October 23, 2006

Pointy hills and wholemeal scones

Writing about web page http://www.webspace.myzen.co.uk/maps/The_Strettons.jpg

The Outdoor Group undertook a pleasant little bimble yesterday up and down the Strettons. Despite dire weather forecasts most of the walk was dry- although the slippery slopes meant we got closer to the wildlife than intended! It was too wet for proper scuffing of leaves, but the autumn colours were simply stunning- lots of crimson berries and burnished gold beech leaves… and to finish the walk in the wholefood cafe the Acorns with a massive wholemeal scone smothered in jam and clotted cream was a most satisfying end.
view from the top of Ragleth Hill

GPS should make navigating easier...

at the top

blue rinse sheep

sheep with blue rinses

woolly fence

meeting the locals

autumn colours

smile!


October 17, 2006

Gorge scrambling in the snow?

Apart from the photos of lunch, the picture quality from the waterproof camera is awful. There simply wasn’t enough light. So anyone in the group’s fears about cringe-worthy photos are very much unfounded… you can hardly see more than a helmet, never mind recognise who it is :-(

lunchtime
lunchtime

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October 11, 2006

living with a wetsuit

No doubt this will bring groans of recognition from others… isn’t it a bloomin’ pain having a wetsuit+gloves+boots all hanging round the bathroom? Not to mention the shock factor when you wander in half asleep at night and there’s a figure lurking in the shower…!!
who
then there’s all the camping gear I’m tripping over (until I get a chance to clean it and stow it away)...
camping clutter
camping clutter


October 10, 2006

What a weekend!

The Outdoor Group reigns supreme! Saturday gorgewalking (photos and a proper blog entry to follow), then Sunday and Monday on the Pembroke coast- with a great walk along the coastal path on Sunday and body boarding (first time!) on Monday… unfortunately no time to write much about it now… but all that really needs to be said was that it was fantastic!
ready to go!
Pembrokeshire coast
Freshwater BeachFreshwater Beach - Pembroke
Freshwater Beach
shame people can
Freshwater beach on Sunday
Pembrokeshire coast
bit windy!


October 06, 2006

what a lovely floor!

Have you seen the Keeping Up Appearances episode where Hyacinth insists on lavish praise and theatrical adoration of the table she’s laid (including a little stagger)? Well, I now expect all visitors to gasp and stagger at my lovely new kitchen floor…

BEFORE
before

AND AFTER
AFTER
CLOSE UP!


October 05, 2006

mushroom growing workshop

In June, staff and students from the University took part in a ‘Health Action Day’ at Limbrick Wood Primary School in Tile Hill, running a mushroom growing workshop with kits provided by Warwick HRI. Every child at the school got a mushroom pot to take home at the end of the day and watch grow!

At the cascade brief today, I was listing volunteering opportunities at Warwick and the above example (running a mushroom growing workshop with kits provided by Warwick HRI) caused much merriment… not sure they were thinking of the same kind of mushrooms ;-)


September 27, 2006

Guide dogs for the late!

Writing about web page http://newsbiscuit.com/article/charity-launches-guide-dogs-for-the-late

guide dog for the late

YES! Just what I need!

But do you think I could teach it to know which clocks I’ve put forward (all by varying numbers of minutes) in an attempt to be punctual?


September 15, 2006

Whitewater Punting

Ok. How can punting be deemed a suitably thrilling activity for the adrenaline junkies of the outdoor group to include it on their busy itinerary?

Perhaps we should have taken the punt out onto whitewater rapids? Could’ve been interesting, but I’m not sure we’d have got the deposit back (or punt for that matter) if we had.

Or would it be more exciting if I started this with a 999-Lifesaver style introduction?
(imagine Michael Buerk’s voice)

How Richard saved Tania’s life
For press officer Richard, the 10th of September 2006 started off like any other Sunday. He never dreamed that, before the day was over, people would be calling him ….”A Hero”...
Shocking images of a daring dive into the murky depths of the Cherwell.

Or maybe not.

Truth be told, it was a terribly civilised outing, gliding between colleges and admiring the sights… not quite the Pimms and picnic scenario of Oxbridge undergraduates, but getting there.

Of course, there were the odd encounters with hawthorn bushes which induced impressive outbursts of swearing- from me because I couldn’t get the stupid pole upright enough to push off from the bottom and from the crew because of the inconvenience of being snagged and scratched without warning.

Just a few photos for now- more to come.

punting_1

punting_2

punting_greenery

swanning around

Looking cool?
looking cool?

punting_4

Go girl, go!
punting_5

punting_6

Philosophising on a jaffa cake…
punting_13

recording it all for posterity


September 12, 2006

devious dolphins

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,989714,00.html

Thanks to John Dale for this link – amazing what dolphins are capable of!


September 08, 2006

Wallingford Bunkfest

Spent last Saturday at the Wallingford Bunkfest. Didn’t know what to expect- but it turned out to be an interesting mix of morris dancers, real ale and folk-music.

Can’t believe I bought a didgeridoo!! That’ll entertain my neighbours! As I was sitting at the busstop on the way back, practising (!) a bloke walked past who’d had a lesson with Rolf Harris (Mr Didgeridoo himself) once. Can’t beat that, eh? It’s not the most tuneful of instruments, but if you use your teeth and do little shrieks and coughs, you can get a whole range of weird and wonderful sounds…

me and my didgeridoo!

Spot the difference between my position and the real pro though…

the real pro

bunkfest 2

bunkfest 1

bunkfest 3

bunkfest 4

bunkfest_5

The A-Z of ale!
beer tent

I wonder where these ladies come from? Any guesses?
morris dancers

According to their website , you can book these Hook Eagle Morris Men to deal with all sorts of problems:

Rain dispelled, Wars won, Tyrants vanquished, Sunrises Guaranteed, Crops fertilised, Earthquakes quietened, Floods mopped up, Virgins cured, most plumbing contracts executed and Beer and Donations actively encouraged.

Bookings also accepted for Major Events, Festivals, Weddings and other festive occasions (perhaps if you don’t like your new in-laws?)

morris dancers


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