A little more faith in the weather

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Dutch national riding his bicycle, holding an orange umbrella

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – That slice of orange that displays the nationality.

“You stopping me is kind of strange because I left the house this  morning and I thought this looked kind of funny. I am from the Netherlands and I work in a Dutch building and we have a whole pile of Dutch people working there. But this is not my umbrella.”

Notes: There are loads of reasons to stop a cyclist. Just the bike alone is enough for me. Then there are the oddball visuals. like this orange umbrella slicing up the road. Perfect reason for a chat.  I should have some sympathy for presuming he was Dutch. Last year, I bought flaming orange hat and gloves for  the cold nights and, time after time. people roll up to me and start speaking Dutch. I look like some dotted patriot.

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