Bikes and bathrobes!

If you’re one of the 400 million people who are following the World Cycling Championships right now, you’ll already know lots about Copenhagen.  And if you don’t, the organisers have put together a fantastic online guide packed with fascinating info (yes, even I learned lots of new things!) about landmarks and points on interest along the race routes.

On Wednesday the time trials are taking place on our street.  How cool is that?!  The local council have been in full swing for the past week: putting out road blocks, burning weeds on pavements, sweeping up leaves and generally making the place shine for the tv cameras.  My kids’ school are also getting in on the act and taking the pupils to watch the cycling – complete with banners they’ve made themselves at the after-school club ūüôā

If you’re watching the action on tv tomorrow, they’ll no doubt point out the local attractions.  Like this – a petrol station designed by Arne Jacobsen, the “godfather” of Danish design:

Is it just me…or does it look like the Starship Enterprise?

Or this – a theatre designed by Arne Jacobsen:

And maybe this – right next door to the theatre – the Jacobsen restaurant where you can (yep, you guessed it…) eat Nordic cuisine using Arne Jacobsen cutlery while sitting in Arne Jacobsen chairs:

Though – if I were you – I’d be looking out for Danes.  Dressed in bathrobes.  Who will be crossing the road to get to this – the bathing bridge at Bellevue beach:

Where (and this is where you’ll need your binoculars) they will throw off their bathrobes (or towels) and take their daily skinny dip in the sea.  Whatever the weather and whatever the sea temperature…

8.45 am – three on the bridge and one in the sea ūüôā

Which – if my sweetie friend V’s thermometer is to be trusted – was 14c this morning (or 58f):

 So enjoy the Time Trials.  And keep your eyes peeled…  I’m the one in the green bathrobe! ūüėÄ


Autumn flinging cheer!

Just as I was beginning to despair about autumn (my least favourite season) being fully upon us, an e-mail arrived from the Flylady

Hooray – the Zone Super Fling Boogie starts today, Monday 19 September 2011!  Which means that we are decluttering the house (in babysteps, bien s√Ľr, zone by zone) over the next few weeks in order to get ready for Christmas.  Christmas?  Yay!  My favourite time of the year.  Which, thanks to the Flylady, is not only my favourite time of the year but is now my favourite-time-of-the-year-and-I’m-not-even-stressed-about-the-whole-shebang.

Flylady timer at the ready – 7 minutes on the clock

So even though I was sick and poorly during the weekend, I awoke this morning with a song in my heart (and a cup of coffee in my hand), ready to start flinging.  (Though I didn’t allow myself to start until my Morning Routine was done, the laundry was done and I had taken out chops to defrost for tonight’s dinner.)

My bedside cabinet was mission number two…

yes, there are always magazines to throw out!

I managed all of this week’s five missions in the Master Bedroom within 30 minutes (you see, I am winning the war on clutter!).  And was feeling so good about the whole thing that I decided to dust the ceilings/top of the bedroom door (two minutes).  And then cleaned all the bedroom windows – inside and out – and the glass balcony door.  I didn’t procrastinate…I just grabbed the windex and my purple royal rag and was finished after two songs on the radio.  Only two songs and I was done!

And what will I concentrate on tomorrow?  Probably our guest bedroom.  Because we’re expecting a visit from family this week…the World Cycling Championships are taking place in Denmark and they just happen to be cycling through our street!  So keep your eyes out if you see the cycling on the telly.  Our house is the one with the shining windows… ;D

Happy Monday! ūüôā