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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Veteran's Night with the TCA

Last Thursday (25 January) I visited elder son (Worzel) and partner in Hambledon (Hampshire) for his birthday weekend. On Thursday evening I was a guest rider with the Titchfield Cycling Association. Please see HERE for an account of the event.

A toast to TCA absent members in The Hampshire Bowman
(Left to right: Jon, Maalie, Matt, Worzel)

My route back to Mintcakeland took me via Cardiff where I joined Tortoiseshell and wife for a meal in La Lorenza Italian restaurant, followed by a pint (or two) of Brains Bitter in the local by way of a nightcap.

I followed a mountain route through mid Wales the next morning and added Kingfisher and Red Kite to my Year List.


Blogger simon said...

yes I read it... quite a story! Next time you're here, we will use mountain bikes for Cape York.

9:49 pm  
Blogger TCA said...

Good work sir, I hope the ale at the Hampshire Bowman and the after ride meal made up for the bitter cold ride.


5:40 am  
Blogger Tortoiseshell said...

Don't suppose you're going to mention the pint of Brains you had with your mere second-born...

11:29 am  
Anonymous Ellee said...

Maalie, we all want to see a pic of you in lyrcra!

So while you was pedalling away, I was walking the Norfolk coastal paths, did 30 miles over the weekend.

You would be at home in Cambridge, it's known as "cycle city" and has fantastic cycle lanes.

5:56 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

We've had this lycra nonsense before - see tca's blog. Lycra is nothing compared to a wet, hand-knitted woolly swimming cosi.

6:05 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

you're all behind the ghost. Lycra was first mentioned in one of the archived posts. A TCA member was given a lot of grief because he was snapped wearing it. That's why Simon mentioned it on the veteren's blog. (he tried to defend it and was shot down!)

2:52 am  
Anonymous Plumpy said...

Is tortoiseshell a cat?
Is she pretty?
Does she really eat brains with you Maalie?

2:54 am  
Blogger simon said...

yes. I wear lycra but thats because I am gorgeous....( hahahahahah!)

3:51 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

With respect to the comment made by Tortoiseshell, I refer the Honourable Gentleman to an entry made not long ago.

11:11 am  
Blogger Tortoiseshell said...

Plumpy - true to mt TOGgish ways, I will eat anything that resembles chicken. I believe Brains falls within this bracket.

P.S. Interesting - you are the 2nd person to think I'm female. Correct in the sense that Tortoiseshell cats are almost always female - I just like the tortie colours.

12:37 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

With respect Tortoiseshell, I had worked out you were a man - I've poked about your site too on occassion. But my Plumpy is a simple cat. He hasn't yet worked out that you're not a cat as well so I can only hope you may forgive him for thinking you a girl too.
I'll explain today when we sit down for our afternoon cuddle ;-)

6:36 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

A hand-knitted swimming costume takes some believing - especially a wet one. And it's probably not too comfy for cyclcing.

8:29 pm  
Blogger simon said...

hey jim.... got "mine" level suspension fitted to the troopie....

gawd! sits 6" taller than it did.. Um.. not too sure what to think..... its a real tough machine....

9:14 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Ellie: I think that gentlemen often use chamois leather pads inserted within their shorts to stop chafing whilst they cycle.

5:36 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

Lucky you to see a kingfisher too, do you know the songs all these birds make too?

7:46 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Actually, Maalie does a mean interpretation of a crowing cockerel and a wood pigeon. Sorry Elle, I spelt your name wrong.

9:05 pm  
Blogger Davy said...

Pint of Brains? More!

Hey Jim, I've found a nice little debate forum that you could have a load of fun on. It's really a Toshiba advertising site, I guess, but you can win a laptop for creative blogging, commenting, I have a link here for you,

That'll get you there at least. They're debating in-vitro manipulation and gender selection this week, lol. Get on there, right us an essay, tear everyone else to pieces... Slainté, Dave

p.s. I've got six players in my dreamteam in the Tottenham v Man U match this afternoon, so hoping for 5 all draw, lol

3:09 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

I went out for a walk today and saw a barn owl in flight int he middle of the morning, that was a lovely sight across the flat Fenland landscape.

Now then, tell me about this Brains Bitter, is it good stuff? My father was one of life's eccentrics and I remember him cooking sheeps brains a few times in olive oil.

4:24 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Ellee, Simon, Davy, yes Brains is the pint to drink in South wales!

Ellee, Barn Owl - brilliant! Did you see this

Davy, will look into that, certainly!

7:00 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

I have just been on a tramping trip worthy of the TCA. It was just a morning one, three hours. At the end, we planned to stop at the Waterford, a pub/cafe en route home. Trouble was, everyone else was there for Sunday lunch and the jazz band in the sunshine before us. So we decided to go to the Herb Farm. That was even more crowded and us trampers were starving by now. So we went to the Ashhurst Domain cafe. By now some of the lunch crowd was gone, and the afternoon tea crowd hadn't arrived. We just had a bit.... in my case a scone smothered in jam and cream (very English) and a lovely hot chocolate. (very French.)Now I am home, I will eat the sandwiches I took!

2:33 am  
Blogger TCA said...

Kiwi Nomad. That is indeed a trip worthy of the TCA especially the Scones and Jazz.


4:38 am  

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