28 November 2010
In the Nightime bad Thunder and Lighting at 3.30 am and then loads of Snow falling covering everywhere. It is unusual to get it so early if at all, we usually only get it in the New Year in January or February. The Next Day I headed off to the National Demonstration against the Government and the Austerity measures they are trying to bring in. I brought the Dutch Bike with me and was able to proceed fine in the Snow until I was going the last few Metres of our Estate onto the main Road. Then I slipped on a piece of Ice,I tried to remain upright but fell sideways but did not hurt myself because of the extra Clothes I had on ,I only though about Deflating the Tyres a little bit to give me more Traction Today . I picked myself up and twisted the Ding Dong Bell back into position and headed off to the City and Christchurch Cathedral at the start of the Demo. I kept meeting People on the way into Town I knew either going to the Demo or else going about their Business in spite of the Snow on their Bicycle's. I met a few more People I knew on the March to the GPO with their Bikes.
I also got a new Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bike last week and it is Beautiful. It is 26'' wheels with Contact City Tyres and a WTB Saddle which I dont like. I went off and bought a Brooks Flyer Saddle and Bottle Cage's and a Bottle of Bike Cleaning Fluid. It looks like we will have this Snow for a Week or two it seems.
Pics are Myself on Gerty the Dutch Bike, Woman with Bike and Child on Demo, Protestor on O'Connel Monument in O' Connell Street, Snow in Gardens and my Road, The New Surly LHT.
01 November 2010
We continued along the Coastal Road all the way to Dun Laoghaire/ Dun Leary/ Formerly Kingstown back when before Independence and changed back to Dun Laoghaire. This Town is very Sedate very much like Brighton in England full of the Grand Old Houses of the Wealthy Elite back in the Day but now for a Grand part turned into Apartments.
It was too early for Lunch being it only 11.50 am so we went to the Peoples Park and Strolled around looking at the Sunday Market then took Photo's. Then we went about 3 - 4 Km 2miles up the Road to Dalky and Bulloch Harbour and more Photo's and looked at the Seals the Rocks and the Sea and Sky then eventually had Lunch in a small Café in Dalky Village.
On the way back we stopped of at the Jame's Joyce Martello Tower of Ulysse's Fame and had a look at the Forty Foot Bathing Spot, then continued along the Coastal Route back to Dun Laoghaire then eventually back to Ballsbridge and said our Goodbyes to each other on a very Enjoyable Day out. It was still only 3.30pm so I said to them I was going up to the Dublin Flea on Newmarket Square thinking that they might want to tag along but no they decided to go Home.
So I went off into the City and Kevin Street beside St Patricks Cathedral then Dean Street and then New Row South then into Newmarket Square and had a Browse around the Stalls but did not buy anything. I had a look at Bespoke Cyclery and a Leather Saddle they had for Sale and expressed my Interest but held off buying it until another time perhaps then headed Home.
I got back Home and it still was only 4.45pm it was getting Dark because of the Clocks going back the Night before.