Early Christmas - February 2014

by Caroline Ash

Pictures by Ingrid Ash

Today is Ingrid's birthday. She is now twelve years old, my little daughter, she is growing up. She was not the only person receiving presents today.

After the school run I get home to do some work. I am interupted by the postman ringing the front door bell. He comes to deliver a large box. I am very familiar with large boxes arriving at our house. Kevin used to have this happen lots to him. This box has arrived for me! I can hug the postman, I am so excited. I restrain myself, close the front door and drag the box into the kitchen and open it up.

In the box are the most gorgeous Enduro clothes, all the way from Italy. Jacket and pants in black and white. I try then on and they fit well. The sleeves are on the tight side, but if I slow down on the weight lifting and arm wresles, it should be fine.

Alpinestars off road clothingAlpinestars off road clothingI try the boots, all shiny black with closures like ski boots. Maybe I could fit them under my skies, I wonder, and then I could use these boots in the winter for skiing, and in the summer for off road riding. I am a genius! Has the design of these type of boots come originally from the humble ski boots? They fit very wel, with a good roll off when walking and a good profile on the sole.

I had left to try on the gloves till last, as I thought they would be the one item, which would give me grieve. As my hands are perhaps not standard ladies sized hands, it might have been a better option to go for men sized gloves. Now do not think, if you see my hands they are humongously big. I have just ended up with my dad's hands. Not literally. These are ladies gloves, I am trying on, and I am pleasantly surprised that Italian ladies have hands like mine too. Brilliant.

I collect Ingrid from school in the afternoon and we eat cake, as it is her birthday, and then we have our picture shoot together. Ingrid doesn't mind taking pictures of me, as she thinks it is cool to be her mum's photographer, and get credited on the blog.

I cannot stop grinning; this is so good to have received these lovely clothes. It feels like Chrismas. Now I can almost go off road....Just one item missing.... a lid. I hope the postman is soon coming back again.

Thank you Jeremy, for kitting me out. I really appreciate this. Thank you Alpinestars. I will use them lots.

shuggiemac
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How great is that?? Well done you and especially well done Alpinestars. I shall certainly keep this little act in mind when I am next buying bike gear. As the old adage goes - what goes around, comes around. I would be spending money on bike gear anyway so why not to the kind of company who does things like this. I know that Kevin used and liked their stuff and that, in itself, is as good a recommendation as any.

vroum_ninou
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Looking good all kitted up! Next pic you need to show off all this kit on a bike! ;-)

Ninou

Caroline
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Don't worry, I will. Watch this space. I cannot wait to get hold of a bike, especially now the weather is starting to get better.

Caroline
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They look so good, good enough for a night out, I think, and so comfortable. Now I need to try them out for what they are designed for, and maybe wear them whilst riding. I do hope they will be as good on the bike, as I found them off it.

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Styling it Caroline! ;-D I hope you get that bike soon!

Caroline
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I am sure I will. The weather is warming up nicely. The last few weekends, I could hear bikes on the A46 enjoying themselves. I just wanted to join the fun, which soon I know I will! I will let you know how I am getting on in my blog.