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What a wonderful way to spend lunch-time...

What a wonderful way to spend a nice sunny lunch-time, imbibing fine ales at the Cambridge beer festival. A great selection of beer plus cider, perry and english wine.

A nice relaxed atmosphere surrounded by people from all walks of life - not just your card carrying Camra members.

A most satisfying way to spend lunch-time.

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Day 6 Highlands trip

Full day today, starting off with a drive to the north end of Lewis - appropriately named Butt of Lewis.  It is an outstanding place - lighthouse plonked on top of the cliff and you can walk for miles along the cliff tops which are not fenced off btw - no health and safety here.  The secluded beach pictured below is just one of the wonders in that area.  Perfect spot for an IVC bbq - just getting there from Cambridge is a challenge!

We then took a look round a 'black house' long house with peat fire burning on the floor in the middle.  Space for family and cattle - this is how the highlanders used to live.  Next stop neolithic Callanish stones, and then finally a drive to Harris to take a look at the newly established distilery there.  At the moment just selling gin and the whisky takes a good 10 years or so to mature.  

 

 

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Day 5 Highlands trip

Well we said goodbye to two more adventurers today.  That left two of us.  So, we started off with an early morning walk down to Neptune's Staircase in Fort Augustus to see a rather large boat squeeze through the lock gates.  Then we drove off to Ulapool - we had a nice lunch looking over the harbour, then hopped onto a ferry to Stornaway, Isle of Lewis.  We arrived at the hotel late and had to dash straight to the restaurant before it closed so all a bit rushed.  More tomorrow!  Check out the blue blue sky - we have been so lucky with the weather!

 

 

 

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Day 4 Highlands trip

Today three of our party returned to Cambridge.  Boo hoo!  However, those that remained crammed in some extra walking - Loch Killin, Dores, and afternoon tea.  One person (who will remain nameless) had to go to Inverness to get her mobile phone repaired (smashed screen).  However, whilst there saw some rather interesting tapas.....  All in all a very tiring day but nice cosy settee to crash on!

 

 

 

 

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Day 3 Highlands trip

Today we went to the Falls of Foyers.  Just a trickle of water today - sometimes it gushes down.  However, the scenary was amazing.  We walked down the gorge and continued along the track to the shores of Loch Ness and found the lifeboat station!  Also found a random campsite and had delicious icecream before walking all the way back up the gorge to find our car.  Great cardio exercise - very steep slopes!

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Day 2 Highlands trip

Another glorious day today after a rainy start. Heather and Penny did over 16k steps alongside the Caledonian Canal - then we practiced our night photography to caputre the magesty of Urquhart Castle.

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Day 1 Highlands trip

Well six of us have arrived safely in Fort Augustus, one more on their way today and then we will be a complete team!  The weather yesterday was glorious - and Loch Ness is looking majestic.  The sun going down on the hills makes for an atmospheric feel to the place.

 

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A chill out on a hot Bank Holiday in May

Wandering round the  National Gardens Scheme open gardens on Chaucer Road, in Cambridge, was a lovely way to chill out on a hot Bank Holiday.  The ice creams we bought at one of the gardens worked a treat for cooling us down.

One of the lovely gardens

Another of the gardens

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April Photo Assignment "Worms Eye View" - The Results

Aprils photo assignment Worms Eye View attracted a good crowd of 13 members and the entries didn't let them down. We did have one or two flying worms or worms with very long legs but in the main almost all entries embraced the technique of getting down low and shooting along or up for a change. An enjoyable challenge.

The initial round of voting was very close and a second round required to give a clear winner - but in the end Nicks One for the Road came out on top [sic].
The winning photo - One for the Road

Second place went to Tonys Climb up steps, reach the sky - a shot that would only have worked in Worms Eye View.

Second place photo - Climb up steps reach the Sky

New entrant Heather snapped up a joint third with her late evening in Hamstreet Woods and Little Egret landing

Joint third Late Evening Hamstreet woodsJoint third - Little Egret landing

Theme for May was selected by past winner Alan - Numbers - I'm looking forward to some creative shots!

Nick

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