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365 days of biking

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March 13th – I always love to find these, and this tree… 

14 Mar 18

March 13th – I always love to find these, and this tree consuming a wire and wood fence is a beauty, spotted on the way to work in Darlaston this morning.


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March 12th – A grim, rain-sodden commute in both directions…. 

13 Mar 18

March 12th – A grim, rain-sodden commute in both directions.


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March 11th – If you’re riding Bullmoor Lane between Hilton and… 

13 Mar 18

March 11th – If you’re riding Bullmoor Lane between Hilton and Chesterfield, in the back lanes near Shenstone, beware of mud and … other stuff.


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March 11th – A ride out to a farmer’s market then on tho… 

13 Mar 18

March 11th – A ride out to a farmer’s market then on tho Middleton Hall for cake, and back via Hints and the A5.


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March 8th – Passing again from Shenstone in daylight, I stopped… 

12 Mar 18

March 8th – Passing again from Shenstone in daylight, I stopped to take in The Little Holms, the western end of Shenstone’s Lammas Land, a public space that runs along the whole upper side of the village from rear the pumping station to the …


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March 7th – The weather is much warmer now and I’m desperately… 

12 Mar 18

March 7th – The weather is much warmer now and I’m desperately looking for signs of a nascent spring, which aren’t very forthcoming yet but the daylight is really lengthening now.


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March 6th – It was still not dark when I returned along the… 

7 Mar 18

March 6th – It was still not dark when I returned along the canal to Brownhills.


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March 6th – Passing through Walsall as dusk fell, I passed by… 

7 Mar 18

March 6th – Passing through Walsall as dusk fell, I passed by Town Wharf.


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March 4th – I was going stir crazy. A bad day – the internet was… 

5 Mar 18

March 4th – I was going stir crazy.


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March 3rd – One thing it has been nice to see of late is the new… 

5 Mar 18

March 3rd – One thing it has been nice to see of late is the new house at Highfield, south of Chasewater.


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March 1st – I took the chance to check out the Ogley Bridge… 

2 Mar 18

March 1st – I took the chance to check out the Ogley Bridge renovation work, as I feel sure it must be close to reopening soon.


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March 1st – Allegedly the first day of spring, but a better one… 

2 Mar 18

March 1st – Allegedly the first day of spring, but a better one insomuch as I was better prepared for the cold.


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February 28th – A day with two of the harshest commutes I’ve… 

2 Mar 18

February 28th – A day with two of the harshest commutes I’ve ever known – both sub zero, both punctuated by snowstorms and ferocious winds.


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February 27th – It was still bitingly cold, but the predicted… 

28 Feb 18

February 27th – It was still bitingly cold, but the predicted heavy snows missed us, instead teasing me with light flurries at the same time as bright sunshine.


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February 26th – I needed to pop into Walsall Wood so crested… 

28 Feb 18

February 26th – I needed to pop into Walsall Wood so crested Shire Oak Hill on the A461 Lichfield Road.


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February 24th – As I expected, the sunset was beautiful, but the… 

28 Feb 18

February 24th – As I expected, the sunset was beautiful, but the phone is terrible for sunsets.


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February 24th – An abortive ride out to Lichfield from which I… 

28 Feb 18

February 24th – An abortive ride out to Lichfield from which I planned to arc back around to Chasewater and catch the sunset, which looked like it would be a cracker.


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February 23rd – The mist had mostly cleared, but it was still… 

28 Feb 18

February 23rd – The mist had mostly cleared, but it was still very cold, and once more I found myself cycling back from Shentstone to Stonnall is the curious, netherworld twilight that’s neither day nor night that you get at this time of year.


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February 22nd – Frustratingly, I had to pop into Birmingham on… 

23 Feb 18

February 22nd – Frustratingly, I had to pop into Birmingham on my way home, and caught the train back out, but it was gratifying to find myself cycling back from Shenstone in almost daylight, in a misty, lovely sunset.


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February 21st – Looking down Victoria Road from Darlaston Town… 

21 Feb 18

February 21st – Looking down Victoria Road from Darlaston Town Centre you’d never really think you were in the industrial Black Country.


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February 20th – Spring is encroaching. This evening, coming… 

21 Feb 18

February 20th – Spring is encroaching.


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February 19th  – This one has been puzzling me for a while. In… 

20 Feb 18

February 19th  – This one has been puzzling me for a while.


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February 19th – Travelling to work on a grey, horrible morning I… 

20 Feb 18

February 19th – Travelling to work on a grey, horrible morning I dived onto the canal at Walsall to see if there would be anything interesting to share.


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February 18th – One of the stranger legacies of the M6 Toll… 

20 Feb 18

February 18th – One of the stranger legacies of the M6 Toll motorway coming through the area has been the drainage and pollution control lagoons that dot the countryside at intervals along it’s route.


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February 17th – Back in Brownhills, and another azure blue… 

19 Feb 18

February 17th – Back in Brownhills, and another azure blue nightfall, which the Canon camera – to which I’m now really attached – really lapped up.