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    Cool The Biggish Meet - Monsoon, Magic, Mozzies and Marvelous

    I'm not going to blogg this, I'll leave that to someone more eloquent, just start the ball rolling and give a place for people to upload their pictures.

    Monsoon
    It could have been a wash-out after the rain on Friday evening but the weather gods were only joshing and the rest of the weekend dry, mostly sunny and sometimes blustery.

    Magic
    In the shape of our glorious leader who left cankay short a finger or with a short finger, still can't work it out

    Mozzies

    There were some.......in fact they managed to scare off the local stray dogs........and perhaps we should have mentioned this in advance

    Marvelous

    But in fact it turned out to be a great weekend. And Jon Cankay and Juliet Jewels666 did a bang up job of organising everything. Well done guys, you were fantastic. Great bunch of folk turned up from all over the country.

    This pic should give you an idea of the weekend

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    So please add your pictures and stories below.
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    We could start a post meet competition, who has the most bites, I have eleven! The prize could be a bottle of repellant!

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    I haven't counted totals, but I can say I have mozzie, midgey and horsefly bites.
    "Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!" said Piglet, feeling him.Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet what happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidfletcher View Post
    We could start a post meet competition, who has the most bites, I have eleven! The prize could be a bottle of repellant!
    Are we competing on quantity or quality? I’ve not counted mine but they are all crackers. Took me a couple of hours to get to sleep last night because the itching was driving me crazy.
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    The Magnificent Jon & Juliet

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    Juliet and audience

    [IMG]cake shop[/IMG]

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    Sunday paddle

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    tandem paddling scares me

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    Pics courtesy of Di

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    I managed to collect the bite full set, I do have duplicates if anyone feels they are missing out on one but they may be difficult to transfer
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    Like I said elsewhere I didn’t take that many pictures. Nor for that matter did I paddle that much. For me this was going to very much be about getting a chance to meet more of the members of the forum.

    We arrived on site early afternoon on the Friday and managed to get the tent set up between rain showers. By the evening the site started to fill up and the train was really settling in. We were going out for a meal in the evening with a friend of Jo’s who lives nearby. After a good meal out we returned in the dark. The rain was still on but beginning to die down a bit. An early night was had. Was strange to be in a. Tent let alone one so big.



    In the morning the sun was up and we could see that more people had arrived while we had been out.







    After breakfast it was time for the duck race.



    I was appointed the line judge and by some miracle my duck was one of the winners. A pure coincidence I’m sure

    Jo was not keen on getting in and out of the canoe with the raised banks. I believe there may have been a swimmer because of this later. We decided to do a shorter paddle. There is a shorter loop that Simms and Rimfire were doing but this involved going through a lock. We opted to just head upstream as far as we could.





    We paddled upstream for a little over half an hour. The first section was among lots of canal boats and floating houses. The next bit was among lots of houses I couldn’t afford but would like to live in. Eventually we reached a point where the flow was too strong for us to progress. We turned and came back in about 5 minutes.

    Back at camp we went for a good pub lunch with the dogs in the Moorings. Later in the afternoon, while Jo had a nap, I took the canoe downstream toward the lock.



    It was strange to see signs talking about the “navigation”, its not something we get signs about in Scotland.



    Something else we don’t usually see is Mal’s clockwork Heron. I can only assume he had this installed before his dates changed and he had to cancel.



    We also got to see some of the famous English killer swans, although the dogs were not that impressed, Sam especially so.



    The flow in this section of river / canal was all but non existent. What little flow there was ran the opposite way to the wind so you could just float or gently paddle. I enjoyed just pootling about watching the wildlife.



    After this paddle and brief burst of photo talking I again forgot about the camera for quite a while. We spent the early evening chatting with people as they returned from the long paddle. It was great to get a chance to meet and chat with so many members but at the same time I felt guilty I had to keep cutting conversations short to make sure I tried to see everyone.

    I gave out some free stickers and badges to those who attended. If I happened to miss anyone who was there, drop me a PM and I’ll post some. I was giving out the skeleton Quentin stickers as I’m not sure I will put these up for sale. They are a bit awkward to fix and I don’t want people paying for them and then not actually getting them fitted without damaging them.

    The main event of the evening was the Bake off competition as well as sitting round the fire chatting. Jon gave a brief introduction to the competition before embarrassing me with some undeserved flattery. I diverted attention from this by doing some magic in the failing light which covered any incompetence on my behalf

    Just when I thought it was safe I was presented with an anniversary cake to celebrate approximately 4000 bloggs on the site.



    Now cake is something I’m happy to deal with so I cut this and started eating.

    The rest of the evening was chatting and socialising. As well as being eaten by insects.

    In the morning we had a quick breakfast and got packed up. We were doing the full 6 hour drive home and planned to leave about 10am. We said our goodbyes and got ready to leave. Sam expressed her disapproval of this plan by making herself comfy in one of the canoes loaded for the Sunday paddle.



    Still despite her protesting it was time to go. I wish we could have stayed longer, paddled more and made more new friends but alas we had to leave. Maybe we can make it to another biggish meet soon.
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    A great weekend.

    Thanks to all that organised it and those that attended; a brilliant mix of like-minded nutters.

    I wasn't a great fan of the wind on the uphill bits though and I've never come across such brazen mozzies. I liberally applied some "Smidge" then watched as one of the cheeky bitches landed and inserted her drinking straw into my flesh while it was still wet !!!

    Next year I will try to make the effort to bake something (it might even be edible)

    Thanks again all

    Col (from daarn saaaf)

    PS My Pal suits having a chilled out Rotty in it
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post




    The river was officially in flood - so the red light was actually flashing.

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    The mighty Soar on Saturday morning as viewed from a safe distance ... ...

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    Job lot of Fri-Sat photos.

    The weekend included some paddling, mozzies, changeable weather, some most excellent silliness, but mostly its about the people who popped along that made for sun a fun and engaging weekend.

    The majority of these photos then are some of the many people who filled the weekend with their camaraderie, smiles and fun.





















































    The Great Loughborough Foam Of Imminent Splashyness....







































    Quentin as you've never seen him before ....



    Some more cakeage photos ....




    ... and the initial cutting!



    I'll add some more bloggy type words a wee bit later and some photos from my phone, but, with humble thanks to everyone, I thought I'd get these out to share.

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    Wonder how I got wet. No pictures of me swimming. Must have been raining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Per View Post
    Wonder how I got wet. No pictures of me swimming. Must have been raining.
    It was, it widdled it down on Friday John ... you must just take longer to dry out than most other folks.

    As a Bio-security measure a Paddle In Canoewash has been installed on the Soar Trail? ...

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    Some more photos:






















































    I think I've posted at least one photo for everybody I managed to photograph (apologies for those I missed). I might have a few others, or higher resolution versions, if anyone is interested.

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    What we need is everyone to find a picture they are in and quote it so I can match usernames to faces. I’m managing quite a few but still a few blanks to fill in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    What we need is everyone to find a picture they are in and quote it so I can match usernames to faces. I’m managing quite a few but still a few blanks to fill in.
    I can't seem to quote just one picture so......I'm Col, the beardy bloke in the sand coloured Pal ( who borrowed Sam for a few minutes )

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellowtractor View Post
    I can't seem to quote just one picture so......I'm Col, the beardy bloke in the sand coloured Pal ( who borrowed Sam for a few minutes )

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    What we need is everyone to find a picture they are in and quote it so I can match usernames to faces ...
    Diana (with the paddle that's shaft has warped in the sun ) and Potty ... a.k.a. Diana & Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    What we need is everyone to find a picture they are in and quote it so I can match usernames to faces. I’m managing quite a few but still a few blanks to fill in.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_B View Post
    Some more photos:



    Me.

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    Oops, re-posted my post from above, no idea why it happened, I can't delete so I've edited down to this.
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    Jax in the front, me in the back

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    I have rather a few...




























































    To be continued...

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    More to come still...

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    Phew!

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    Lovely set of photographs Bernie, the facilities were interesting ... at first glance you'd think we had 2 gents only toilets ... but most SotPers were wearing shorts ... so maybe it was just kilts that were out of bounds ... this from a company called Thistle?

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    Looks like another brilliant meet. Wish team Broadsman could have made it. Good to see you still had time for the foam party!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post

    I think I only appear in one picture, but then my boat is so much more distinctive than I am. The back of my head isn't going to help much, particularly as Mrs. Tyro initially refused to believe it was a picture of me as the hair colour looked so wrong.
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    I feel Bernie has to be holding pictures back. Felt like he got more pictures of my dogs, although it may just have been him feeding Sam rather than photographing her
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    Really great photos.



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    Hi All,

    Jewels666 asked me to add a request here for anyone at the Big Meet whom she did not manage to hand over a Soar Tour sticker, to send her a PM with your postal address and needed numbers and we'll get them in the post to you.




    Ta
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    Could you post this out to Per whilst you're at it

    [IMG]per by Mr B Cunney, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    What we need is everyone to find a picture they are in and quote it so I can match usernames to faces....
    These reprobates are "silent SotPers", they aren't on the forum but have been to all the recent Big and Biggish Meets ... Bala, Bala, Bala, Loch Ken, Ripon, Barrow upon Soar & Barrow upon Soar ...

    Tracy & Nettie ...



    Little Ant (now 18 ) ...

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    I'm sure that I posted some photo links in here but....

    Here's a link to Autumn's set https://photos.app.goo.gl/WRcgQX6vxsZFwSz99

    Here's mine, https://photos.app.goo.gl/DHJh5b2EE6p65hxU7 Apologies for the poor quality.

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    I think you posted them on the planning thread. I’d blame Simms as he posted his there in front of you
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    Thanks John,

    Just shows that I'm not going too doolally. Yet.

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    As kinda asked by no one, here are the answers to the 'stills quiz'


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    Far to embarressed to ask really as I failed to get any films, and nobody I knew could either.

    But thanks to you both for organising a great event, I am still not sure how you fixed the weather for us!

    Not sure about the bugs, where we camped up near the road we had very few, maybe the particulates kept them away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    What we need is everyone to find a picture they are in and quote it so I can match usernames to faces. I’m managing quite a few but still a few blanks to fill in.


    This is me (Nick) and a swan
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    Pete (Sirus) and Max
    I forgot about stickers too.


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    Looks like a great get-together and excellent idea to put names to faces.
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    This is me, Chris:
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    This is me (Bernie) and my daughter Selena who gifted me a canoeing weekend for my 50th. This was it and it was everything I hoped for and more. Thank you all so much.


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    ill just get mine on the next meet if that's easier plus reason to go can just say I have to pop out for a minute to get a sticker sure she wont miss me for a day or three
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    By the way would just like to thank every body for a great weekend pleasure to me a new bunch of faces i can promiss i wount forget the face but as for the name thats another matter the name john comes to mind though thanks again cragger
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    Doug (dougoutcanoe) having a bubble bath.



    Doug paddling with the boss, Autumn.



    A great meet, thanks to all.

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    this is carbon (john)

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    Thank you Jon and jules for a real superb of a weekend

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    Hats off once again to Jon & Jules!

    Sometimes, it's not always possible to come along to these meets, due to various reasons, but from the above smiles seen, it makes you feel as if you were there - Brilliant stuff!

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    Looks like the best Soar meet yet to me! Definitely wish I could have been there, as well as in Sweden. I'm even genuinely glad the weather played ball in the end, I was wondering if you'd get a bit wet.


    John, I've left that battery controlled heron there as a permanent feature now. And I didn't need it in Sweden, as the radio controlled moose filled up my hand luggage.


    11 insect bites is nothing to boast about. The "grand slam" of different insect types is impressive, we did our best in Glaskogen, but managed to evade a couple of species.


    Glad to see the foam machine is still working.


    Impressed by the baking, glad I didn't have to match that!


    Fab to see Summer and Selena paddling happily together. The various guises of "big meet" have always been superb family events, glad to see that continuing.


    Even though I wasn't there, thank you to Jules and Jon for once again putting together such a great event.
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    Fab to see Summer and Selena paddling happily together.
    This is Autumn and Hannah



    but I don't think you know Hannah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cragger View Post
    ill just get mine on the next meet if that's easier plus reason to go can just say I have to pop out for a minute to get a sticker sure she wont miss me for a day or three
    I think you appear in a photo by Cankay further up this thread. Are you wearing a yellow and black Pfd?
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    A big thank you to Jon & Jewels for organizing such a great weekend.
    I’d only just realised that a blog had been started, so we’d better add some of the few pictures, I took of this auspicious occasion.



    Col and Karen having a chat, about something or other ….



    Dinner is served at HQ RAF Barrow, so the choice between steak and mushrooms or roast chicken and roast potatoes turned into Mushrooms and roast chicken as the steak and potatoes where still at home.









    Gathering for the evening’s entertainment.



    I first thought this was a raffle box, but then realised it was Jewels reflector oven doing a grand job of the cookie tops, but just doing a to-gooda-job on the bottoms.







    Entrants for the SotP Bake off







    John (Magikelly) up to his old tricks … (that sounds bad) and after the rope tricks … (that sounds even worse), it was time to help Jon (cancay) part with one of his fingers, no mess, no blood all’s well.





    It was about this point that the SotP 4000th ish trips cake was presented to John Kelly as a thank you for founding this forum for our paddling fraternity. This was also a big thank you to all who’s input and help make the “Song of the Paddle” work and become such a great group of folks.







    Folks gather to enjoy the warmth and a chat around the fire.







    Bernie Hoffman teaching the correct way to toast marsh mellows, I missed the pic of his “commando” roll away from the fire.


    And so to bed for some of us, who had a hard shift week.

    Next days pics to follow.

    Simon & Karen.
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    The next day some, about 20 canoes, where doing a paddle route up stream form the camp.









    Safety brief and prized awarded



    Don't know who these people are ...







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    No lock for you lot today !























    and off up the river they went .......

    link to google pictures, there are a few more here that i couldn't fit ... Barrow SotP 16-180719

    It was a grand weekend, thank you all for a fantastic time.

    Simon & Karen.
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    A bit late I know, but here's some pickies that I took.





















































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