Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tree & Bales

Tree & Bales
Originally uploaded by Snowbabies

Debbie's new bike arrived in the week so we've been out for a ride this morning. The new model seems to be much better built that the last one and having got the gears adjusted half way round, Debbie was gliding along without a care in the world.

We stopped just outside Wortley Hall to watch the combined harvester and got some shots of the bales left behind.

We're back home now, having a well earned chilled out afternoon.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dodgy Bikes

We each bought a new bike from Argos a couple of months ago, Debbie got a Challenge Oriana and I got the fella's version which is the same bike but in blue.

When they arrived the front wheel on mine was buckled, but rather than faf about sending it back I just swapped it for the wheel on my old bike. I wish now that I'd listened to Debbie and sent it back straight away.

We've only managed to get out on them a couple of times due to the rubbish weather we've had this summer.

Yesterday we took advantage of the rare weekend sunshine and went for a ride around the local woods. On the home straight along a path next to a busy main road I noticed Debbie wasn't behind me, I turned round to see her in the distance looking at her bike.

I was horrified to find that the chain had snapped, wrapped around the cogs, sheared half the spokes on the wheel forcing the pedals to bounce back smacking Debbie in the knee and throwing her from her bike.

Debbie is in one piece save a few scratches and painful bruises but it could so easily have been much worse if we had been on the road or the bike had made it on to the road from the path.

Checking over her bike, I noticed that the plastic guard on the back wheel was missing and thought that the chain might have jumped of the biggest cog but Debbie was changing from 4th to 3rd at the time so the chain shouldn't have been anywhere near the spokes.

I checked my bike and found the that the plastic guard was shattered and hanging on by a thread.

I called Argos, because we've had them over 30 days we can't have a refund, the best they can do is replace them with the same models. However, because Debbie's bike is out of stock she can have a refund but I've got to have the same model which I'm not happy about. All I can do is inspect it thoroughly when it arrives.

On top of that, they won't collect on Saturdays so we've got to wait until October so we can make sure that the new bike is delivered in one piece.

This morning Debbie's back is painful after the jolt yesterday, I think we'll be taking it easy today, gentle pottering about in the garden and a few good films on TV.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

RIP Tinsley Towers

Shot from Meadowhall a couple of weeks ago, they won't be there tomorrow.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

DS Addicts

Originally uploaded by Snowbabies

Here's a shot that Debbie took last weekend.

No new shots this weekend due to rubbish weather and the fact that I've been totally adicted to Animal Crossing - Wild World and Debbie has been unable to put down New Super Mario.


Thursday, August 07, 2008


Originally uploaded by Snowbabies

We've been trying to grow sunflowers for years, all sorts of varieties and all have failed.

This year for some reason we've got loads of sunflowers around the bird table from the scattered bird seed. The proper packets of seed we've sewn around the garden have failed as usual.

Debbie got this shot at the weekend, we've got two flowering at the moment with one about to open and at least ten more on the way.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Red Rose

Red Rose
Originally uploaded by Snowbabies

Not much bird activity in the garden yesterday so I had a crack at a rose instead.


Friday, August 01, 2008

White Lilly

Originally uploaded by Snowbabies

White lilly in our garden.