Hill walking Froggatt Edge (Fox House)

>>  Saturday, February 17, 2018

I returned to the hill walking club for a second time, back in the Peaks again but a little further north and a little more dramatic.
It started gently near Baslow.

A cold, but at least dry day,  although snow was in the air and mud was on the ground!

It's not a  hill walking club for nothing though and we were soon on our way upwards.

Past deer in the sloping woods.

Up to Baslow Edge.  with snow capped hills in the distance it was a cold wind blowing in.

Eagle Rock, which apparently Baslow men have to climb to prove they are fit to marry
Highland cattle - cuties

and onto Curbar Edge then Froggatt Edge

There were a lot of people walking, running, cycling, climbing

I couldn't quite get over the couple that looked like a pair of tits walking together (but not knowing the walking  group people too well yet I did not want to say it out loud!)

There was a Bronze age stone circle up there known as Stoke Flat.

And onto Grindleford Station cafe for tea and chips.

A member of our coach party, but on one of the longer set walks (I went on the short walk again) had stopped at the cafe rather than carry on with the walk he was on but had taken a turn for the worse and had called an ambulance.  We waited until the ambulance set off for hospital and then carried on our way.

Past old cars that appear to be being used as garden sheds.

And into Padley Gorge
A beautiful ancient woodland

And finally through the Longshaw Estate
And so to the pub
Which I was rather pleased about as the snow had just started to blow in the air again as we reached the end of our 10 miles.

It was really refreshing to be somewhere I hadn't been before and the company is so good.  These well heeled retired folk, travel a lot and have so many stories to share on a long walk.  Fascinating to listen to.


Rangers Come Dine With Me Night

>>  Sunday, February 11, 2018

At the start of year planning they chose to do a 'come dine with me' night, I printed off some score sheets for points out of 10 for Taste and also out of 10 for Presentation and basically crossed my fingers that they would deliver.

Only one Ranger totally forget to bring anything.  One came with evening meal risotto leftovers because her parents would allow her to cook anything else but you can't blame a girl for her parents!

I was totally distracted as I decided to use the night to get some badge admin done, so I was not on the camera ball.  But the Salmon, cheese and horseradish canapes looked lush.

 The homemade to 'grandma's secret recipe'  trifle I ate and it  was outstanding - I would have given it a 9 and 10 if I had been scoring.  I did however forget to take photo before I ate - food blogger I will never be!

One ranger did a nice meal of halloumi and salad followed by fruit and cream - nice meal but she did mention that she'd emptied her family fridge of the food without telling them!!  Her mum is a guide leader, I'm looking forward to asking her what she got for dinner that night being as we were eating the planned meal!!

Two rangers got together and made homemade cherry pie and cream - with guiding trefoil decorations - great effort.

And the winner was home made spiced biscuits with a chocolate ganache - I seriously tried to get to this one to take a pre photo - Rangers are rather vulture like when it comes to chocolate though!!!

I think they did a really good job of the night.  They all enjoyed it, and really got into it.  For those that made an effort it will cover a phase 1 independent living octant...just to add a bit more to my admin!

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