04/10/2020 by ChrisJamesAuthor
September passed in a flash for me, mainly due to my full-time job. The firm I work for set up a competition to raise money for a children’s cancer charity. The objective was to cycle as many kilometres as possible and a certain amount would be donated per kilometre. Distances were recorded by an app on our phones. Great idea, except I hadn’t counted on Michal.
At the office, Michal is the consummate legal personal assistant: professional, responsive, and very able. He also wanted to record the most kilometres. As did I. So, for nearly three weeks we pedalled away in ever-escalating distances: if I did 30km one day, he did 50km the next. If I did 70km the day after that, he did over 100km the following day. Last Tuesday alone, I cycled 110km (17 into work, 60 after work IN THE RAIN!, and then another 33 when the rain stopped), only to find, when I checked the app the next morning, that he’d done 20km more than me.
By the end of the fundraiser, Michal had 30 or so kilometres more than me, but really everyone was a winner. He and I sparking off each other like that raised more money for the charity than we would have otherwise, and of course both of us are slightly fitter than we were a month ago.
In the meantime, October has arrived and brought autumn with it. I do so enjoy watching the colours change. Here are a few shots from my garden today. Regular visitors to this blog may recall this post at the beginning of May, when I along with the rest of the James family replaced the front fence. Below, you can see how much is covered after the first five months.