2016

Hardwick Hall (November)

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Thanks to Chris and Sandra we were all booked into stay at Hardwick Hall

 

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Here is Hardwick Hall

 

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Here is a “cottage” near Hardwick Hall

 

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Here is the gang. One person wishes to remain anonymous

 

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Here is the gang having a cuppa on a walk

 

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Here is some of the gang in a local pub

 

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Here is some of the gang enjoying one of the local drinks (Slivovica)

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Here is a hip flask ready for a walk

 

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No comment.

 

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No comment.

 

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No comment (but worried)

 

End of the Road Festival (September)

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Alice, Digger and Richard with the Woods stage in background (probably early evening as the bottle of port Digger is holding looks un-touched!)

 

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As is traditional at festivals it rained and for reasons beyond my control (thanks Jono) I only had my 25 year old tent. It turns out its still water proof if you protect it under an emergency sheeting.

 

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Apparently it is traditional to have makeup on, especially glitter, at festivals. Well that’s what these two make-up ladies (Hebe and Esther) told me.

 

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They also told me I look good and I think they were right.

 

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Infact, we all looked pretty good.

 


Wickham (not Wycombe) Festival (August)

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Look at what you missed? The Red Hot Chilli Pipers!

 

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Look at what you missed? Shamus O’Blivion and The Megadeath Morris (yes the even was as blurry as this photo suggests)

 

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Look at what you missed? Yes Chris and Digger dancing around their hats to Steeleye Span! (ed. I not that you are on the campsite so you didn’t actually go to see them?). Self photography at its best?

 


Thornbridge Beer Festival (July)

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The problem with attending an outdoor beer festival in the British summer is the weather.

 

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It just means you have to drink more beer!! Self photography at its best?

 


 The Peaks (June)

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Sophia, Tahira and Digger- somewhere near Mam Tor. Self photography at its best?

 


Staffordshire Moorlands (May)

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The Staffordshire Moorlands is really the western Peak District. It has some lovely scenery which is why most people go there. Others however visit because…………………..

 

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There is a brewery! Self photography at its best?

 

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Many walkers visit the area

 

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Some of the walkers don’t look that “normal”. No silly, I don’t mean Neil or Digger.

 

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Of course, many of us (he lies) go for the hill and road runs……

 


Dorset (May)

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Why is Russell is looking happy: Is it because A. It’s his birthday, B. Sunderland have stayed up, C. Newcastle have gone down, D. All three? Self photography at its best?

 

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As part of the weekend, Digger was taken to what appeared to be the set of Midsummer Murders

 


Peaks (April)

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View from part way up Kinder Scout. With Sophia as the scout!

 

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At the end of the walk (errh, it looks dark?). “This is the best walk I have ever done” (Sophia pers comm.), “this is the longest walk I have ever done” (Tahira pers comm.), “I am trying to smile but my whole body hurts” (Digger pers comm.- if you are unsure he is the one on the right). Self photography at its best?

 

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Early in the walk. Tahira, Sophia and Digger.

 


Dorset (March)

Go-Gift Memories in the woods (photo by Luke)

 

Two brave ladies signed up

 

But the “boys” risked a white knuckle-ride on a train

 

Scary!!

 

The boys celebrate with a well known savoury snack (photo by Luke on the right- hiding to save his blushes)

 


Leicestershire (Feb)

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See no evil, hear no evil, look evil.

 

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Luxury tea room with views over to Bradgate Park.

 


Surbitan (Jan)

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New Year gathering in Westfield Road (un-authorised self photograph using a “cheat-stick”)