Orange Sundays

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Orange Sundays:- Beginning with these fine fella’s – Sunday took an orange turn of events..

I woke with a kind of slowly-emerging wanderlust. Via a takeaway cappucinno, and acquisition of yesterdays Saturday Times -from the dear people who keep it for me, no matter how late I arrive.. I embarked aboard HM Fiat Punto for a journey to who knows where (or who cares where?). Said news paper purchase usually prompts the addition of a bottle for the evening ahead; but I’d had a better offer.

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Still, there were other comestibles to pur- chase..and
It’s amazing who you meet when you stop off for your organic fruit n veg’. I didn’t know what this bike was, except for vague notions of a KTM SuperDuke I’d read about recently. In my 20’s I briefly flirted with the idea of taking an engineering degree – however since the pinnacle of my maths skills was reached when it took me a day to work out the formula for an elliptical table I was tasked with designing.. a skill which was only surpassed by my successfully knitting an Arran sweater once .. I feel I probably wasn’t the best audience for the subsequent bike-speak which took place. Being a designer who would design just about anything I was asked to, and a long time appreciator of ‘bike-lines’ ensured an enjoyable chat followed, nonetheless.

Orange peppers thus acquired – they make great soup when roasted and added to carrots/butternut squash/sweet potato – it was back on the road with Elbow blaring out of the speakers and the windows rolled low.

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The rest of the day was spent on an idyllic drive, in glorious sunshine, following my nose – fitting in a trip of around 140 miles or more. Liberated by absence of a map..closing with meeting an old acquaintance somewhere near Peebles.

Via a pub complete with an orange glow about the edges.

We walked on the “beach” (river -bank) where nature ‘tango-ed’ us .. having orang-ed an appropriate sunset. Yes I know Peebles is knowhere near the sea – the actual photo was even more indistinct. I’m claiming artist’s licence.

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I was missing my daughter, who had visited last weekend from her home in Ireland, along with her cheery, mischevious and no-nonsense disposition… so with no apologies – here is a painting of her, by her great – and unsung – friend. Christo..you’re a great painter. Thank you for this – one of my favourite images, of one of my favourite people:-

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Even if I haven’t learnt how to rotate it yet. (Or found the original image). Gimme time. It’s worth the crick in the neck to view meanwhile.

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About largelyhelen

Designer, photographer, writer.
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