Monday, 9 May 2011

The Bicycle Diaries - Chestnut Sunday

On a Sunday in May Bushy Park closes to regular vehicular traffic. It means the best way to get across London's second largest Royal Park is by bicycle. But for good reason, as it is the annual Chestnut Sunday Parade:



As befits Bushy Parks military history in the planning of the D-Day landings, a lot of the parade focuses on military vehicles. Fun for the kids, but in my opinion, still a girsly reminder of a horrific period in human history. Maybe it is my recent trips to Poland, but celebrating WWII seems inappropriate to me. Still, they are interesting spectacles to see and it is great fun if you have children:



But most importantly, it is Spring. There is a flavour in the air, a certain bit of fun. I am an eternal optimist, but as the days get longer and the weather hotter, hey, what is there not to enjoy when riding the bicycle?

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