OK yes, I do know that the Tour De France is going to other places apart from Hebden Bridge but we shall not speak of it.
You see, I have no interest in the actual cycling part but I have been hugely enjoying all the creative responses to the Tour in the shop windows of Hebden. The town is buzzing with bicycles and the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival at the moment and I have been documenting both as a way of gently easing myself back into blogging after far too long an absence.
So I hope you enjoy this photo essay from my funny little town.
Simplicity can be hugely effective.
Paper yellow jerseys on the library door...
...and paper letters in one of the hairdressers, A Circle Of Friends.
But some shops have gone all out with the crafting!
Bike bunting made from fabric, fake grass & plastic flowers outside the fantastic Heart Gallery.
The Heart Gallery bunting, Hebden Bridge, June 2014. Photo by Kirsty Hall
A small crocheted bike in the window of my hairdresser, Zeitgeist.
Zeitgeist's Tour Window, Hebden Bridge, June 2014. Photo by Kirsty Hall
And one of my favourite bikes high up on the wall of The Willow Garden, the wonderful florists who made my wedding bouquet.
The Willow Garden bike, Hebden Bridge, June 2014. Photo by Kirsty Hall
The word 'le' is popular right now.
'Le Sale' in Harold Crabtrees boutique, whose large windows are each painted with a single huge yellow wheel; another simple but visually arresting idea.
And extra points to The Workshop who've even changed the wording on their signs for the duration!
Well, that's part one, part two will be along in a few days once I've been down into town and taken more photos.