A grey day for a bike ride #SundayStills

Baby, it’s cold outside!

It’s mid May and it’s turned cold!

Yes it is to be expected as we near the start of winter (on 1 June), but it feels like it’s snuck up on us in some ways. We’ve had glorious autumn days with real warmth to be found in pockets of protected sunshine.

But this morning we woke to a sparkly, icy covering thanks to a visit from Jack Frost!

Frosty morning
A frosty morning

Sunday started out sharp, sunny with blue skies, but by mid morning the grey clouds were rolling in and as the sunshine disappeared, so the temperature started dropping.

It was at about this time that the Mathematician suggested we go for a bike ride! I’d been away for most of the week and we hadn’t managed much riding, so we were keen to get some kilometres under our belt. I only had a few kilometres to go to finish my 675km virtual Icelandic Loop challenge. And I did it today!

I've completed the Icelandic loop challenge
I’ve completed the Icelandic loop

Grey as a colour

If I’m honest, I don’t really like the colour grey, it seems dull and nondescript to me. I know it can be much more and although it suits many people and is a staple in many wardrobes, it isn’t a colour I often wear.

I’m more a ‘sunny day’ kind of dresser, I’m known for my love of bright and cheerful colours, which could be described as my own take on ‘bold‘! Grey seems to wash my colouring out and doesn’t do much for me, so as a result I don’t often wear it.

My hair has some grey threads shining through, but on the whole, with the help of my hairdresser, I am still rocking a sort of ‘natural’ hair colour.

Grey Days and a but…

Like my fashion style my preferred days are sunny, bright and warm with spring, autumn and summer amongst my favourite seasons.

I know we all need the odd grey day so I try to make the most of them.

Like today! Although it was only 6 degrees outside, we bundled up in warm cycling gear, and went for a ride along our rail trail, turning at the half way point and riding back home. All up it was about 30km which was enough to make me feel invigorated and alive.

I could easily have edited these photos to make them brighter and more appealing but I wanted to show you just how grey and bleak it was out there!


The sky might have been grey, but the people out on the trail were all happy and smiling in their bright coloured jackets; the parrots flying around us and landing on the verges were bright and colourful; the odd ray of sunshine permeating the grey clouds provided a beautiful light on the countryside; the fresh air was bracing; the exercise was appreciated.

Which makes this saying so very true!

Days are only as grey as you allow them to be.


What do you do when it’s a grey and cold Sunday?

You plonk yourself down in front of the fire in the old bean bag you’ve been meaning to get rid of for a while now and enjoy a cup of tea. And you write a blog post for #SundayStills 🙂

In front of the fire
In front of the fire

(I also noticed I’m actually wearing grey tights today, which is funny considering my comments above about rarely wearing grey!)

Sunday Stills and Life this Week

Grey is the prompt for Terri’s #sundaystills this week, (although Terri spells it as gray). I always try to join in when I can. It’s a great community of bloggers who share their images and thoughts so generously. And Terri is the glue that holds it all together! I’ve also joined in with Denyse for her #lifethisweek prompt of Sharing Your Snaps.

I’ve included these shots are from my archives, they popped up when I searched for grey.

Thanks for stopping by!

Debbie 🙂

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40 Replies to “A grey day for a bike ride #SundayStills”

  1. It’s very grey here in Perth too but not nearly as cold. I don’t mind the odd grey day but there’s nothing like a blue sky to set your mood. We are quite spoilt in Australia

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  2. Hi Deb – it’s a bit grey here in WA too today – overcast with a bit of spotty rain, Winter is definitely on its way. Seeing your woodfire pic reminded me of how much we loved our’s when we lived on our 2 acres in the bush. Now we make do with a very efficient gas heater….but it’s just not the same as sitting looking at those crackling flames.

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    1. No nothing beats sitting in front of a wood fire Leanne!! At this very moment I’m standing in front of it warming my backside, turning like I’m a chicken on a rotisserie 😂


  3. I am not a huge fan of gray, damp and cold or cool days, which is why I travel south in the winter. This year I spent a lot of time sitting inside reading and looking for sunshine. I love the bike trail you rode on. The gray looks brooding. Unlike you, I am anticipating summer here, but today is gray and rainy. Have a good week Deb.

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  4. Love your gray day pics and the fact you bundled up and took that bike ride, Debbie! My bike is still in storage in California, but hope to get it back next month. Love the idea of your virtual Icelandic bike ride, how cool! Thanks for sharing your warm spot by the fire in your grey leggings. High fives on turning a grey post into something special with your warmth! Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Interestingly it was cold here yesterday (well, single digits) and really windy so chilly in the breeze but the sky was blue and the sun was beaming down. Had it not been for the wind it might have been lovely.

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  6. I don’t kind wearing the odd piece of grey clothing but if it’s the sky that’s grey, I am not happy. I get Seasonal Affective Disorder which makes the cold season, the pits for me. Hurry up spring again…

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  7. I remember those days teaching in the north west..and we didn’t even have anything other than one fire at the farm cottage we rented with our baby…and still teaching. The things you do…as youngsters. I found I had more grey in my Sunday Stills post than I realised and it was the Bridge Climb outfits in grey (camouflage) on the bridge that reminded me there is so grey I love. I actually said that as I drove over the Harbour Bridge yesterday on my way to Hamilton. Denyse

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    1. Yes those grey outfits for climbing the bridge are very flattering aren’t they? Some grey things are nicer than others! I love sitting near our fire, it’s just a wonderful place to relax.

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  8. I actually really love grey! But it has to be dark grey, it goes so well together with other colours and is stylish on its own.
    Well done cycling when it’s so cold! Your photos are quite colourful to be what showed up when you searched for grey. Hope you get a good week!

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    1. Yes I like darker grey rather then paler versions, but I get that it goes well with other colours. The bike ride was fun and we soon warmed up! Thanks for visiting 🙂


  9. I love your approach to this prompt Deb. I’m not a fan of grey but your photos are great and really show how bleak it is. I made the decision to let my hair go grey a few years ago. I don’t like it at all but if it means I don’t have to sit at the hairdresser then I’m happy.

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  10. Grey but still beautiful shots Deb. Must admit that any more than a couple of grey days in a row and I really feel it. I have a feeling we’re in for a long and cold winter. Stay warm Deb. xx

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    1. Yes I know what you mean Miriam, too many grey days and I start to feel a bit low too! Hopefully winter won’t be too bad. We’re in Myrtleford for the weekend, going bike riding 🙂

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  11. Fires like that inside…many memories made. Thank you for linking up for Life This Week on Monday 17 May 2021. It is a great community here and I am always pleased to see your post linked. Next week, the optional prompt is Self Care Stories. I look forward to seeing you then too. Denyse.

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  12. Make you smile with my words. Hmmmm. I’m not really funny except accidentally, Deb, but I do love your gray pictures, as cold and bleak as they might look. I particularly like your gray leg on a gal who doesn’t wear gray often. That was a super cool double rainbow. Now here’s the check up. Did you smile? 🙂 Have a great rest of the week, Deb.

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