July Write Ups
So once again the 50+ Adventure Club had a glorious day for our annual cycle ride, the start of which was at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. My passenger and I managed to find it with the help of a kindly policeman who tapped on our window and said we couldn't park where we were and then directed us where to go. A good start to the day, but our organiser, Jenny, knew exactly where to go and off the 21 of us went, including those who had hired their bikes at the centre. We pedalled past the rowing lake, Nene Valley Railway, a very small and quiet part of the shopping centre and along the river Nene and all was peace and quiet for most of the time. There was a slight altercation when one of the "boy racers" in our group managed to crash into one of the ladies and both landed on the grass in a heap. However although she was shaken she gamely mounted her bike and carried on. Suffice to say the "boy racer" sustained a cut lip and bruises; I say no more!!
After a 3 mile stretch from Peterborough across the fens (the signpost said so) we arrived at Flag Fen Archaeology Park which is home to a unique ancient wooden monument. Mr Bean (his real name!), who was our guide, explained all about the Celtic people who lived there 3,500 years ago. A kilometre long wooden causeway and platform are perfectly preserved in the wetland, built and used by the Celtic fen people as a place of worship and ritual. 60,000 upright timbers and 250,000 horizontal planks are buried under the ground along with many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen.
After a shorter trip back, we stopped at a pub for lunch and then a quick dash back through the sculpture park at Ferry Meadows, and all the flies that seemed to be out in force, to get the hire bikes back on time. Thanks to Jenny for a very well organised and enjoyable 15 mile round trip.
Arriving at the wharf for our trip we had hugs and kisses all round (I like this bit!). Then, with boats assigned, we split into 2 groups, loaded up the picnic goodies and set off. It would have been nice if we could have all been in the same boat - but hey ho!
The day was relaxing with several locks to go through - everyone mucked in with these. Mix 50 plussers and water someone usually gets wet - Tony, Cecil, Carol even my good self - but nobody obliged this time! We're not turning into a bunch of careful old fogeys are we?
Our shared lunch was excellent with lots of home made goodies and yummy puddings to follow. Top marks to all - there was a little swapping of treats between tables. Another gentle cruise along the canal and it was time for tea (and cake of course). For those on the other boat the highlight of the day was me getting my ear clipped by Pauline (don't ask). A good day out with lovely people, good company and the sun was shining. Three cheers for Ann for organising the day (and us).
This is the second time I have done a "High Trees" event. I absolutely love it. I think I must have been a chimp in another life. (No comments please about me still looking like one). The first one I did was at Irchester Country Park. This second one was "Go Ape" at Wendover. What a beautiful area. Will definitely make the effort to go walking there one day. Wendover was definitely higher than Irchester, with better zip wires (no tree hugging at end of zip wire) and faster - one was 22-23 mph. There were two Tarzan swings into cargo nets. The 2nd one was the biggest and was such an adrenaline rush, absolutely brilliant. I hit the cargo net with such force I had visions of going through the net like chips. There were only 9 of us. This was actually quite nice as we seemed to go around the course together and encourage each other, especially on landing. Also thanks to Sharon and Tracy for their fun company in the car to Wendover. Thanks to Ann for arranging this.
The day started well with a good journey to Cambridge. Pauline and I met up with 8 other members and proceed to an "Italian cafe" for coffee and/or breakfast; obviously the waiters took one look at us, decided we were "trouble" so sat us in a side room!!!! Other members then came in, another group having gone into Cafe Rouge next door! We arrived at the riverside to be split into groups of 4/5, having climbed into the punts, decided who was going to punt, had the safety talk , we were off........with us all going in different directions.......rights and lefts will never be the same.......as our punt was the last to leave, we had to go back to collect a late arrival.........Jane climbed aboard and off we went.......Ann punting with Richard on the paddle, can't think why but he complained the whole trip that he had 5 women telling him what to do.......so why did we visit the bank so often and end up in the weeping willow!!! Cecil did not fall in this time, although he was prepared with a change of clothes!! We all had a fabulous time on the river, the hour went so quickly. All the punts, complete with members, returned safely, docked back at the moorings, time then to head off to find a pub for a well earned drink.......it's such hard work sitting in a punt enjoying the view!!!!
Then followed the picnic on Jesus Lawn, sitting enjoying the sun, relaxing, a gentle game of French boules.............wonderful, as the afternoon drew to a close there were five of us left.........so in club tradition we went off to have a meal at The Boat House. A fabulous day, enjoyed by all, thank you so much Ann for organising the trip, I look forward to next year.....................
Well the weather was looking good! A promising start for a car rally!
Arriving at the starting point (eventually!) Linda and I were grouped up with Janice and Roger (poor man) although he didn't really seem to mind being cooped up with three women.
Armed with directions and two sheets of quiz questions to fill in just in case we were not mentally taxed enough by trying to find the elusive villages off we went, failing miserably to get the first clues that were in the car park!
Things could only get better and actually we reached our first destination of Gretton easily.
Got the clues, they pulled me out of the wrong churchyard and off we sped to the next village of Lyddington - a very favourite village of mine but no time to stand and dawdle, whizzed up the main street thru' the Bede House garden and churchyard and off again up the country road to Great Easton. We were enthusiastic! Couldn't even stop the driver giving us answers when she wasn't supposed to!
But by now it was hot and Janice and I were craving coffee! Good, the shop did take away coffee and Richard had said," No need to rush, enjoy the villages ", so we did.
However, Roger was on a mission! He was here, there and everywhere collecting answers. By now us girls were ambling! By the time we reached Medbourne I can't tell you how inviting the pub looked, but no, off we went and collected all sorts of answers, lost our direction around there a bit but got the clues.
Looked at the watch, realised we were probably running out of time, so when we found Roger we scooted off to Cottingham. Lovely village but by this time I was getting a bit worried I was going to miss my lunch. 1.30 Richard had said and it was now 1.15. However, we managed to gather up the answers quickly and arrived back in Rockingham and the Sondes Arms ready to collect the very last answer from the landlord. Got it!!
But to no avail, our team came last and the penance was doing the write up, so we drew straws. The person who got the short draw refused flatly to write it so I have taken pity on him (because he did do a lot of running around!) and done it for him. I have to say our booby prizes were brilliant and I was really pleased to get my car screen wipes!
Thanks Richard and Jeanette for a superb rally. What a lot of hard work went into it. We had a great time.
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