The End of Summer
Well! The summer whizzed by. There it was, gone. And now LittleBit is at high school, getting the school bus all by herself. She's absolutely loving it. I am getting used to it. Slowly!
And this was after we cycled the Monsal Trail the week before! I didn't actually think I was going to make it to Buxton, from Bakewell (uphill all the way), but I did, just. And then we had ice cream and cycled back to Bakewell much, much faster, before going to The Ram's Head in Disley for tea. It's a bit of a trek, so we don't go very often, but it has special memories for us, as we stopped there on the way to our honeymoon, so it's nice to go back and visit occasionally.
I expect we'll be cycling less as the seasons change, I am very definitely a fair weather cyclist, but we'll try to get out on dry weekend days! There's a few cycle routes nearer to us than the Monsal Trail (although we managed it there and back with cycling and meals in a day this time, so could go again), but Beloved would like to cycle the Wirral Way, which I have walked before, and LittleBit wants to try Formby, although I'm not entirely convinced that's for the cycling.
Around the zoo! We also managed one last ride on the Monorail, which is being dismantled (with no plans to replace it with anything in the 15 year plan) we managed to sit right at the front and we're glad we did. We only went for the afternoon, so not as long, or as far, as other trips have been, but we did manage to glimpse a red panda (though not the new born cubs), the owls and got a great shot of the lioness!
I haven't finished the Summer Reading Challenge for book club yet, I'm still working my way through the pile! I'm currently reading Pym by Mat Johnson, which is my book set on a different continent. I'm slightly under halfway through it and it's, weird. I'm enjoying it, but the plot is not quite what I had expected! The premise (without giving too much away) is that the Protagonist is a Literature Professor at a university, who is supposed to specialise in African American Literature, but has a thing for Poe, and also collects rare manuscripts. He acquires a manuscript shortly after being fired, written by a character in a supposedly fictitious novel by Poe, which makes Chris, the Protagonist, believe that it was, in fact, a true story, and so, he engages his cousin and some other people to crew a mission to Antartica to try and investigate if there is any truth to the story, at the same time as harvesting ice from the ice caps to bottle, ship back to the US and sell as pure water... As you do. I don't want to do spoilers, because it's interesting, and to be honest, nothing has been fully explained at the point I'm up to yet, so I'd probably get it totally wrong. It's interesting looking at Poe's writing through this book too. I haven't read much Poe, although I think I have an omnibus of his collected works on kindle I have been putting off, his descriptions of non-white characters, if the portrayal is true in this book, does sound scandalous. Is that really how people thought back then? If only for that reason, this is a fascinating read, although the plot, whilst not quite what I expected, is engaging.