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50 Shades of Grey

A Saturday morning cycle ride under the grey clouds of Belgium.

After a couple of gorgeously sunshiny days, unfortunately this morning dawned dull and cloudy, and the weather forecast was not much more optimistic. Still, Saturday morning is Saturday morning; for me the best day to get out and about. I fancied a bike ride today, so I planned a 30 km route, got the bike out and set off. Still no hint of sunshine, so I thought I’d set the camera to black-and-white, if only to give me an excuse to use the blog title!

First stop, the canal ...
First stop, the canal …

... then over the railway line ...
… then over the railway line …
.. and onto the cycle path
.. and onto the cycle path

At this point it began to rain, but I remained optimistic that it would clear up. After all, a bit of rain wasn’t putting these little guys off …

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It took me back 50 years to when I used to play in the school team, and then back 15-20 years ago to when I watched my two sons play on Saturday mornings.
It took me back 50 years to when I used to play in the school team, and then back 15-20 years ago to when I watched my two sons play on Saturday mornings.
The Mums watched from a distance, while having a chat in the dry.
The Mums watched from a distance, while having a chat in the dry.

At this stage I got a little bit lost, but I didn’t mind as I came across this place …

P1040685It’s an old brewery, based around a tower that dates back to the 14th century.

I think I will return here in the spring and pay a visit to the place.
I think I will return here in the spring and pay a visit to the place.

Obviously in this area of Belgium they like their beer …

P1040673And then as the clouds darkened further (I think I counted the 51st shade of grey) I crossed the River Demer.

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There is an excellent cycle path all along the River Demer, which I am planning to cycle along in the near future
There is an excellent cycle path all along the River Demer, which I am planning to cycle along in the near future

By this stage the rain was quite heavy, and I soon got rather wet.

In fact I wouldn't have been much wetter if I had jumped in the river!
In fact I wouldn’t have been much wetter if I had jumped in the river!

About Denzil

Discovering Belgium is my personal blog describing places to visit in Belgium. It mainly focuses on walking and cycling in nature, but also covers cities and events.

9 comments on “50 Shades of Grey

  1. A poetic reflection on a morning well-spent 😉

  2. Thank you for sharing your morning ride out and about and hope you’ve dried off and warmed up. 🙂

  3. These photos really give a sense of the day and it looks like you enjoyed in spite of the rain. Mr ET would love to visit that brewery.

  4. Great post, Denzil! Black and white photography does the Belgian weather justice, doesn’t it? 🙂

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