Setting out at 06.00.
Cold in the air, birds singing.
Horses standing asleep
in the fields.
Saw first other human at 06.50 – another cyclist.
Rabbits scattering across the fields,
stupid suicidal pheasants running
along the road before me.
Lambs tucked into their mothers' flanks under the hedgerow, watching me pass, wide eyes, ears sticking out sideways.
07.15 saw second human – a lady walking her dog.
07.55 Home for breakfast.