It has certainly been a few weeks since my last entry on the blog, partly because I took a few weeks out. Prior to that I have had a pretty varied time at work.
Since my last entry I have run a HML assessment, worked with John on a SPA training, paddled around Bigbury, watched the Tour of Britain flash past and have even got back into the routine of cycling to work.
The HML assessment was great weekend to work on as a course director as all the candidates passed. Some found the whole process quite emotional with a few just rattling the bar, but all met the required standard. The weather was very testing at the start of the course especially on the night nav when the rain and hill fog added to an already difficult night. Luckily for the candidates the weather eased as the weekend progressed. On one of the days it was quite noticible that there were alot of Orb Web spiders around on the moor. Some were quite impressive in size and had some fantastic markings. Apparently, once the female has laid her eggs in a silken purse she will stay with the eggs until she unfortunately dies. She would not have gone off to hunt for food during that time whilst minding her eggs. We also spotted frogs of all sizes whilst we were out and about and averaged about two a day, at least!!!! Thats a useless fact for you!!
Whilst on one of my days off I paddled around Bigbury one afternoon. A stunning afternoon it was, with clear flat water, a gentle breeze and the warmth of a late summer sun shining down. As the tide was quite low I had a great opportunity to exlpore a few of the many inlets around Burgh Island.
The Tour of Britain has been and gone and it always amazes me at the speed at which they travel. It is a great experience and the enterage of police out riders and team cars is as impressive as the cyclists themselves. Managed to get a shot Sir Bradley as the Peleton past at speed. The stage they cycled that day would be a day out for me including numerous tea and cake stops along the route. Think they would have finished as I would have been arriving at the summit of Haytor!!!!
Last weekend I was working with John on a SPA training and a great weekend it was with autumn weather still holding out.
The other morning I managed to capture a picture of the sun breaking out through a hole in the cloud highlighting a dot of land in the distance. I am out again on the bike trying to get into the routine of cycling to work. Hopefully I will now be able to keep it up. It has been difficult during the summer months as I have been camping with our Young Spirit trips on many of the weeks. Lets see if the weather holds, as it would be nice to have some pleasant weather to cycle in before the Autumn really turns!!!
Next week I will down in Dartmouth for a couple of days followed by another few days in the office. Still alot of courses to plan for the autumn. Kettle on then Martin!!!