I do wonder what the neighbors think.  It was a wet morning with clouds that had no edge, the greyness simply melted into the sky.  The lovely Sharon and I were readying ourselves to depart; on the bikes.  I have to say that I think I am used to cycling in some bad weather but the lovely Sharon had not cycled in a year and was used to fair weather cycling.  It was her idea.

So off we headed dressed head to ankle in waterproofs, inevitably the feet would be soaked.  I thought that the lovely Sharon would begin to regret her grand idea by the time we neared Belfast.  Occasionally I glanced behind me to find her just behind me grinning.  She was loving it.  Sometimes a Disney scripted bunny would hop in front of her to heighten her delight.

Once we arrived in the heart of the city we secured the bikes outside st George’s market and peeled off the waterproofs.  I even went as far as to remove my trainers and ring out my socks in the corner, how uncouth.

We are regulars at st George’s market on Fridays before work.  The lovely Sharon gets the fruit and veg as i hover with a coffee.  I would help out if I could, but she is too particular and I am too flippant with my choices. However, on this wet sock day it was Saturday, an entirely different type of market.  Instead of huge amounts of local food cheaper than tescos (Friday market) it is now very small amounts of organic food at three times the price of tescos (Saturday market).  Instead of two coffee stalls (Friday market) it is now twenty (Saturday market).  Instead of stalls selling hoover bags and lightbulbs (Friday market) it is now stalls selling arty sculptures and birdboxes (Saturday market).  Instead of the indecipherable but hypnotic calls of fishmongers (Friday market) it is now a funky jazz band (Saturday market).  This is the middle class version of St George’s market.  Suddenly I feel more conscious and guilty at ringing out my socks in corner.

The rain had cleared by lunchtime and the cycle home was made even more pleasant.   And again the bunnies made an appearance.

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