Posted in The Chief’s Ramblings on Thursday 16th October 2014 at 10:08 am by Steve
Had a busy weekend at work and at home. Last Saturday was spent making trips in an old Landy to a small area of trees on the farm to collect wood from a Beech tree. The tree had already fallen and had previously been cut into rings. So it was just myself, Paddy and Festa with the task of splitting the wood, loading it into the Landy and then transporting it back to the farm. Well, since Paddy and Festa are collies it would be down to me to do all the work, very good they are though at fetching sticks and getting in the way. Paddy insisted on laying in the back of the Landy on top of the loaded wood with the intention of sleeping. As the wood piled higher all he did was keep repositioning himself on top of the wood. Who said dogs were intelligent. After three trips and alot of splitting the job was done. Took most of the day but at least now we have a ood supply of wood for the winter.
When I awoke early on Sunday it certainly felt that I had moved a fair weight of wood the day before. Unfortunately it was an early start as I was due to be at Widecombe for 08:00. It was the Marie Curie Widecombe Walk and each year we marshall the event. We set canes out along the route to help guide the walkers along their way. I usually set these out in the morning as I never really know what the visibility will be like on the tops of the hills. Luckily we had a clear but grey day and my race along the tops to set the canes before the walkers caught up with me was made easier. Standing around it got pretty cold, but if you were walking it was ideal weather. The event was a success and was finished off with a cream tea in Widecombe. Great way to end the day, certainly earned it.
On Monday I was up after repacking the car to go down to Dartmouth for an overnight expedition. To say it was raining on Monday would be an understatement. It lashed down all day and only finally eased at about 19:00. Luckily just in time to cook their pizzas. Tuesday was a totally different day and we had another great day on the river to end what was eventually a great trip.
We have a busy weeknend ahead with three groups arriving on Friday evening and staying until Monday. I will hopefully be out on the Saturday morning training with the Swift Water Team with DSRT Plymouth. I have a bit of time in the office today and tomorrow going over the details for the weekend.