June 16th - I ad to go to Walsall to pick something up from the central sorting office. The weather was atrocious - windy and rather wet. I bit the bullet at lunchtime and pulled on shorts - wet legs dry quicker than wet trousers - and actually found it to be warm and oddly pleasant. I cycled along the canal, and noticed the flowers were in fine form, if a little battered. Orchids and waterlillies graced the Wyrley and Essington, whilst in the Goscote Valley upon my return, dog roses and sweet peas grew in scented abundance. Not a bad ride, all in all.