I broke the news to the family last night that we are now going greener. As I suspected my plan was met with a certain amount of derision - my husband looked slightly puzzled and then smiled in a positive manner. Child number 1 nodded in a rather sagely way having experienced some of my other more radical initiatives and said with a sigh in his voice "Whatever you say, Mum". Child number 2 however, dealt with the suggestion in a less welcoming manner with dark mutterings which included phrases such as "if you think I'm walking, my bike has a flat tyre and as a final shot "what about my warm towels".
So onto day 1 of the new greener (and hopefully leaner) McGuire clan. Children off to school, dog walked no problem. Then off to a meeting with Sefton NHS to discuss children's health services in Southport and Formby. Normally I would drive to Bootle and use the time to catch up on phone calls (hands free of course) but today I chose to cycle to the train station, travel with my bike to Bootle and then cycle to my meeting. I made a rather dramatic entrance to the meeting declaring rather smugly that I had cycled to the meeting. This smugness was quickly lost when I was forced to admit that I had in fact only pedalled about 1.5 miles. But the blood was pumping and I felt good. Journey home was of less interest apart from the fact that I was very cold and much less jubilant.
Miles NOT driven 40
Miles Cycled 3