Here are a few pictures from a great weekend down on the Kent coast.
It started with the internet purchase of a £40 pound old Peugeot racer (bargain) I spent a day fixing it up in my grandads shed, which is heaven -the tools are all antique, and everything smells of oil and varnish. It took a while but the bike fixed up a treat
The second it was finished I took it to the beach for a rainy ride. I was the only idiot there but I had the biggest smile on my face
Then the sun came out, my Dad finished work and rode down. He has just bought a mountain bike and has got the bike bug -which is perfect as father son time now involves a ride. Chuck that in with beach time and I'm happy.
I've always beach-combed since I was a little kid and my lass makes jewellery out of what I find. It's the most relaxing and satisfying thing to do and it's mad what the tide brings in. This hoard includes a plastic hand and half a china joker's face. To sum it up I'd say a perfect day -it couldn't be more stress free.
Cheers then Matt/45
After last week's launch of the new Coffee Peaks T-Shirt of the Month, the lovely people at Mozzo Coffee very kindly decided to send us some free samples of their 100% Fairtrade & Organic Arabica coffee. And a mug! Thank you, guys.
For those of you who don't know Mozzo, their history is pretty cool - check it out here.
And if you're a coffee fan, don't miss our latest T-Shirt of the Month - More on there here.
I know its september and its that time to dig out your old woolies and warm jackets but I just wanted to say before it really does get cold that the sea is really lovely and warm.
If you get chance, whether its swimming or kayaking or just having a paddle, this is the best time of year to be in the sea.
I went for a surf yesterday and it was like bobbing around in a warm bath, I would advise on a summer wetuit for the full on warm effect but even so its still pretty good without a wetsuit.
Don't forget, it'll be cold, windy, icy cold raining and threatening snow before you know it so make the most of it.
September has only just began and...
the car parks are empty
the beaches are quiet
there are no queues in the supermarket or coffee shop
the mornings are clear & crisp
the berries are bursting out of the hedgerows
the evenings are drawing in
there's a nip in the air before the sun goes down
jumpers are coming out of storage for snuggling into
there's some surf on its way
hurray hurray hurray I love september
Just had this cool little link pop up in my twitter feed (thanks to @CliveAndrews)
This video is made up of screen shots from Oliver O'Brien's London cycle hire station status map (oobrien.com/vis/bikes/).
Each second of video is 1 hour in real life and the video starts midnight Tuesday 10th August and ends midnight Wednesday the 11th.
It really shows all the bikes flooding into central London in the morning and then leaving in the evening!
Blue circles represent bike stations that are less than half full, red circles are over half full.
Where I'm from (Peebles, Scottish Borders) and where I am (Cardigan, West Wales) are two places defined by the rivers running through them, the Tweed is famous for the fabric, the Teifi for being the home of the Coracle. They are both beautiful rivers flowing from high in the hills down to the sea, great for paddling and home to some amazing wildlife including salmon and otters.
Unfortunately that's not all they share, with salmon come poachers and with poachers come nets and with nets comes a horrible word - bycatch. All the things that get tangled up but aren't wanted, birds, young fish and otters.
There are a lot of companies that make clothes out there.
Now I live in Cardigan Bay it can be quite overwhelming visiting shopping and town centers, there is so much choice, so how do you choose?
Why we do what we do, is at the heart of howies, we don't just make clothes.
Here's some why we do's:
We are passionate about our doing our sports
We want clothes to suit our lifestyle of being outdoors, getting hot, cold, wet and exhausted
We beleive in not spreading our cotton with chemical spray to keep the bugs off when there are friendlier methods available
We believe in not using petrochemicals for base layers when there is a sustainable alternative which works better and doesn't smell
We beleive in making better quality products so they are not thrown away in a few weeks, they are treasured for years to come instead
We make local wherever possible
We use natral trims and fastenings wherever possible
We love nature and watching the seasons change
We like to wear our denim in and make our own history
We like stuff which works
We love tea made in the pot, with cake
We like telling stories about our clothes
We like going for a run, ride, swim at lunch time
We like telling stories about our adventures