Biking…

Or rather the lack of it.

I managed to get out after work a couple of times recently. The sun was shining and the evenings, well, not quite balmy, but a darn sight warmer than this /last week. It rained all weekend…and it’s raining today. What this means to the inner biker…? That the country park across the motorway from me is going to be one big quagmire and it’s not remotely attractive! But, it’s a great place to go – when it’s not just mud.

The first time I took my bike there (a new bike) I got it stuck in about two foot of mud. I ended up covered in mud, sprayed with mud and with blobs of the stuff all over the bike!  Last time I went there – my not so shiny bike performed really well – but it was a different ‘ride’ altogether. The paths dry and bumpy, the gravel bits really good fun at speed 😉  and no mud. I improved my time around my favourite circuit and managed not to fall off! ‘Granny gears’ played an important part in the really steep bit up to the viewpoint…but I still feel the need to get off, before I fall off!! (Will I ever feel confident enough about not falling off going up steep hills???).

Oh well – tonight?
The driving range maybe…? Yoga? Got to do something!

Recycling…

You know what it’s like, you’ve collected your things together, loaded the car and you feel good that you’re making the positive move to recycle paper, card, glass, foil, plastic, cans and even clothes.  But, you get to the local site to find it overflowing! Why is that?

 Our council tax has increased in recent years to bring better availability for recycling and an increase in the number of local sites – yet nine times out of ten you can’t recycle because the site hasn’t been properly maintained. (Option 1: get in the car drive to another site, option 2: get in the car drive home and unload again option 3:dump it at the site anyway option 4: get in the car and take it to the dump…). The common thing here is getting in the car and driving again…ooh, an even bigger carbon footprint when the effort was aimed at the opposite@*&!!~@@!!!!

I visit the site once a week with as much recycling as possible. I’ve just ordered a composting bin so that I can reduce my landfill contribution even further… And, it seems many other people in my little area of Surrey are doing the same.

Where’s the same commitment from the council?

Where I lived previously, the council collected all our recycling excluding glass but including garden waste. Here…it’s a different matter. The council collects paper. Oh, but for an extra fee you can buy a brown bin and they will offer a “garden” waste colletion.

So, the council tax countinues to increase and still I have to find extra cash to be able to do my bit for recycling… Shouldn’t we be encouraged to do more??