Thursday, 3 July 2014

3rd July 2014 Eccles Ecstasy 22

Out with Mick today and the mission is to get to La Delicia in Balsall Common and demolish an Eccles Cake each. We have been debating (and salivating) over this for some time now. Met Mick near the University and cycled through there, out via Canley and Tile Hill to Balsall Common.

Citroen Tea Wagon

Came upon this on the University Campus, near to the Science and Hard Sums Dept. Never seen it before. An early Citroen Van, judging by the number plate, possibly mid 50s or early 60s, converted into a tea and sandwich bar. Very chic. We had not long started so too early to stop for refreshments, besides, the Eccles were calling.

Keep fit or collapse in a heap?

Depends on the person I suppose. This is a new addition to the Campus and will encourage the students to work out whilst jogging around the many footpaths on site. Clever design, all about lifting  using your own body weight as opposed to the usual stack of iron associated with these things.  Mick is not posing for the photograph, he really did do two repetitions on that particular apparatus.


We made Balsall Common tea spot in a roundabout route I had not done before. Very pleasant in the sunshine. At the cafe, we sat outside with our tea and Eccles Cakes and savoured the moment. Leaving Balsall, headed down the Greenway and found hordes of scarecrows lining the path. These are a sample of two of them. This is all part of the annual Burton Green Scarecrow competition held at this time of year. They are at the Berkeswell end of the Greenway and should be in situ until the 6th July if you are up that way.  The second one amused me, hard to see on the picture but she has a large glass of red wine in her left hand.  If I have the time, I may go and get some more of these for the next instalment.

A very enjoyable trip out this morning. Clocked just over 22 miles.

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