Some great partnerships were built to last. Marks and Spencer. Morecambe and Wise. Others, like Kylie and Jason or Sonny and Cher, just weren’t meant to survive some cruel twist of fate. Alas, this was the case for Wally and Annabelle. Wally got nicked and Annabelle had no-one to accompany her on her little jaunts around Bath or to BOA or Bristol.
Wally was mourned, of course. He may still appear out of the blue – keep an eye out for his trademark red and yellow stripes beneath a shoddy black overcoat. Yet life goes on and so does the need to hit the road, especially when the sun is out. So, soon after Wally’s disappearance, a new cycling couple was born out of a fruitful snoop and shop at the wonderful Bath Bike Workshop http://www.bath-bike-workshop.org.uk/.
Arnold is a chunky monkey with funky inverted handlebars. A rugged type perfect for the towpath. His new partner is Winnie, perhaps more street wise than Annabelle and more suited to the rigours of a bumpy ride.
Here they are enjoying the sun near Freshford during this week’s pootle.
At this time of year, the bacon sarnie quest has given way to a more sunny search for ice cream, tea, cake or the perfect G&T. This week’s mid-ride treat was a tiny, if pricey (£1.65!), pot of Marshfield ice cream at the George at Bathampton. The toffee fudge fiasco was A-game.
Annabelle is still around of course, and doubtless she will join Arnold for a jolly or two.
It’s what Wally would’ve wanted.