A rainy day meant that the park wouldn't have been too pleasant, so today we visited our local soft play centre, a smashing place with lots of scope for toddler adventures.
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Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
Friday, 22 July 2022
Friday = Isabella Day (15)
Sunday 17 July 2022 - Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
Greetings from Shelsley Walsh again. This time with lots of pictures from a hot and sweaty day. Click on any picture to access a slideshow (web version only, perhaps).
There's a full set of photos on Dropbox - here.
Sue and I arrived, together with Sue's mum and dad in their MGB roadster, in time for a cooked breakfast outside the restaurant.
There was a collection of BRMs on view.
My English teacher had an Alvis similar to this one, and he used to take us out to the Malvern Hills in it.
Thursday, 21 July 2022
Monday 18 July 2022 - The Wabash Jazzmen at Eagley Jazz Club
The beautifully air conditioned room at Eagley was the venue for Monday night's 'escape from the Monday/Tuesday heatwave'.
Mark Challinor – banjo, guitar, ukulele and leader, Jon Critchley – trumpet, Mike Hayler – reeds, Richard Slater – trombone, Richard Vernon – string bass.
Jeff Gilpin's umbrellas graced the dance floor, and yet another story from the archives involving one of these umbrellas was related by Richard Slater - involving a visit to Wales, missing band members, an improvised performance, and an award for the best entertainment.
Wednesday, 20 July 2022
November 2004 - The Annapurna Circuit - Day 16
Tuesday 16 November
Marpha to Lete
Itinerary: DAY 16 Lete (2,438m) Continue along the right bank to Tukuche (2,591m) and just after Larjung (2,560m) cross the river again. Leaving behind the flat roofed compact houses of the upper Kali Gandaki we soon emerge between the peaks of Dhaulagiri and
The apple cider appeared to have induced good sleep for everyone. Although the night felt much warmer, there was still frost on the tent flysheet. There was much porter clamour - usually camp is more spread out and we don't hear much of this.
Breakfast upstairs in the 'greenhouse room' where apple rings are drying on the other side of the room. Porridge, and egg with fresh rolls.
The morning is
still cool enough for the girls to be wearing down jackets, as we set off
through Marpha's shady streets. It is a long while before the sun penetrates
this deep valley. Just outside Marpha, autumn colours in the orchards of fruit
trees and the distillery just behind. Today, with the bends in the river, the
views change often. Excellent views of Dhaulagiri and
In Tukuche village, an enclosed courtyard, with an ornately carved window, provided a sunny, sheltered spot for lemon tea. Moving on, the path uses the river bed, which is rocky and dusty but rather like walking on a wide beach.
A few clouds build up around mid-morning and continue to thicken during the day. The willow trees in their autumn hue dominate the entrance to the villages of Kobang and Larjuing. There are tunnel like constructions between the stone houses here, as protection against the strong winds.
In Larjung, we stop for an early lunch, again inside. Another nice lunch of puris, mashed potato cakes, coleslaw and fried luncheon meat, with fresh pineapple.
As a change, there
was a good chunk of today's walk for after lunch. As usual, the wind had risen,
but not much dust blew around. After crossing more river bed, the trail passes
through pines on the bank. Around here was a rapid switch from arid conditions to one of plants returning, particularly marked after crossing a suspension
bridge where the path to
In the small
The path was undulating
after this and for a good ten minutes, a lammergeier flew around above.
Occasionally the cloud breaks to give tantalizing views of
Soon, to Kalopani and then to Lete, where the houses are now more Nepalese. Children play, women go about their washing around the taps, and we seem to have lost the crowds of trekkers seen in the morning. Marigolds are now back, and make gardens here pretty.
Just outside Lete, a steep descent to our campsite, an unlikely spot above a thundering river, arriving around 3:45 pm.
We relaxed in our tents until hot washing water arrived at 4:30, then tea at 5 pm, inside the dining room. As is fairly common, there are posters of
At 9 pm, time for bed under a cloudy sky.
Start: 2710 metres
Ascent: 75 metres
Descent: -395 metres
Finish: 2390 metres
Time: 8 hours
Stops: 2.75 hours
Walking time: 5.25 hours