I went geohashing with Ryan and Charlie today at a place called Lawson Clump in Sandford not far from Poole.
I arrived at the entrance to Lawson Clump at around 2pm. Gathered the kids and their lunches and headed off into the forest. Eventually found the hash point after around 15 minutes of walking and took some photos with the kids.
There was a cool “den” just across from the hash point that someone has made from parts of trees that has been cut down. As the hash point was in in a dense part of the forest and no easy markings could be left, we grabbed a stick and etched “XKCD” into the soft mud path way to let people know we had been there.
On the way back we stopped at Moors Valley Park so the kids could play for about an hour before heading home. I think they really enjoyed themselves.
Have a gander at some of the photos I took when out geohashing with the kids.
Ever since I went with Ryan’s playgroup back in 2008 I have wanted to go back there so much. Now we have a car we decided to purchase an annual pass so we can finally go there as often as we want.
The first time we went there I didn’t take my camera on purpose, so we could enjoy our surroundings and not worry about trying to get photos. This time however, I decided that I would take my camera, but try to be as less intrusive as possible and see what happens. I got some nice photos of the kids.
I wanted to get some nice photos of the sunset down at St. Catherine’s hill. Unfortunately I was gifted with clouds which ruined the shot I wanted. Never the less, I got some photos of Ryan and I managed to get one decent shot of the sun shining behind the clouds as it set.
We arranged to go with Kate’s mum and step dad to go to West Wittering beach for the day. I was a bit dubious at first, but once we got there I was completely sold. Upon arrival we were asked for the £7.50 entrance / parking fee for the day.
After finding a place to park, we wondered on over to the beach front and were greeted with a sight of golden sand which was lovely and clean. We picked our spot and set up camp!
I got a few photos before we left, which you can gander at below.
Today the olympic torch relay is coming through Winchester and I intended to be there to get some photos of the event as it all unfolds. We positioned ourselves outside Winchester Guildhall and waited, and waited, and waited!
We got there at 9.30am. The torch didn’t arrive until 1.34pm. That’s 4 hours of waiting we did! During our waiting time, there were many things going on. Several bands, acts etc. I only managed to capture a few of them as I was too busy enjoying the events!
Eventually when the torch came through, I got some photos of the lady who was carrying it. Check them out below.
It’s been almost four weeks since I passed my driving test and all seems to be going great. So far I have put over 1750 miles on the clock, 800 of which I had done before I passed.
I’ve experienced the long motorway trips several times now, which I do not like! As I have such a small car, I constantly find myself being blown from one side of the lane to the other, so now when I go on the motorway I tend to piss people off and stay between 55 and 60 mph. At this speed, the car is much more manageable.
Going to my mums in Kent was alright. We stopped half way on the M25, junction 8, which took us into Reigate. Lovely place. We stopped for about an hour and had what was essentially lunch at 9am as we were all up at 5am and didn’t have any breakfast before we left.
At present I put £25 worth of petrol in per week. The good thing is, I’m getting almost 200 miles of city driving out of that and I’m still left with some for the following week. I have calculated that even if prices go up to as much as 160p per litre, we should get be able to do the exact same mileage with only an increase of £5 per week.
I have noticed that I tend to have a heavy foot while driving and dump the clutch a lot when changing gear. I am told that this is not good for the car, so over the past week, I have took it upon myself and have been learning how to drive with a much lighter touch and have a much lower rpm. Although this is the way I learnt how to drive to pass my test, I find it very different in my own car, so a change is definitely needed to keep the car in tip top condition.
24th June 2003 a little girl was born, and on 24th June 2012 that little girl was 9 years old. Marie is Katie’s niece, and here are a few photos of that day.
We went for a walk down Farley Mount for the afternoon to go and explore. Of course, I took my camera and got some really good photos of the kids having fun!
I took Ryan down to St. Catherine’s Hill on the 26th June for a short photo walk. Here are the captured moments from that day.