I was really self-indulgent today. I bought two micro wave ready meals for lunch (not very thrilling) and sat from 10.30am until the finish later afternoon, watching the Tour de France.
I thought the organisation was splendid, although quite often, particularly in 'special' places - like on the Buttertubs climb- the crowds were huge and really got in the way of the cyclists, being silly and jumping out in front of them (one man wearing only underpants and with his arms blackened).
It showed the Yorkshire Dales off to great advantage on a gloriously sunny day - we looked our absolute best. We were proud to live in such a beautiful area.
Then, sadly, right at the end, Mark Cavendish crashed out and it looked as though he had broken his collar bone, which will surely put him out of the whole race. He looked to be in severe pain as he limped on his bike to the finish line. What a disappointment for the British team - I wonder where they go from here.
All credit is due to Gary Verity, Head of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, who was largely instrumental in bringing the tour to the area. He should feel very proud (and relieved) tonight, although tinged with sadness over Cavendish.
Back to normal for the whole area soon, although many places are continuing festivites tonight with barbecues, parties and the like. The farmer and I are staying put.
I have managed to get most people back on my blog - still a few more to go - and I am having difficulty with Linda and with Dominic - they just will not arrive on my blog list. I will get Dominic to look at it for me when he has a minute. In the meantime please keep visiting.