When not at the desk or in libraries or archives, I am liable to be in the garden, or to be playing the piano (Fauré, Debussy and Ravel are long-standing obsessions), or running by the Seine or in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Cycling and walking expeditions have become a preoccupation of late. In the summer of 2014, I have cycled the Way of the Roses, and we are planning hiking trips in the Queyras, and in the Northern Adirondaks in due course.
Whatever great thoughts I might have had have been conceived whilst outside. Walking helps; and cycling is just one of the greatest ways of travelling ever invented.