Thursday, 5 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
Sunday, 1 December 2013
It’s that time of year. We join eight friends for a day at Sherwood Forest’s Center Parcs complex. This year we confused everyone by joining them for the Saturday, rather than our usual Sunday visit. We had to be somewhere else on Sunday.
After an easy drive from Timperley and a leisurely coffee in the village, Sue and I were joined by Louise and Chris at 9.30 for a bit of geocaching. This is ‘Center Parcs’ geocaching, not the real thing. It went quite well and we enjoyed a walk around the entire site looking for messages in bird boxes. Sue even managed to master the use of the Garmin E-trex 10 GPS with which we were issued. It has to be said we dawdled a bit and came second in the contest. Possibly it was just as well that only two teams had entered!
Anyway, after a frantic session of American Pool, during which Louise blew away all opposition and was crowned champion of champions, the four geocachers went off to enjoy their second place prize, whilst the others did some strange drum beating exercise activity. Stuart joined us for the 18 hole golf prize that we’d won, and was allowed to join our prize winning quartet, saving a total of £35 of entrance fees. It was rather galling for the rest of us when he won. The golf was simply crazy.
Lunch featured lettuce soup. Delicious.
Most of us then went swimming and played floodlit tennis after that. Some went swimming on bicycles (Aqua-Spinning). It’s amazing what activities they think up here!
The house had a sauna, which most of us enjoyed, before a lavish barbecued dinner. Roger was particularly hungry.
Thanks go to Robert, Lyn, Jim, Peggy, Stuart, Roger, Chris and Louise for putting up with us yet again for a rather full day, rounded off by our ‘Pyrenean Adventure’ slideshow before we sloped off to Alfreton’s Travelodge.
One of her regular duties is the exercising of Millie and Daisy, two very good natured and well behaved spaniels belonging to a neighbour. They get on with Heather’s own dog, Rowan – a bouncy one-year-old.
Today’s 14 km circuit from Long Preston was one that has been described before on these pages. We set off on this occasion from near Long Preston’s church.
The morning passed quickly as we gobbled up the kilometres, pausing occasionally to pass the time with a selection of Heather’s neighbours. Some stiles had to be negotiated, and my lack of skill in photographing people and animals is demonstrated below.
Before we knew it, we were back in Long Preston for a late lunch, then it was a swift return to Timperley for me, for dinner in the local students’ excellent Aspire Restaurant, with Sue, Amedea and Scott.
I may add route details later – I’m a bit pressed for time just now.