Less than 100 days to Gardens Weekend

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Image of old fashioned pink rose against glossy green foliage
Rosa ‘Albertine’

It won’t be long before the Walsham Open Gardens Weekend Committee members start knocking on doors to drum up support for the Bank Holiday Gardens Weekend.  Over 200 village residents will be marshalled to help out with a multitude of tasks that make the event the success it is.

It’s not only the garden owners who have to agree to open their gardens each year.  Road closures have to be arranged, rotas for car parking duties and serving food have to be drawn up, the making of sandwiches and cakes has to be agreed so that there are enough. Continue reading “Less than 100 days to Gardens Weekend”

Poppy Project Update

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:05 pm

A knitted poppy wall Jan and Fiona would like to thank the many ladies who are knitting/crocheting for the poppy project.
They will both be in the Coffee Shop on Thursday 29th June and Thursday 24th August to collect any poppies, and to give an update on progress.

Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update – Day 41

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm

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Start: Kilmington (8.15am)Salisbury-Market-Crossroads
Finish: Winchester (5.35 pm)
Distance:  63.0  miles
Bike Time:  5h 33min
Ave Speed: 11.3 mph
Max Speed:  28.8 mph
Total Distance: 2192.0 miles
Total Time:  206h 48min
Up and off early as I had to make sure that I arrived in Winchester well before six, as I was going out in the evening with my university friend.  First though I had a meeting with the Selina, the latest addition to Mary Jane’s side of the family. Then off for Salisbury on a none too strenuous ride.  Far fewer hills than the day before.

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Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Day 39

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm

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Church at Southleigh set in rolling green hillsStart: Ottery St Mary (9.20am)
Finish: Kilmingon Common (7.35 pm)
Distance:  71.0  miles
Bike Time:  6h 59min
Ave Speed: 10.1 mph
Max Speed:  28.8 mph
Total Distance: 2129.0 miles
Total Time:  201h 15min

Breakfast later than usual so departure was a little later.  Left shoe in danger of falling apart.  Met two cyclists early on who tell me that there is a severe hill coming soon. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Day 39”

Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Day 38

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm

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Exeter Cathedral against a grey skyStart: West Monkton (9.15am)
Finish: Ottery St Mary (6.40 pm)
Distance:  53.7  miles
Bike Time:  5h 22min
Ave Speed: 10.0 mph
Max Speed:  25.2 mph
Total Distance: 2058.0 miles
Total Time:  194h 16min

A slight re-route was planned over the phone with one of Tiggie’s sons.  As I left  there was a slight clicking, which turned out to be a drawing pin just slightly sticking into the tyre.  Upon removing it there appeared to be no damage, but twelve miles later I could feel the lack of pressure and needed to change the inner-tube. It was then that I discovered that some member of the ‘pond-life’ brigade had removed the tool kit from under the saddle. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Day 38”

Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update – Day 37

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm

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three men in a boat on chew lakeStart: Long Ashton (9.15am)
Finish: West Monkton (6.45 pm)
Distance:  56.5  miles
Bike Time:  5h 17min
Ave Speed: 10.6 mph
Max Speed:  26.5 mph
Total Distance: 2004.3 miles
Total Time:  188h 54min

Photo of leaving is a must before setting off for Wells.  Chew up the road with Chew Magna, Stoke Chew and Chew Lake, before having a break at Harptree. Then a hard climb up to the top  of the Mendips, along with a number on a charity ride. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update – Day 37”

Walsham Watch

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:07 pm

neighbourhood-watch-badgeBe aware that there has been a burglary overnight in The Street from an unsecured  shed.

Garden tools and other equipment were stolen.  Be vigilant.

If at all possible restrict access to property, ensure sheds are locked and keep desirable items out of sight.

Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Day 34

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Statue of Edward Elgar against a gloomy sky
Edward Elgar

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Start: Kington (8.50am)
Distance:  62.9  miles
Ave Speed: 10.7 mph
Total Distance: 1863.8 miles
Finish: Malvern (6.30 pm)
Bike Time:  5h 59min
Max Speed:  26.3 mph
Total Time:  175h 25min

Another day when a little route planning was required, but not much  –  just to get me to Breadwedine, and then I was riding on the other side of the Golden Valley, which last time I had ridden it I got soaked. No different this time.

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Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update- Day 33

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 11:13 pm

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bus top with a bookshelf
Books at the Bus Stop

Start: Brecon (9.15am)
Distance: 40.0 miles
Ave Speed: 10.7 mph Max
Total Distance: 1800.9 miles
Finish: Kington (6.45 pm)
Bike Time: 3h 44min
Speed: 28.0 mph
Total Time: 169h 26min

 

The first chore, after breakfast was to take the bike to the bike shop to get the brakes seen to, then visit the cathedral and then rather than later to set off for the day’s ride. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update- Day 33”