determined to carry on blogging. She'd had cancer for 18 years, though had done everything possible to ignore it and it only really hit her hard in the last few weeks. At least we had the time to say goodbye properly. But really the blog's about cycling so I'm going to keep posting!

Natalie said...

I'm so sorry to hear that KC. No matter how long someone's been ill, the sadness when they die is just as awful as it always is. What a horrible Christmas for you. I'm glad you're going to keep on blogging - I'd miss your posts if they weren't there. Nx

Sanddervish said...

Cycling, ice and safety: any thoughts? I've stopped for now, reckoning that the mix of black ice and busy London streets is a potential hip-breaker...

KarmaCycle said...

Thanks very much Nat - you're right: the whole family knew it was going to happen, but it still came as a massive shock. The other odd thing is that we did in fact have quite a good Christmas - we talked about her and somehow it helped us bond more strongly. And there were lots of very small kids around who obviously remained determined to enjoy their Christmas at all costs! And thanks for the kind words.

KarmaCycle said...

Hi Sanddervish - good to have you back on the old blog. I'm thinking that I probably won't cycle home tonight - it was nearly lethal in places this morning - just tiny patches of ice are enough to hurl you to the ground - and by all accounts the snow is about to start coming in fast.

I cycled home last time it snowed just before Christmas and it was truly horrid - Old Street roundabout was a skating rink and I ended up walking the last bit home.

My verdict - not worth risking your bones for!

muppix said...

I'm sorry to hear about your bad news KC. Having had the priviledge of holding a close friend's hand as she lost the long battle with cancer I have some idea of what you must be going through and my thoughts are with you and your family. Keep them wheels turning.

KarmaCycle said...

Thanks Muppix - I know it's a bit obvious, but I'm amazed by how many people have lost someone close to cancer very recently ... it's only when you see it close up that you realise quite how awful it is - and then you combine that with the frustration of knowing that you can't do anything about it - and yet in maybe 15 years there may be some kind of proper treatment. Anyway, thanks, and I appreciate the kind thoughts being directed my way. And don't worry, the wheels will keep turning. Although maybe not tomorrow, given the snow situation ...

Paul said...

Hi KarmaCycle. Sorry to hear your sad news.

KarmaCycle said...

Thanks Paul - I'm back now, after the funeral. It felt very good to be back on the saddle, and it gives a person plenty of time to think - I found it very positive. I really appreciate all the nice comments from you guys - you'd be surprised (perhaps) how much difference it makes.