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    Default Midsummer Meet at Barrow (in the right area)

    Ooops!

    Can somebody please now start a BLOG!
    Started ....

    Who know I may even find some time to add to it too .... just need to crack open the old thesaurus for superlatives.

    Hopefully some more peeps can add some photos/vids/words in the meantime,

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    "Start at the beginning, said the King gravely, and when you get to the end, stop!"

    We can do better than that, can't we!

    So, where better a place to start than thanking Simon & Karen for organising such a great weekend!

    Great to meet you both, and loved your set-up!

    Looking forward now meeting up again sometime soon, for some serious cook-outs - but, that's just me!

    Bonar Mc B
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    Come on chaps, and chapesses...Don't tell me now that none of you went paddling that day without....... a camera!

    If you did, then shame on you!

    MB

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    I didn't get to paddle that week-end, due to circumstance very much beyond my control....

    But, did manage to get there, and meet some great people and enjoy the ambience.

    In the chill out zone!

    Looking forward to some of your pics now!

    MB

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    YOu'll get 'em, but it'll be a while!

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    I’m also liking the look of the set up. And of course of the tactical kilt. I also have a really good excuse for not having pictures of the meet up

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    Default Simms Midsummer Madness - Barrow upon Soar

    Kilt & Skirts,

    At last, managed to get time on the PC.
    We should have had name tag, so i could remember all your names, i'll have a go with what i can remember.

    1. Simms + Karen
    2. Hemlock
    3. Jewels
    4. Cankay
    5. carbon
    6. MB
    7. davidfletcher
    8. Bobbing Ben +Minions
    9. Mal
    10. Sue T
    11. Ictoaun

    That a fantastic weekend, we've met some new friends, thank you all for making Karen and myself so welcome and we will be meeting up again.
    We where sad that we didn't get to as much as we wanted, (due to a dodgy Pickled onion (Friday) and committing to see our Granddaughter on the Sunday) plus we where not sure what to expect .... but we know now.

    A weekend of great company, fantastic food and a camp fire sing song. I need to learn more songs

    Jon (Cankay) -
    Thank you for the contact information and general info of the area .... I'll get the £2 to you, with interest, when we next meet.
    Jewels - Lovely to meet you
    Ben (BobbingBen) -
    We still have you bottle of milk, it's a bit thick now, do you still need it? I hope this starts many canoeing adventures with the family
    Mal - Finally got to meet the creator of the many SotP adventures i've read.
    Mark - great to meet you.
    Sue T - great to meet you
    Hemlock, Carbon, David, Ictoaun - great to meet you all
    and last, but not least, Master Chef,
    Bonarmbj - Mark, thank you for the fantastic food. You've open our eyes to what is possible.

    Some pictures of the weekend,



    Simms Midsummer Madness



    Tent set up and a fire pan ready for the weekend.





    Left and right on the Soar



    Borrowed from Sue T The camp, or part of it.





    Mark, Mess set up and getting ready to feed the troops






    Karen doing i'm not sure what



    Vegetarian tatis, on the go





    Mal on jankers for not having a kilt ..... Onion prep ...it was either this or polishing Mark's 120mm shell case


















    Kilt Time



    Ben on baby sitting duties



    Punjabi Lamb Kebabs .... yum, yum



    Jewels decision making



    Dad, duck







    Martin in "little finger sticking out" mode



    Master Chef Mark arrives



    Just giving training on "How to sit in a kilt"




    A beer well deserved.



    Jewels bring round the Sotp cup cakes, they where lovely, thank you.







    Red sky at night, it was a hot weekend



    Love this Pic, thanks Mal



    Mark, up skirting against the law now. If we'd had a fan, i'd happily have done a "Marilyn Monroe"
    We did get on the water on Sunday, but got as far the Ice Cream shop and Karen would go no further, until we had a 99.
    As i said, a great weekend in fantastic company.

    We look forward to meeting up with you all again

    Simon & Karen
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    MagiKelly,

    The fire pans great for base camp and feeding the 5000. Kilts are so cool, literally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    "Start at the beginning, said the King gravely, and when you get to the end, stop!"

    We can do better than that, can't we!

    So, where better a place to start than thanking Simon & Karen for organising such a great weekend!

    Great to meet you both, and loved your set-up!

    Looking forward now meeting up again sometime soon, for some serious cook-outs - but, that's just me!

    Bonar Mc B
    Same here Mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simms View Post
    MagiKelly,

    The fire pans great for base camp and feeding the 5000. Kilts are so cool, literally.
    You don’t need to sell me on the benefits of kilts I do keep eyeing a Utilikilt to go with my traditional ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    You don’t need to sell me on the benefits of kilts I do keep eyeing a Utilikilt to go with my traditional ones.
    I know John
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    looks like it was a good weekend, shame i missed it.

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    Sorry, still can't get my photos to show but this link might take you to them. And yes, there are some taken ON the water

    Thanks all for a fab weekend and making me feel so welcome on my first SoTP event.
    See you all again soon............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue T View Post
    Sorry, still can't get my photos to show but this link might take you to them. And yes, there are some taken ON the water

    Thanks all for a fab weekend and making me feel so welcome on my first SoTP event.
    See you all again soon............
    No link Sue.

    which picture program are you useing ....... Google, flickr ?
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    I use Google Photos. I find it easy to use and its free.

    Have you tried:-

    Large picture (full screen)

    Right click - and click "copy image address"

    then to here "quick reply" and click the picture frame (on the menu above) . Paste the "image address" in the URL bar and click ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue T View Post
    Say you have to sign in.
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    Just a couple of action shotos from me.

    Kinda got into a bad habit of taking less photos when Mal's around - 'cos his are so much better - and I guess Barrow is a bit more of a known commodity to me.

    Awesome weekend! - Thanks Simms!.






    This one was kinda staged. Martin and I were gifted some beers for taxi services rendered during the Tiber jolly - so this was a reunion celebration quaffing the last beer in our dainty recycled event mugs. The photo was subsequently uploaded to the WhatsApp group participants used.

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    OK, here we go....


    Bridge at Barrow







    Heading down the navigation










    Down the Soar


































    The Frightening Falls


















    Remarkable trust shown by Becca and Madelaine












    Jules and Jon












    Onward through some beautiful countryside


















    Lunch with the cows





















    The last bit of river















    Onto the canal



























    The last section on the river again
















    The evening festivities will follow later...off for a paddle now!

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    Looked like a very jolly outing

    I see you caught Juliet doing what she normally does in the bow zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    That evening, the Master Chef was in his element





















    So much preparation has gone into every one of these feasts. I, being on punishment duty for lack of full uniform, had the minor task of helping with the chopping, but Mark had spent many hours pulling together all the little details. Simon and Martin did their bits with spuds and chapatis.
























    Of course, our host dressed correctly for dinner, before serving up a feast. Special mention must also go to Jon and Jewels on flatbread duty, and Dave for his truly magnificent bhajis.















    As we all gorged on this outstanding repast, Ben's boat burned merrily in the background.






    We waddled over, discovered it was merely the pre-lit firepit behind, and collapsed in our chairs, too full to move. At this point, John appeared and served, of course, port and a selection of fine cheeses.









    No more, no more, we cried, unable to move enough to even replenish our glasses. So Jules came round with the cakes...






    After a short period of recovery, the normal festivities resumed. A fine night was had, of fire, music, song and chat. Hopefully the fact that the "band", and I used that term in the loosest possible manner, went on until well after midnight, didn't reduce the enjoyment of the dwindling audience


    Thanks Simon and Karen for organising, with a little help from Jon no doubt, and thanks as always to Mark for continuing the unbelievable standards of hospitality and fine cooking, all done with a proper sense of the ridiculous, and with bags of good humour. Bring on the next one...

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    Mal

    Great pictures from a great weekend, thank you. Mal, You definitely have a photographers eye.

    Saturdays paddle, wish I'd not eaten that dodgy pickled onion it look like a nice paddle.

    As for Mark's meal, wow, it's open my eyes to possibilities and again thank you Jewels & Jon and Dave for the sundries.

    We look forward to the next meet up.

    Simon & Karen
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    Simon & Karen,
    Just picking up now on this super week-end above, whilst loving all the pics so far posted!
    Would have replied a little earlier, but unfortunately got bogged down at the time with 'The Henley Campaign!' planning & execution details...

    You know how it goes!

    Done & Dusted now though, all except for the blog....and that's coming!....With a few shots from The Maldoon! (Hopefully!)

    Can't now be done with waiting a whole year for next years Henley festival, so thought.....how about An African Safari Paddle in the meantime!?

    Dates and Location wise:
    25th- 26th August somewhere on that Bedford river? With potential for a 2018 Big Meet maybe?!

    Open now to discussion....
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    Hi all

    MB, I know, all work and no play, where does time go :-(.
    I thought that when the children moved out/got married/etc etc, life would calm down ....... and the the Grandchildren started appearing ....... we're getting know the M1/A1 very well now. I digress.

    August bank hol, we are unfortunately busy. Possible september time, i can think of any appointments, but i'll have to check with my PA (Karen) :-)

    As for the Ouse at bedford it's pretty boring, only return trips on the same stretch.

    A better area to go is Huntingdon/St Ives, there are a few backwaters in the area. There are some campsite, but they are commercial.

    I'll see what i can find out.
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    Juggling also now with the usual family commitments... whilst awaiting my boys A level results to come in, whilst dear wifey now expecting ( and naturally demanding - because she's worth it! ) a full 48hrs of shopping in Guildford this weekend, just as part of her birthday celebrations!

    Whilst still contemplating An African Safari Paddle, and now thoughts of a Mexican Monday!

    We'll get there...

    Walk a mile in my shoes!
    Keep yer paddles wet, and powder dry....

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    Simon,
    See now Cankays latest thread in the meetings & social. Maybe a chance to all meet up there on this do? The Caves have little to offer in respect of home comforts,,, but the nearby pub, a short ambulating bimble away may do B&B?

    MB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Juggling also now with the usual family commitments... whilst awaiting my boys A level results to come in, whilst dear wifey now expecting
    That was SCARY reading for a second there...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    ( and naturally demanding - because she's worth it! ) a full 48hrs of shopping in Guildford this weekend, just as part of her birthday celebrations!
    ...but fortunately turned in a different direction!


    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Whilst still contemplating An African Safari Paddle, and now thoughts of a Mexican Monday!

    We'll get there...

    Walk a mile in my shoes!
    An African safari would work best with a bit of ditching...so we may need a Hippo and a Patterdale to complete the picture.

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    "Yebo Bru, that''s Lekker!"

    MB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Simon,
    See now Cankays latest thread in the meetings & social. Maybe a chance to all meet up there on this do? The Caves have little to offer in respect of home comforts,,, but the nearby pub, a short ambulating bimble away may do B&B?

    MB
    Hi Mark,

    Yep, saw that.

    Unfortunately we are booked for the August B holiday, a damned shame!

    I'm unable to find much info on camping near Huntingdon :-(, so The Caves is looking a better option for you all.
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