Some of the country’s top cyclists will return to Newport for the biennial ‘Newport Nocturne’ cycle race. The racing starts in the evening and goes on until the main event which takes place on the floodlit streets of Newport. This is a huge event for Newport and attracts about 15,000 visitors. The event usually takes place in September but it had to be squeezed between the Tour of France and the Tour of Britain this year. The date has now been agreed with British Cycling , and this will be Saturday 30th August. There will be both mens and women’s races; in the last race Wiggo’s wife took part in the inaugural ladies race.
Here are some images of the last race which was in 2012
The race is commentated on by the famous cyclist, Hugh Porter, and you can always see with him Anita Lonsbrough, his wife. She comes and helps
My fruit garden
I always have fruit from the garden on the breakfast table. Sometimes soft fruit, sometime ‘hard fruit’ – it that the correct term? I think I’m making this up as I go along! Anyway, here are some of my fruit trees; taken today
Many of my fruits are cordons, which work well down my garden path. Above is the Williams pear – flower are now past their best. This tree is getting better and better – a good fruiter every year these days This – along with my peach – are my earliest flowerers.
The Russet cordon, above, always does well. The James Grieve, below, is a martyr to codling moth. I have tried grease bands and sticky tar but to no avail. This year I have bought a pheromone trap – so we’ll see if that works. We have also had dieback on this tree.
This tree isn’t a cordon. Because of the die back we have had to be severe with pruning – as a result it looks rather strange. The apples are very useful. They are the first of my apples to ripen, and initially we use them as ‘cookers’, then as the fruit starts to turn yellow/red, they become succulent eaters – almost like I should image a cider apple would be.
I also have cherry, peach and fig trees, but they don’t look very attractive at this time of the year, so I won’t show you pictures of them!
The last topic I was intending to chat about today was our coffee. We always use ‘Fairtrade’, and because we just love the Co-op Italian for our everyday breakfast coffee, this is what I brew up for my guests. I have been learning that ‘Italian’ is simply a style of coffee. The coffee beans that the Co-op buy are from Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica and Tanzania
For more information see https://www.co-operative.coop/Corporate/PDFs/Coffee%20Report.pdf
This particular webpage – “What a difference a penny makes” – is a joint project from The Co-op, Fairtrade and Oxfam.
We lived for three years in Papua New Guinea, where we were able to buy Papuan Arabica coffee. It was interesting that the ‘nationals’ were really not interested in the ‘cash nexus’, and, if there was a local disputes in the villages, they could happily leave the coffee crop to rot while they went on a rampage. Oh dear! Occasionally, when I see PNG coffe, I will buy it, to help support their growers, but you don’t see if very often.
I am supporting Vegetarian Week 19th – 25th May and visitors here then will get a 10% reduction.
We look set for another lovely summer, lets hope so!
Best wishes, Linda