Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Weymouth

Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | Friends, Travel

It has been a few years since our last group trip. Venla did come to Anglesey, but only in utero. As such, we were long overdue for a getaway. I fancied doing IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth, so it seemed like an excellent opportunity to combine the two.

Our accommodation was a The Bakehouse, ideally situated near the pavilion with the beach one hundred metres away on one side and the quay even closer on the other.

The weather was sunny for the first few days, and we hit the beach several times. We walked up to Nothe Fort and explored the museum.

Saturday included Weymouth parkrun, and a BBQ and Sunday was taken up by IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth. The second half of the week was rather wetter. It rained throughout the race.
As a result, on Sunday, we headed to the Sealife Centre. This seemed like a nice, dry, inside activity. But not in Weymouth. Most of their exhibits were outside, including the penguins, seals and Venla’s personal favourite: the scary duck. We were rather glad to get home and dry.

Most of all, though, we just hung out. It was a great opportunity to spend a week with friends.

Happy Galileo Day 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Events

As you can see, I spared no expense in making the picture for my blog post. I think it was worth the time, though. It is not every day that you turn 453. Of course, he hasn’t, because he is dead. But the thought still counts.

I would also like to offer a birthday shout-out to Michael, who I believe turns 23 today. He has a bit of catching up to do there.

Anglesey

Saturday, August 13th, 2016 | Friends, Travel

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For this year’s group trip, we headed to the north coast of Anglesey where we had a villa booked in Cemaes Bay. As you can see from the photo above it is a beautiful location and the villa was situated right on the coastal path. A short walk down from there and you could find the nuclear power plant.

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Unfortunately, they did not have a visitor’s cafe. Local attractions were not that important though: we were mostly interested in the hot tub. The weather was good for us and after an entire day of drinking in said hot tub, pretty much everyone except Elina and I were horribly sunburnt.

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Not a bad effort for the first 24 hours we were there. The rest of the week consisted of barbecuing, more hot tub time, and occasionally going to the pub.

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We also had a look round Beaumaris Castle.

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As ever, it was a super chance to catch up with friends that we see too infrequently. Roll on 2017…

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Hayfield

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Friends, Photos, Travel

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Earlier this month we visited Hayfield for a weekend of catching up, relaxing and enjoying the British summer, such as it is.

Galileo Day 2015

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 | Life

The problem when you don’t just plonk your holidays on top of existing Pagan festivals, is that they are not as nicely spaced out. Three days after the special West Yorkshire Humanists Darwin Day event then, we’re doing our Galileo Day events – organised meals between society members.

I don’t have any photos from ours yet, because it hasn’t happened yet, but here are some from previous years.

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I’ll report back on how it went. Probably painfully given I have American football training this morning…

Ullapool 2014

Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Friends, Life, Photos, Travel

A couple of years ago, Norman charged George and I with planning a suitable celebration of his 30th birthday. So, in February this year, we began planning a trip to the Scottish Highlands. Seven months and a thousand miles of driving later, and our mission was accomplished.

It is a mission to get to. It took 11 hours to get up there and 10 hours to get back. It was worth the drive though (I say now the back pain has faded). We got incredibly lucky in that we had no rain all week and enjoyed sunshine for most of it. The cruise staff were very keen for me to stress to everyone that I had to use sun cream in the Highlands!

Amazing weather, amazing company and an amazing setting – what more could you possibly want from a holiday?

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The view across the loch. The town on the right is Ullapool.

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Norman swimming in the loch. I only made it to the river that ran down beside our house into the loch and that was absolutely freezing.

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Corrieshalloch Gorge. The photos do not do it justice. It is 200 feet deep.

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Our beach-side home for the week.

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Best of all, spending a week with seven amazing friends.

Galileo Day 2014

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 | Foundation, News

Happy Galileo Day!

We’ve received a record number of inquries about the Galileo Day download packs this year. It is great to see so many people embracing the holiday. Where ever you are and whatever you are doing – have a good one.

Darwin Day 2014

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 | Life

Happy Darwin Day!

Today I am Toastmaster at White Rose Speakers and will be discussing Darwin in my introduction. Not just because he was an awesome guy that did a huge amount of advancing our understanding of science. But also because he was a cautious man, possibly a man who needed confidence – alas, Toastmasters was not around to give it to him.

Luckily, the same is not true today however.

Happy holidays

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 | Family & Parenting

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Hope you all have a great holiday season. If not, at least the days are getting longer now ;).

Copernicus Day

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 | Life

Copernicus

Happy Copernicus Day!