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Foibles

This time last year I was issuing kit to our largest ever Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Group before their expedition. There was a lot of competition for the newest stuff as well as for the rucksacks that matched their waterproofs. … Continue reading

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It doesn’t always work out well

Yesterday in the Borders was a day of torrential, cold rain, which turned into hail on the tops of the hills, and all of it being blown sideways by a bitter wind. It was the kind of bad weather day … Continue reading

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Question query

How come when I take the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh introductory meeting the little darlings ask me all sorts of challenging and original questions, some of which I don’t have adequate answers for… and when someone else takes the meeting, … Continue reading

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Another entry in my increasingly intermittent blog…

I blame the weather – yet another fine September weekend meant that I had to go out again. Quite a surprisingly large number of last year’s Bronze DofE group decided that they were brave enough to do Silver, so we … Continue reading

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I take it all back

This evening we had goldfinches basking in the evening sunshine, I find that I can put up with starlings if there are goldfinches in the balance. Tomorrow morning, quite early, we head off for the Scottish Borders, with two minibuses, … Continue reading

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the worst that happened was that Handsome didn’t bring me any sausage pie from the Harlaw coffee morning

It’s been a busy week. The problem with spending your whole weekend wandering around the hills with other people’s children (OPC) is that you still have all the things you should have done on said weekend to do, even although … Continue reading

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Kitting out

Overheard whilst handing out kit for our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group tonight… Can I swap rucksacks? This green one doesn’t go with my waterproof jacket, I’d rather have a blue one. Do you snore? Because if you wake me … Continue reading

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good grief it was cold in that tent!

I survived – so did the kids. Handsome even claims to have slept well in the several-degrees-too-cold for my four seasons sleeping bag and three pairs of socks temperatures. It was an experience. I don’t think I’ll repeat it unless … Continue reading

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packing

I have been packing tonight – for tomorrow night in a tent, in March, in a country where it has snowed every day for the last fortnight. What on Earth am I doing? Although there is (apparently) no snow lying … Continue reading

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just because they are enthusiastic doesn’t mean that they are sympathetic

Twenty-seven of our twenty-eight DofE Bronze group are now fully first aid trained – unfortunately the twenty-eighth is going to have to rely on the other members of the group, as she missed one of the lessons. I have to … Continue reading

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