This post is almost certainly premature, there is plenty of time for more snow, ice and all that winter can bring. Nevertheless, yesterday (18th February) was significant. For the first time since December the temperatures were high enough for the first ride-out of the year, a thirty five mile round trip taking in Matfen, Ryal, Birtley, Wark, Chipchase, Barrasford and Acomb. There was no purpose other than the joy of riding and the thrill of threading country lanes with the wind in my face – actually it was quite strong and coming from all directions which can be disconcerting. When I returned, surprise, surprise, I could still feel the ends of my fingers – Spring must be just around the corner! 🙂
This is the Scrambler ticking over on the banks of the North Tyne at Wark – Happy Days!
The images were taken with an HTC One M8 Smartphone and processed in Photoshop and OnOne Perfect Photo Suite – click on the images to enlarge.
And here is some unconvincing proof of the change in the seasons – the obligatory snowdrops (not taken on a Smartphone):