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bike1 bike2 bike3 bike4I love cycling. I love cycling with friends on Saturday mornings, I love cycling my children to school and I love family bike rides. So when we were in Amsterdam, I was delighted to see so many bicycles in fact there are more bikes than people! When they are not in use, they are chained to fences, trees or in the multi-storey bike park creating a unique cityscape. It’s fantastic that it is the norm for the entire population to cycle – you see smart businessmen on bikes, women on their way to work with children in the ‘bakfiets’ – a wagon affair attached to the front of the bike and ‘free spirits’ with decorated bikes. We joined the love affair by hiring bikes and having a day out along the canals.

Three on a bike

Three on a bike

postaweek reflections1postaweek reflections2postaweek reflections3For some years now the village minutes have read that GR has inspected the horse-chestnut tree on the bank by the play park and has suggested that because it is somewhat diseased it may need replacing. The local gossip is that this magnificent tree was planted by a school child when the village hall was the local school. It seems so sad that its days are numbered and perhaps if a new oak tree is planted, it should be done by a pupil of the current school to provide continuity. I often admire the reflections created on clear winter days and this week’s topic motivated me to capture them. In the third photo I was annoyed that the building was in the background but when I reviewed the images I realised how significant it was to have the hall there as that was the old school and the chestnut’s history is linked to that of the school. Not only was it planted by a child but it has provided chestnuts to play with, leaves to collect and branches to hide in by generations of children.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.


The reflections were so exciting that I couldn’t stop photographing them in the early morning light. I wandered around before breakfast watching waiters arrive for work, window cleaners, refuse removal men and shopkeepers counting stock as Dartmouth prepared for another day in the busy Regatta week.