Saturday, June 30, 2012

Le tour

Early last July I blogged about watching the Tour de France. This little essay was posted early in the tour, well before Cadel's triumph. The blog June initiative had inspired me to keep on blogging, if more sporadically than during the month of June.

So it seems fitting that the last day of blog June 2012 should coincide with the start of this year's tour. We've just watched the special documentary One Sunday in Paris; delighted in Gabriel Gaté's Taste le tour in Liège (Belgian waffles and potato salad with mussels); and are now settling in by the fire for the first stage.

The time trial is underway. Only two and a half hours to wait until last year's yellow jersey winner makes his appearance. It seems that Cadel will not be wearing yellow in the traditional way, due to a change of sponsors. Never mind. We hope to see him wearing yellow again in three weeks time, on the streets of Paris.

Earlier today we went for a stroll in Balwyn's beautiful Maranoa Gardens. In the middle of winter there are not too many flowers on display, but this beautiful golden wattle brightened up a cold afternoon. An appropriate colour for celebrating Cadel's triumphant return to Le tour.

Wattle, Maranoa Gardens
Wattle, Maranoa Gardens
Finally, thank you to all the June bloggers for your dedication to the challenge and for your inspirational writings. It's been such a pleasure getting to know you better, and I hope we can keep in touch.


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