Daffodils

Daffodils always signal the coming of summer and the end of the dark winter days. It also reminds me of the poem, Daffodils, by William Wordsworth which was inspired by a springtime visit to Glencoyne Bay on the western shores of Ullswater. This is a beautiful area of the Lake District in England.

“Daffodils” (1804)

I wandered lonely as a cloud 
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

 

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

 

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

 

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

 

The above photographs were taken at the bottom of Airbles Road in Motherwell. As I was cycling up the hill, I stopped and took some photographs of them.   

A previous article I wrote on Derwent Water in the Lake District can be read here. It gives an idea of how lovely the area is.

A Busy Sunday Morning in Strathclyde Park

It was an early start this morning as I wanted to get in a round of golf on my local 9 hole course and go bird watching after it. It was very cold and there was some frost on the course at 7.00am, but this soon cleared.

During the winter the course is maintained and many tees and greens are not in use. Temporary ones are used instead. This should last until about the beginning of April when the course should be back to normal. 

Ice on golf trolley wheel

While on the course, the sound of music could be heard and it was obvious that there was an event on in nearby Strathclyde Park. When the music can be heard as early in the morning as 8.00am, it usually means that it is a sports event.

South Lanarkshire Leisure Duathlon  

After finishing the 9 holes, I was making my way home by foot, pulling my golf trolley behind me. In the Palace Grounds in Hamilton, I saw some runners and was told that a duathlon was in progress – South Lanarkshire Leisure Duathlon. This consisted of a 5K run, 20K bike and another 5K run. 

While passing, I managed to get some photographs of the action with my phone. 

Running


Cycling
After completing the first 5K run, the competitors had to collect their bikes and start on the road racing part of the event. 

A competitor gets his card scanned

As the competitors left the transition area with their bikes, they had to get their cards scanned. This presumably was to help the organisers in getting the details of the competitors times during the event. The competitor above is being ‘scanned’ by the woman on the left. 

Getting ready for the cycling


On the course

Commonwealth Games  
The cycling part of the event was around the closed roads of Strathclyde Park. This was the course used last year at the Commonwealth games triathlon. This is not easy – there are quite a few small sharp hills in Strathclyde Park.  

Turning point on the course


The camera phone coped reasonably well in taking the photographs but will never replace a ‘proper’ camera with a good lens.  

All-in-all it had been an eventful morning despite it only being 10.30am.