Other Adventures and Activities

June walk with Dave back to Pen y fan. This time we went the long way around. 6.5 hours of walking bliss.

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June  8th- Retreat in Wales with Josh (a fellow student) answering the question, “what has the Lord been teaching you through your studies?” We climbed two hills, Table Top Mountain and Pen y fan (which is the 2nd highest point in Wales).

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May 16- Cycling to Clevedon with Tim

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March 28- A much needed day away. A 66 mile cycle-prayer-history trip connecting between all the non-conformist chapels in western South Gloucestershire. My professor and I prayed for all of the active chapels, found  a castle and stopped at a bakery and a pub for some nourishment (I discovered lardy cake!).

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Oct 28-31- Mid-Term Research Trip to…

Oxford

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Olney (resting place of John Newton, author of Amazing Grace)

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Warwick (the birthplace of John Ryland)

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Proof that I did spend most of my time researching

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Sept 27- Took the Saturday to travel over to Southampton with a beekeeping friend to a big bee equipment sale at Thornes’ Beekeeping. On the way back we meandered through a quaint valley. Can anyone guess the house we found at the end of it?

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Sept 24- Cycling to Chew Magna outside Bristol for the College’s Away Day (Quiet Day). On the way there I was introduced to this stone circle.

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Sept 15- Man’s best friend, so glad we brought her along! Jennie tries out a new Denta-Flex from Purina.

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Sept 13- A walk with a friend on the heights over looking central Bristol. Found the old AA gun installations from WWII and also the Dower House.

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Sept 10- Had a boring morning and a sticky afternoon. Let me explain. The Bristol Channel has the second highest tide in the world, after the Bay of Fundy. Today was its strongest. When the tide comes into the Severn River it forms a bore (a tidal wave) that surges up the river very quickly. Today my friend from church took me bore hopping where one rushes from viewing point to viewing point attempting to beat the bore there and then on to the next to get yet another amazing view as the bore presses on. Here are some shots from that adventure. In the narrows (not seen here) the wave can be as high as 10ft.20140910_075644 20140910_081630 20140910_083940 20140910_092246 20140910_094205

My sticky adventure was going with Rob, who I went bore hopping, to help his 97 year old father extract his honey and tend to his bees. Click here to view photos.

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Sept 10- Had a boring morning and a sticky afternoon today as I took a break from my studies! Let me explain…

The Bristol Channel has the second strongest tide in the world after the Bay of Fundy. Today was its strongest. As the tide comes in it pushes up the Severn River forming a bore (tidal wave) that pushes up the river some 120 miles. At places it can form a 20 foot wave that surges through the narrows. To go boring you catch the wave at one location and then drive quickly to catch it at its next viewing point.

My second and true cycling opportunity here in England. The first day at KBC I was asked if I wanted to cycle to the church holiday. Not having a bike I said yes and had to secure one. The one way journey there took 7 hours and 58 miles (92.8) through the Chew Valley, up onto the Mendip Hills, down through Cheddar Gorge and then on to Bridgewater across the Somerset levels. It was a sunny day to join the cycling crew (of which I was the novice not having exercised my cycling legs in a while). Sun and idealic north Somerset countryside and scenic lanes made for an enjoyable commute.

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A true English initiation cycling in the pouring rain on the return trip!

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My first cycling adventure in Bristol with Tim from KBC. Highlights: Clifton Suspension Bridge, Ashton Court and Blaise Castle trails. Lowlights: hills.

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4 Responses to Other Adventures and Activities

  1. Marlene says:

    I would love to have such a boring afternoon. Can almost smell the salty air.

  2. Marlene says:

    Do you know anything of the origins of the stone circle? Wonderful pictures, just like being there.

    • Not the actual origins. Local folklore has it that the stones we a wedding party. They were all dancing on a Saturday night to their fiddler. They were having so much fun that they asked him to play through the night and into the Sabbath. Being a Christian he refused. The devil instead came along and offered to play the fiddle for them. They happily accepted to their doom for as the Sabbath dawned, and they danced to Satan’s tune and not the Lord’s, they were all turned to stone.

  3. Marlene says:

    I wouldn’t enjoy seeing those stones if I thought that happened. I would rather think of the stones as being like the strong foundation we have in Christ and the circle a reminder of God and His love that has no beginning and no end.

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