Today’s walk was on much better paths than last week and saw 14 members meeting at the car park at Felbrigg Hall.It was great to see Barry and Karen join us today. The path away from the hall took us along the roadway that we had only just driven down to the main entrance. We did find the first sign of spring in a group of snowdrops – the only ones seen today. The route was along woodland paths and a little on the roads no muddy fields today. Some did managed to get to view the pier but nothing was open on the sea front. It was a pleasure to walk the route today and there was even an appearance of the sun in the afternoon and no rain on the walk. The views were much more interesting with more mixed woods to walk through. Pictures with an A on taken by Muriel all others taken by me. Apologies for the number but enjoyed the scenery so much.
Today we started at the duck pond, not at the start of the 15 mile road race where 500 entrants took part. We set off out of the village and the 12 walkers quickly encountered muddy paths and a steep step up over a stile. The views in the winter were poor and there was a cooling breeze. After about an hours walking we stopped for a warming drink.From here 10 walkers continued the rest of the walk and two turned back due to the distance still to be walked and this was the only point to undertake a shorter walk.Judy and myself then tried a different route back but we made the decision to retrace our route back to the road and then return to the village along the road taking a short cut across the footpath leading back to the village. We were entertained as we walked on the right side of the road by the road runners on the left, lots of legs to see ( brr). As we walked back to the village we did find some interesting thatched cottages. I liked the birds on the roof of the first ones very quiet. When we all met up again by the cars the ten who completed the full walk commented that the going was extreamly muddy ( they needed to clean the heavy mudd off the boots twice) and was further than the 7 miles posted.
These are a selection from the official photographs.
I went to the Whittlesey Straw Bear festival today and thought that I would post a few pictures. There were crowds of people there and I bumped into Sarah & Sue Beel from our group.
As can be seen from the picture, Ramblers look better behind bars! It was a dicey drive to the start of the walk today and a number of road accidents were reported in the area. Thankfully none of our walkers fell foul of the icy roads although a few did report the odd slip and slide along the way. It was a beautiful sunny winter’s day and a total of 24 walkers turned out today; about half of which were from outside our own group membership. We had a leisurely walk from Upware to the visitor centre at Wicken Fen, seeing a Barn Owl along the way. After a 30 minute refreshment break we made our way back to the cars walking alongside Wicken Lode before crossing over the bridge in the picture to walk alongside narrow boats moored on the River Cam.
Karen and Barry were married yesterday at the Lynford Hall Hotel in a short but charming civil ceremony attended by about 30 family and friends. Judy and I represented the Ramblers and others had sent cards and their well wishes. Karen looked radiant in her wedding dress and Barry seemed in good spirit despite his ongoing illness. I’m sorry that the image is a little blurred but I took the wrong camera with me which lacked “image stabilisation” and was on maximum zoom introducing some camera shake. I’ll post a few of the official photographs later. I think that the highlight of the wedding ceremony was a couple of rather appropriate readings. I don’t have details of the first, but Barry’s choice was The Owl & The Pussy Cat.
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
After suffering with a cold for the last 10 days, it was somewhat of a relief to get out for a walk today with Amanda & Beatrix. It was a 6 mile recce from Stoke Dry, through Lyddington and returning on the shore of Eyebrook Reservoir. There was a cold wind on the more exposed parts of the walk but it still proved to be enjoyable and worth repeating as part of the forthcoming summer group walks programme.