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NCS, week 2.

Warm and storms are promised. Less walking this week but we’re assigned to work with a single group each. Fortunately, my group are very likable. Day 2: walking with the delightful Team 4. They are strong and set a good … Continue reading

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NCS week 1, the hot one.

29°C, hot humid sun and some thunder. A week with 4 coach loads of kids from Northamptonshire doing NCS. They are divided up into teams of about a dozen, most of whom have never met before. Each team is coordinated … Continue reading

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DofE 4: Cannock Chase

4.1: intro and tuition, walking with the group all day and setting up camp with them. They were fit and able, my group of all lads. The route was on familiar ground, both from previous DofE trips, visits from my … Continue reading

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DofE: 1.1

5°C, dry, brisk S. This was a long drive to deliver residential training in Abingdon near Oxford. Having family half way made an excellent staging post for me though. Some of the other instructors stayed in their cars or went … Continue reading

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14/ Man verses Lakes: marshalling.

20°C, white cloud. 14.1: A late start means a late finish just as night is falling. It’s the problem with the tides determinig the start time for this race. The first stage was over the sands at Silverdale to Grange … Continue reading

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I’m in.

6°C, after a snowy start, the next was vigorous. A chance to try something seen at my old house, an igloo. The snow wasn’t really suitable, it refused to compact densely. The roof fell in before this photo. Anyway, the … Continue reading

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Appreciation.

4°C dry and sunny. Drive south to collect stuff for my new house. The wait should be over early next month. Music has meaning again. During the ugliest most stressful stage in my last job, I would listen to music. … Continue reading

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DofE Bronze Practice (a)

22°C, light wind and very bright sun. First expedition of the season. Managing it was saner this year because we split the groups so we took only 35 at a time. Last year, we had 95 kids and although there … Continue reading

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Another one.

24°C, nil wind, nil cloud and simply a perfect day. N+1=5 what have I just bought?​ [Insert paragraph where I justify another bike.] I have test ridden it and it fits well.

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End of (academic) year 2016.

24°C, still and few light clouds. Summer Holiday starts today, we got out early because there isn’t the usual goodbye to staff. This year is different; they’re leaving through redundancy.

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