Francesca Penny Farthing

A bottle and a penny

“Can you do any tricks?” I asked.
“I’m learning the Superman, the Starfish and the Kangaroo”, she said.
“What’s this one called?”
“Sticking one’s legs out”.

Today I learned to ride this beast in Bottle Alley.

“It’s OK!”, she said, “There’s a hand’s span of headroom, we worked it out!”, waving a dainty little left hand.
“Yes, but I’m a head and a half taller than you!”

The riding height is exhilarating, although proximity of one’s head to the roof of Bottle Alley a little disconcerting.

Took to the high wheeler like a fish to water. I always wanted to ride one when I was little and imagined doing so, and what it’d be like. I think that imagination of the event meant it felt fairly natural once in the saddle.

The hard part is stopping. But then, who wants to?

Me with Penny
Portrait by Francesca Daisy Hill
Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply