Amazingly we completed the 2.7km Amble course in 42 mins, something of a family best given we struggled to make it off the bed/sofa and onto the course for a late 12:04 start. We came 10th of 21 today. Lina in particular enjoyed the competitive twist.
The second of eight possible Keyne-O course run one Sunday … Continue Reading ››
March 24th! I finally decided that there was enough light to go for a cross-country walk home. That is a thousand calories burnt in hour and 40 minutes (A good time, especially after a sedentary winter). Glorious inspiring photos of the ever changing, never changing, natural world. I had missed Beagling this weekend so needed to … Continue Reading ››
Last week we took the bike out of the garage, serviced them. Lina needed a new helmet and whilst choosing that I encourage Cornelius to see which bike he might like when he had learned to ride. Naturally because his sister was getting a new ‘snazzy’ helmet he wanted one as well. On this occasion … Continue Reading ››
A really tiring afternoon following the beagles around miles of arable farm land. Cornelius eared his North Bucks Beagles supporters badge. Apparently even the hounds were complaining of sore feet at the end when we sat down to a scrumptious barn tea party. Lovely weather and the spring is really pushing the crops on now in … Continue Reading ››
The boys and I went to Shenley wood today to begin the orienteering season. Glorious spring sunshine. Muddy, very muddy, but we just completed the amble course given a very late start.
Orienteering has the potential to be a fun get fit for all the family. We started in 2011, but lost the plot in 2012 … Continue Reading ››
Winter wheat and oilseed rape were harvested at about the same time around the 8th of August. Normally, the rape is 2-3 weeks earlier. The very wet autumn led to a slug epidemic and that was then followed by cold wet slow growing conditions over a … Continue Reading ››
This week the countryside started to feel autumnal. There are dew laden cobwebs, banks of seeding umbelliferae (wild carrots, angelica, parsnips family), and flowering willow herbs.
The combine-harvesters are still waiting to pounce into action, but the cropping … Continue Reading ››
The very wet autumn followed by long cold spring have made themselves felt in agricultural landscape. We are pre-harvest with patchy uneven crops on the turn at the same time. The winter sown crops are clearly behind and very uneven, especially the winter oilseed-rape. Harvest should be under way, but crops are still green. The … Continue Reading ››
The family and I were joined by seven members of Cranfield University's walking club for a hot 11.6 km walk from Newport Pagnell out to the Ruined church of St Peters. Lunch was taken at the Black Horse Great Linford.