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The Daffodil Dawdle

On Sunday my twitter Friend Gina and I did the LDWA challenge walk known as the Daffodil Dawdle.

Gina and I striding along..

I must confess to feeling very nervous about this walk, not because of the snow and not because of the distance but because this walk is not marked out, your given the route on the day.

I had asked for the GPX file and luckily for me late on Saturday evening I received it in an e-mail, which opened perfectly into my viewranger app.

All my worrying had been for nothing though, as the 4 pages of route instructions were very detailed and  fun to follow,I only used the GPX file a few times just to double check we were actually where we thought we were 🙂 I even had the confidence to tell some other walkers they were going the wrong way !!!

Gloopy mud

The conditions under foot were far from perfect, when we decided to do this walk the last thing we expected was SNOW and thick gloopy mud !! It certainly put some walkers off as they had 70 no show’s 🙁

All check points were perfectly spread out with food and a hot drink available at no extra cost too.

It took us 8 hours and 38 mins to cover the 26.6 miles and we enjoyed every min 🙂

The surprise of the day was bumping into Geoff when about 2/3rds of the way into the walk…  he had walked out from Cambridge using the GPX file and latitude to find us.  Those that know us well

We did it !

will know we are addicted to our Fitbits and no way was Geoff going to let Gina and I clock up all those steps while he sat at home !!

When checking in at the end,it was lovely to see Jayne who with other LDWA members had hot soup, crusty bread, apple crumble and custard waiting for us.

A very warming end to a great walk, one that may become a yearly event for us 🙂

A few more photos can be seen here...

A Marathon

NO I am not going to be running a marathon but hopefully I shall be walking 26 miles.

A girlfriend suggested we did another long distance walk together as we enjoyed the Oxfam walk Daffodil Dawdle in 2012.

After having a look around I thought we should do The Daffodil Dawdle organised by the LDWA, its starts at Kirtling Village Hall, near Newmarket and the description of the walk is… Through rolling countryside with studs, woodland, arable & pasture on Suffolk/Cambs border.

I have actually done this walk before many many years ago before I met Geoff  but I did the shorter route then 🙂

The only thing that concerns me is that the route is not marked, your given a description of the route on the day to follow and we all know how good I am at following a map !!

I am hoping that there will be a GPX file of the route which will give me a better chance of not getting lost

The walk is on March 24th and I hope to have a few 20 mile walks before then 🙂


Out with the country set….

When we left the Outdoor show we made our way to a small village just off the A14 called Hamerton.

I thought I lived in the middle of nowhere but this is even more remote.2338094358_a9e28c3e97

We had been invited by friends to the local wine tasting evening, to be held in the village hall.

An evening to be spent amongst the locals , mainly farmers and from the steel family 🙂

Louise did the talk and presentation of 6 wines all from Argentina.

First it was a Cava then 2 white, a rose and 2 red, one of them being oak smoked.

I am not really much of a drinker, but all wines were very pleasant, Geoff particularly enjoyed the oak smoked red.

A great evening w2337259591_73f0b4d38fas had by all.

The following day we had plans to meet up with more friends at Grafham Water and cycle round it on a tandem, but much to my disappointment the weather had turned bad so this had to be cancelled. 

Instead we had a guided walk around Hamerton and saw to our amazement how much flooding can be caused by one and a half inches of rain.

So a great day after all  🙂

Rest of the photo’s can be seen here….

Walk route can be seen here…..


Outdoor show and Outdoor blogger’s meet up

Great day yesterday down at the NEC in Birmingham for the outdoor show.bloggers

Although we were disappointed with the lack of outdoor stuff  on sale.

Geoff was hoping to see some light weight cooking stuff and I was after a new hydration system but we found none of these.

For us,what made the day was getting to meet up with some of the Outdoor Blogger’s and finally put names to faces.

Gayle and Mick will soon be off on their LEJOG walk , it was great hearing all about their plans a2337258083_99920f7c1end I will be following them on their blog

They wanted to know all about twitter so Geoff explained it well and we may have some new followers soon.

Great to also meet Daren,Duncan,Johnhee, Alan Sloman, Phil Doodlecat,Andy Howel , George and anyone else I may have forgotten.

Four of them even got to sample one of my muffins too.


Maybe next time we can all meet up for a walk 🙂


CRUFC in action…

Today after a great lunch at CRUFC we watched Cambridge play Rotherham.

Rotherham are in the leauge above Cambridge so we were unsure what the outcome would be, but Cambridge played an excellent game and lost by only one point.

Many Thanks to Philip for inviting us to the rugby once again and Doug and Adrian for being such good company too. A great afternoon enjoyed by all.

Geoff’s photo’s can be seen here

I have been playing with my Camera and took a little movie of Cambridge in action, shame my camera has no sound option as its not quite the same with out all the grunting and groaning 🙂

A few more clues….

Well as I needed to know what to pack I just had to ask Geoff about my Mystery holiday….

I now know we fly from Luton on Monday at 6am… and will be away a full week.

I think we are going to 2 places one warm one maybe cold…..

Pack walking stuff, walking sandals, maybe boots, jeans, and posh girlie skirt and shoes….

Now the wicked bit only hand luggage so I have to pack very light….

I thought about all my toiletries and nice perfume…. Geoff said don’t pack any buy it when we get there….

Packing always stresses me as I never know what to pack….none of my clothes match… Girlie skirt with walking jacket  !!!!!

Everyone is so desperate to find out where I am going… that’s people from work… friends, my boys, my mum and Dad, and people from massage course too.

So I have told them all to read my blog on Monday…..

Tomorrow I will be unbearable at work, then home, pack and off to Cambridge…and another adventure begins.

I have never had a surprise like this before… it feels Fantastic and it goes with out saying that I am bursting with excitement.

Its a Mystery…

I have started to think about my surprise holiday or should I say panic about my surprise holiday…

As far as I know we go away 2 weeks today, only a few days after Geoff gets home from the Pyrenees.

I dropped it into our conversation last night when he rang me…. all I got was pack light no more than 10kg ,wear walking kit and its high so could be cold…..

I have tried to get some information from Emily but she is not playing in fact this is what she had to say….

“Urm well…. I would be the biggest traitor ever if I told you, all I’ll say is you are going to LOVE it. I don’t like dad’s usual holiday activities but even I would DIE to go on this one it’s just stunning and breath taking and you’re going to have an amazing time :D”

Don’t know about you but I am going to burst with excitement soon…. not only am I excited about Geoff coming home but what a surprise I have to look forward to as well….

Any one like to take a guess at where I will be going and what I will be doing ???