Steel yourselves for this next statement. In fact, should you find yourself affected by the sentence to come, you may need to seek professional help. Are you ready? Here goes. I have a life outside of all things Brompton. Yes, I know that this may have shocked some of you but please read on.
As we all know, the Brompton is a wonderful space saving bicycle that can fold and fit into spaces that full sized versions cannot. Perhaps without even knowing it, I have carried on this theme for other areas.
The first is what I write with. I exclusively use fountain pens and as I have large hands, my pens tend to be the larger, oversize versions (that are sadly the most expensive too). One pen however I take with me everywhere is a small pocket pen by the Japanese manufacturer, Pilot. Their 'Elite 95s' is very small when the cap is on but becomes a very useable full sized pen when you need it to. I have several of these pens and if I find a good price for one and can get one (they are not easy to find in the UK) I pounce on them. The folding, compact theme of the Brompton is there.
The second is walk in the country - or for an urban creature like me, the London Wetlands Centre or walks along the river Thames. In such locations I usually see lots of wildlife and to get a better view I often use a monocular rather than lug around a pair of binoculars. The one I have has great lenses, is light in weight and easily carried. It comes with me when I am on walks with Mrs Orange and the Orangettes or when I am heading out east along the river Thames.
|The binoculars are great but I use the monocular more often|
|Smaller and more compact|
Finally, there is the camera I use. Of late I have left the bigger camera at home in favour of my iPhone 11. It takes great photos - especially in low light - and being able to shoot 4K video at 60 frames a second is just a bonus.
Do any of you out there go for the portable and often smaller version too?
Stay safe out there people!!
|I think these two photos speak for themselves.|