Balancing Act

For those who were interested in the fate of the cargo ship that was balanced on our fine sandy beach, there was a successful second attempt at refloating it on the 3 a.m. high tide.  During the day a man with a digger had been scooping out much of the sand around the ship's bottom and then the tug towed it back out to sea when the tide came in.

Needless to say, there was much local interest and quite a few people had headed up there to camp out overnight and watch the proceedings . Lots of night shots and videos on local social media!

The ship is now in Douglas Harbour having its bottom checked by divers for any damage.

Now to balancing of a different kind.

I had been chatting to a friend and mentioned that I was thinking about getting a bicycle as it could be useful for nipping down to the library or the newsagents. Yesterday she turned up with a gift for me...

She is a bit of a Womble (like northsider) and picked this up in the local tip's reuse and recycling shed, which she visits on a daily basis looking for treasures. Her husband had cleaned off the rust, oiled it and given it a thorough check before loading it into their shooting brake and driving up here to deliver it.    It even has a bell that still works. They are both very kind and thoughtful. 

P lowered the saddle for me,  as I am quite short with little legs, then I couldn't wait to try it out.

The road outside the house is on a slope  and has lots of potholes and parked cars all the way along.  As I haven't ridden a bike for over 30 years I was very wobbly plus I hadn't thought to put in my hearing aids so couldn't hear the car which inevitably came up behind me as I wobbled from side to side. 

To try it out properly I am going to take it down to the North Shore promenade which is very wide, very long and flat and not very busy. Perhaps I should wear something padded.

25 comments:

  1. What a lovely thing for that friend and her husband to do! The reference to "recycling" is very apt. I would suggest that the wombling lady deserves a nice bunch of flowers as a thank you. Surely Lord Peregrine will give you extra pocket money to fund such a gesture.

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    1. They are indeed a lovely couple. We gave them quite a few things from our old house that we were unable to take with us when we moved so we all do favours for each other.
      I was trying not to use the word recycling here but couldn't avoid it!

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  2. I've enjoyed my bike so much since getting it out again at the beginning of lockdown last year, after many years stored away. It's really hilly round here so I'm grateful it has an aluminium frame. I bought a speedometer/mileometer which is great so long as you don't ride along watching it.

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    1. I am wondering whether this bike may be too heavy for me. If I can get back into cycling I may invest in a more lightweight version.

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  3. Brilliant friends. Get a helmet if you can. I know I know they aren't exactly stylish, but heads are the most difficult bif of us to repair. I've seen some cool helmets with ladybird spots on them.

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    1. Yes, if I decide to keep the bike I will buy a helmet and a basket. I wonder if I could get rear view mirrors too?

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  4. What a lovely gift. Too many blardy hills round here for me to have a bike. I'll stick to my legs and the hills take their toll on them!!

    Glad that the ship was refloated again - I bet it will keep further out next time!

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  5. Seconding Tigger - get a helmet! Compulsory down here. Not sure about swooping birds where you are but there are some fabulous ones to be had with spiky things sticking out the top to deter the magpies who swoop down on anything that moves at nesting time :)

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    1. Crikey. Sounds perilous in your neck of the woods!

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  6. Get padding.

    I remember the last time I got on a bike. A work colleague and I were in Vancouver (BC) and she decided we should rent bikes and tool around the city and Stanley Park. Keep in mind she is 20 years younger than me and used to commute to work on a bicycle. I did not since I had a 50 mile (one-way) commute to work. Nevertheless, I was game so off we went. It was only after an hour or so that the lack of seat padding began to take its vicious toll. Ever tried pedaling standing up for seven miles? I don't advise it. As I said...the last time I ever rode a bike...and please do get some padding.

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    1. By coincidence the last time I rode a bike was in 1992 when we hired a couple for half a day in Stanley Park on a trip to Vancouver. I was OK except that the bike had no brakes... I was supposed to backpedal in order to stop. Never got the hang of that.
      I seem to have quite a bit of natural padding in the saddle area so will see how that goes!

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  7. Glad the ship was rescued!
    That bike is a nice gift! I agree about wearing a helmet. I have my old bike that I got in 1960 when I was 10 years old. I quit riding it because the brakes are wacky and I got too nervous about hurting myself... Hope you enjoy yours!

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    1. I am nervous too but determined to give it a go.

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  8. What a wonderful Womble lady friend.

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    1. She is indeed Dave. I am very fortunate.

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  9. Fasten a large L plate on your back for the first hour or so and drivers will give you a wide berth. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks Weaver. I think my precarious wobbling would also give them a hint that I am a Learner!

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  10. I've been quietly reading your lovely blog for a while now. I'm wondering what a Womble is in this context. My online search gives me some rather unflattering or imaginary animal definitions, so I suspect there must be a kinder slang I cannot find! Cheers, Celie (USA)

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    1. Hello Celie. Welcome and thank you for reading my blog.
      The Wombles were imaginary small furry creatures from a children's TV programme. They lived on Wimbledon Common in London and collected all the rubbish left behind by the humans to make into useful items for their den. They were very sweet.

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  11. I used to love cycling, but I now have a dodgy knee. When I lived in London, I always used to cycle around on Sunday mornings. Oxford Circus on a bike with very little traffic was wonderful. That looks like a good solid bike; I agree with Weave about the L Plate.

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    1. I would probably become notorious locally as the mad woman cycling with L plates!

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  12. I assume you're not talking about a bra? How lovely to have such a nice bike and such thoightful friends. I hope by now you are less wobbly and more confident on your bike!
    xxx

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  13. I never knew the origin of 'womble'. What a sweet little rabbit hole Google led me to on that! My bike is purple and has a basket!

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    1. I definitely want a basket... and a handlebar mirror... and a helmet!

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