• The Bliss of the Scythe - "The longer Levin mowed, the oftener he felt the moments of unconsciousness in which it seemed not his hands that swung the scythe, but the scythe mowing of itself, a body full of life and consciousness of its own, and as though by magic, without thinking of it, the work turned out regular and well finished of itself. These were the most blissful moments."

    from "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy

  • Home from work at a reasonable time, dark but not too cold.

    Upstairs, change, shorts, tee-shirt.

    Down, find headphones (Sennheiser : quality), ipod.

    Out to conservatory, cycle shoes on. Engage friction drive, mount and clip in.

    Headphones on, Electric Ladyland, lets play...

    ...And the Gods Made Love. Start that big wheel turning. Crank it slowly up.

    Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) - we're getting in a groove and we are on our way there.

    Through the Cross Town Traffic, harder to get through, but now at a good pace. Head down.

    Weeell I'm a Voodoo Chile dum dum, da dum yes we're starting to climb. Find the bigger gear and keep it up through the first climax.

    Now we're flying. Head down. Eyes closed. Bass driving from an Airplane. Drums pounding. Blood thumping. Winwood duelling Jimi. A fire is starting to burn. Keeeep it UP da dum, dum dum.

    Lift off. Into the third climax and we're floating in the clouds. Come into my parlour Little Miss Strange. Easy and fast. Driving on through the Long Hot Summer Night.

    Come On - faster still and - Let The Good Times Roll. Rolling down now I can see those Gypsy Eyes, down through the gears, easier now. Time for the Burning of the Midnight Lamp. Echoes of ecstasy as the heart slows and the endorphins flow.

    That's twenty something minutes of full on effort. Thanks Jimi. Ambition to be able to keep it up till the Moon Turns the Tides by beginning of February and All Along (past) The Watchtower into a Slight Return Voodoo Chile by clock change time in March. Then we can hit the real road in daylight.