I'll lead in with our Sunday activity this week:
Kinder Scout walk from Edale a year ago but we (all) had different plans this time.
The walk was our first linear walk in the Peak District. I felt we've built up our endurance enough to try walking from Hope to Edale (cyan with red arrows). Take a look at the other walks we've done in the area -- 6 in total! [Kinder Scout is to the west, Castleton/Mam Tor to the south, Ladybower and Derwent Reservoir to the north, Hathersage and Stanton Edge to the east.]
This was a haul: 9.5 miles in 5:10 (4:10 moving) with 2170' total climbing. You can see from the graph above that we had two separate climbs of 800+ feet. (Given Kuk's reaction at the end, the walk might have been 1.5 miles too long.) Joking aside, the troops did well. We've definitely stretched our abilities.
Once again, we misjudged the weather. This time in the other direction though as we were quite warm. Could have pulled those shorts back out but alas we were in long sleeves/trousers (pants) and got quite toasty.
like this one (though we haven't climbed that much at this point)
fuzzy sheep this time
walked 2 weeks ago) and on to the ridge line of Stanage Edge
zoomed in a bit to see Stanage Edge and Carl's Wark
a look back down in the valley
working our way towards Win Hill -- bonus look back at Ladybower Reservoir on the other side
taking a rest at the top of Win Hill -- great views from here
walking towards the lone tree in the area
and another rest break at the top (more family shots this time!)
across the valley -- Castleton would be on the other side (I think the lump is Mam Tor)
still smiling (and a little backlit with the bright sun)
a few last fuzzy sheep
I didn't include all the scenery shots, including Kinder Scout in the distance but the views were great all around (though there was a dry stretch in the middle). Really proud of us doing this semi-challenging "walk".
We stopped off at the aptly named "Ramblers Inn" in Edale and enjoyed a well deserved refreshment at the end. At least 2 passengers had a doze in the back on the way home so we must have done some good (fortunately the driver wasn't one of them).
Not sure how many more of these chances will get . . .
Bit and Bobs
I've got a few extra things to cover this week since I didn't report in last week.
First off, both kids had their Speech/Award day ceremonies (for last year's efforts). Both did really well last year and are off to a good start so far this year.
Fun with Animals
Last Saturday my boss invited us back for his son's 5th birthday party. He hired a animal group and thought our kids would enjoy it along with the others. I've got quite a few photos of them even though it isn't their birthday!
Alex doesn't think much of this one (a cockroach I think)
a small golden (?) tarantula -- recall that Nicole held a big one two years ago (link)
now for the good stuff -- Alex gets to "hold" the lizard
I couldn't pass this one up. Kuk, as usual, liked asking questions and must have gotten a strange response
bearded dragon (and cockroach eater) on Alex's chest
and Nicole's magic to actually have a snake poo on her (or at least attempt to while she was holding it)
a little big bigger now -- that's the birthday Alex on the right
and a different one
never knew Alex liked snakes so much (doesn't mean we are getting one though)
on to some furries -- a chinchilla
Heritage Trust Day at Rolls-Royce
Once a year, Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust opens its doors to the public. The schedule fit, so I took the kids on Saturday.
Alex was most fascinated by the 1/2 scale and spinning Trent 1000 lego
Trent 1000 -- what I've been working on since I got here
curvy fan blades
hot section of the Trent 1000
speaking of automotive, they did have a few out front -- this is an early 50's model
So there you have it: a nice walk on a glorious day and some bits and bobs from the last 2 weeks thrown in. Take care everyone and have a good week.