Danni Curtis on countryside cycling and birdsong
April 9, 2014

Danni Curtis feeling the British Birds tactile pictures


One of the best ways to enjoy the countryside is on a bicycle.  As a totally blind person, I didn’t think this would be a possibility for me until I approached the Reading Cyclists’ Touring Club.  To my delight, they were able to introduce me to a “captain” who would be willing to risk steering my tandem which had been stored in my garage for quite some time.

We faltered a little on the first attempt but, with perseverance, we got into a good rhythm.  It was lovely to cycle through wonderful country lanes and so exhilarating (although a little scary) when descending steep hills.  Of course, climbing up was much harder!

Recently, on a beautiful early spring day, I was able to enjoy the wind on my face, the smells of the countryside but most of all, the birdsong which is so prevalent at this time of year.  Thanks to the bird album produced by Living Paintings, I am now able to identify so many different birds.  Very soon it will be time to cycle to a particular spot where I can guarantee to hear a nightingale.  I can’t wait!

Album 17 British Birds

Have just heard the weather forecast for Sunday – rain so may have to take refuge in the nearest cosy pub!

Bye for now, Danni Curtis (LP Trustee)

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