A marathon sail for the sea scouts and an attempt to break a world record

The sea scout’s last sailing weekend coincides with Bart’s Bash, the world record attempt for the Largest Sailing Race.  As well as being involved in this. the sea scout’s are also doing an endurance sail to raise money for their group by sailing one of their boats for six hours.  So, it was going to be a busy day.

2nd Andover Sea Scouts on the beach at Calshot Sailing Club
2nd Andover Sea Scouts on the beach at Calshot Sailing Club

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A Glorious Indian Summer

The days are shorter now and I notice the days of playing outside until late are almost over.  At this time of year I always feel rather restless – it must be the change in the seasons, but it definitely gives me itchy feet.  imageHowever, at the same time, I marvel at the stunning beauty around us.  The light at this time of year is unique; with the sun slighter lower in the sky, there really is a golden glow over the countryside when the skies are clear.  In the fields behind us the farmer baled all the hay that had been ploughed a few weeks ago, leaving great stacks of hay bales scattered on our horizon.  All the Tribe love how our view changes when they appear and they are soon out in the field playing around them.   Continue reading A Glorious Indian Summer

Exploring by bike and finding a beach

Having invested in a new bike rack to bring all our bikes to France. we decide that we must ‘get on our bikes’ and explore the French countryside.  With the skies overcast, the day looks perfect for us to set off and having bought a map with cycle routes mapped out, we head to the village of Colombier just north of Usseau, to start our ‘facile’ ride of 17.8km. Continue reading Exploring by bike and finding a beach

Another (slightly exhausting) history lesson at the beautiful old city of Chinon

With slightly overcast skies and the possible threat of rain we decide to head north to the medieval city of Chinon, situated on the borders of Anjou and Poitou alongside the Vienne river.  My fabulously ancient guidebook (that I still have from when I last visited the Loire Valley in my distant single life – the date of publishing is 1993!) describes the castle as ‘ruined’.  Today it is far from ruined and after six years (2003-2010) of archeological digs, restoration and construction work and a budget of 17 million euros, it is a magnificent and stunning fortress dominating the chalk cliffs on which it was originally built back in the Middle Ages.    Continue reading Another (slightly exhausting) history lesson at the beautiful old city of Chinon