We went with the Berkshire branch of the Cambridge Society to Chepstow. Arrived there on Friday evening for a pretty good meal in the hotel.
In the morning we walked from Chepstow to Tintan abbey where we had a pub lunch and a guided tour of the abbey by a bloke dressed as a monk.
Coach back to Chepstow and a tour of the castle just before it closed evening meal and then a concert with harp, vocals and pipes.
Sunday morning we took the coach to Caerleon, a very important Roman fort on the borders of Wales. Again had a guided tour of the site, amphitheatre, barracks and Roman baths. Sunday lunch at the Priory hotel.
Next into Cardiff, missing the Norwich/Birmingham football match traffic, to see the renovated docks and the barrage, with views of Penarth in the background.
Back home. Visit this site in a few weeks for a full write up and pictures
Today both Rosemary and I took the day off to Beat the Bounds. We met up with fellow beaters at Gallows hill at 9.00 am. There were 63 of us, and all 63 completed the 15-mile walk.
We followed the boundary fairly accurately, resulting in us climbing over many fences and going through peoples gardens where their property was on the parish border. There was one farm where only 6 people followed the actual boundary, this was the result of a confrontation with the farmer seven years before, where he appeared with a shot gun.
On the way round we re-vitalised the cross marks on various trees with an axe. We beat with a spade various people in the group, and various school children from the local school (who naturally insisted their headmaster got beaten, which was done).
It was a magnificent walk, the sun shone, the company was good. I saw places in and around Grendon Underwood I have never seen before. Magnificent bluebell woods, oak trees and views of the Vale. On the way around we saw MonkJack, Foxes, and a Badger Set.
There will be pictures of the walk posted here within a month.
Up and out early to catch the coach to Wales for the clay match against Saint Bride’s Major. We arrived and had a 75 target shoot in the quarry. I was quite pleased with my 40. It was better than most of the true Kingswood club members.
Unfortunately the Welsh beat us. Their high gun, shot 59, seemingly getting all the difficult shots but dropping some easier shots.
They had their usual pair of birds across the top of the quarry. Most of us have real difficulty with this stand. It makes for an interesting shoot being very different to our own shoots.
Back to the pub at 2.30 for beer and roast beef lunch. And what a surprise, I have never heard some many positive comments about the price of the beer, £1.50 for a pint (20 fluid ounce, a little over 500 ml) .
Today I went Paragliding at Combe Hill near to Newbury. The wind was not ideal because it was a North East wind. This site should easily take a North East wind, but for some reason it can be quite rough when blowing from that direction.
There were very few people there, probably because of the wind, the football and the competition in Wales. I had three flights, two short flights when the wind was light resulting in me doing a couple of side landings.
The final flight was 20 minutes, when there was plenty of lift. It was quite rough and I did not enjoy parts of the flight. The wing had a couple of small asymmetric tucks while I was flying. I bottom landed in the end to get out of the rough air.
I did not fly again, because the wind was stronger and everyone who flew after did not enjoy their flights much.