Wednesday, July 27, 2011

s24o 4

Dave, hauling food and Lydia

Liza and Maia

Randy, Maia, Jeremy, Sally, and Anda

For the last few years we've all gotten together for our annual s24o bike ride, usually around the time of my birthday (late April), but this spring we were snowed out and so put it off until a later date. It took a while, but we finally managed to find a time that we could all get together.

Our rides together are a celebration of friendship, bikes, food, and adventure and we always have a great time. In truth, its a bit of work to make it all happen, but its totally worth it and is always something I look forward to.

What's been really fun is to watch the steady evolution of our trips. Last year none of the kids were riding their own bikes. This year Maia and Anda both rode the 4 or so miles to our camping spot and then rode home the next morning. Actually, Anda rode the 6 miles to our starting point, so that's 10 miles for an 8 year old each way. Solveig is on a trail-a-bike and Silas is in a trailer. I wonder if Solveig might be on a bike next year...

I found myself imagining a few years down the road when maybe we could all do more of a trip together. That would be so fun.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I've been sorta working on this for a long time. I originally saw this stencil in a 1950's British Rail promotion film. On the side of the bicycle storage car was an image much like this. After spending a bunch of time drawing it in Illustrator, I finally got around to cutting it out as a stencil on some heavy plastic material.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cycling Season

It felt like I didn't ride my bike for two years as we built the house.

This year, thank goodness, is different. The embers of my love affair with the bicycle have been rekindled and are burning strong once again. I have Nancy to thank because I've joined her two mornings a week on her commute to the bakery. She bikes from Waitsfield to Middlesex, which is about 13 miles; I ride with her about half way, to Moretown, and then ride home again and in doing so build in a "ride to work" even though I am working at home most of the time.

Having this routine has ignited the spark and now I'm all wrapped up in the pleasure of being on my bike again. I love it. While we were building the house it just never felt okay to take off and ride my bike. I'm not sure why that is, but the result was that I rarely got on my bike for two seasons. In fact, I think I biked more on Cape Cod when we went away for vacation then I did here in Vermont.

Tomorrow Nancy and I are biking at least down to Rochester and perhaps farther en route to a family get together in Chittenden.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Travelling Bees

This is the second year we have brought some of our hives down to Kingsbury Farm. It's interesting to have hives in different locations for the sake of comparison and it feels good to be contributing the value of the bees to an exciting enterprise. Aaron and Suzanne are enterprising folks and it's hard not to be intrigued by their efforts. Having farmed elsewhere they've said that they were glad to get to start out at a new farm and do it the way they would like based on that past experience. Its seems so far so good. They grow lovely produce and make yummy food for the Market Garden store.

Our bees did fine there last year but if I recall we brought them down a little farther on in the season so they didn't have all that much time to do their thing. We'll see how things go this year.