OMG! Who cycled into Kilrenny?!

My bike propped against a bridge, with Kilrenny in the background.
My bike propped against a bridge, with Kilrenny in the background.

I was out on my bike again today, and what a glorious day to be cycling around the small backroads of the East Neuk of Fife. It was the debut for my new Altura Nevis fluorescent yellow cycling jacket, which was soon relegated to being tied around my waist as I began to overheat in the sunshine.

As I’m building myself up again towards getting fit, I’d rather go out for 30 mins and enjoy it than for an hour and feel miserable and sore and then not go out again for weeks as a result. So I ventured out for 30 minutes, on a quick loop out of Anstruther on the St Andrews road and then back via a picturesque backroad into Kilrenny.

What do you mean where is Kilrenny? Kilrenny is the place that was featured on the BBC News maps helping people locate Cellardyke after the dead swan (with the H5N1 strain of bird ‘flu) was discovered:

“Where is Cellardyke?” most people I spoke with asked. But the BBC kindly answered that question for them, with this map:

Map from BBC News showing Cellardyke and Kilrenny.

“Ohh…!” people would then say, “that Cellardyke! The one next to Kilrenny!”

Kilrenny is a lovely, tiny, village, and even smaller than Cellardyke. That’s Kilrenny in the background in the photograph above; I should take more photographs of the surrounding countryside. It’s particularly beautiful just now.

And I heard on the grapevine recently that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were bidding for a property just outside Kilrenny too. Bidding against this man, seemingly. I’ve not heard whether they bought it or not.


In other news Jane and her sister arrived safely in Canada. I had a quick telephone call from her the other day to say hello. They are off to Vancouver Island today for a few days and then visit Seattle for a couple more before returning to Vancouver for the flight back to Blighty. We’ve yet to chat on Skype.

And, yes, I’m coping without her. I always find that I struggle for the first few days, and then I settle into my own rhythm. The house hasn’t been so clean and tidy for as long as I can remember! I’m a neat and tidy boy at heart.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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