Sunday, 18 September 2016

For One Day Only...

...the peace of our tiny village is shattered, public footpaths are closed and the population is more than doubled.



An Enduro race is hosted by a local farmer.  

The route takes the participants through quite a number of harvested barley fields, along a portion of the old railway line and out into 'our' barley field.



The first race is the one to get the barley harvested, and the straw baled in time.

Not so this year, harvest was completed well before time.

The first competitors begin their circuits at 10.30 am and then, almost magically, on the dot of midday, the noise is stilled and they all stop for lunch.




Racing is resumed at 1.30 p, and by 3 pm the last competitor had completed the final lap.    

Peace.




"Can we go for a walk now?"

Toodle Pip.

6 comments:

  1. Come 4pm it's well time to have a cup of tea.

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    1. Hello Molly, I'm really happy to hear from you. When I read your latest post and was pondering on what to say, I found it had disappeared again. I often wonder how you are getting on and, I imagine, I am not the only one. Glad to hear that you still have family and friends about. Stay strong.xxx

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  2. And a good time was had by all, especially you when the noise dies down? Love the toodle pip.

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    1. Hello Linda, Even the dog and the cats were relaxed about it this year, which makes a change because they normally go into hiding. I took the dog for his walk through the field and along the old railway line afterwards, it was blissfully peaceful, the overhanging shrubs and brambles had been cut back so it felt almost cathedral-like along there. It was worth three hours of noise just for that!

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  3. I'd have been out there with my zoom lens for some close up's

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    1. Hello Bill, I bet you would have got some fabulous shots, too. My brother used to be their photographer and would spend the whole race tramping about getting brilliant action shots.
      I spent some time trying out my new compact camera, it has 30x zoom which is how I got the shots at the top of the post, the bikes were at least 100 yards away. The quality is not as good as it would be with my bigger cameras, but I do love the fact that it will fit into a small pocket. I am still at the stage of finding out what it can and cannot do, as well as trying to teach my fingers to find the right buttons and levers, quickly!

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