Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Days Of A New Spring
The cherry tree outside our house has a magnificent blossom this year. On a bright day, it's so luminous it looks like a photo taken on infra-red film. I love that tree. I'm always alert for council blokes in hi-viz vests who might want to chop it down to 'improve' the pavement. All that pollen played havoc with my hay fever last saturday as I converted Bella, my 1974 Vespa Sprint Veloce from a sort Fisher-Price Activity Centre for cats into what will be my summer ride. A good scrub removed the slick of protective WD40 and with four kicks she awoke from hibernation. Scooters don't like being put away for winter. When I remove Bella's covers for the first time, it always strikes me how much her headset looks like a dog sulking with its ears back. She'll cheer up when I put some miles under those Ten Inch Wheels.