Finding our way to the Ray Boxshall Orienteering event this weekend

Just two days ago, I got stuck somewhere in East London and used my phone and satnav simultaneously to find an alternative route which took me home via the North Circular, but what would I have done if I’d had no signal or no sat nav? I even managed to find an old magazine under the seat where the atlas used to be. In an age where we rely on technology for finding our way anywhere, the Ray Boxshall Orienteering event caught my eye and we very nearly signed up. Unfortunately, I have offered to lend a hand elsewhere (if I can navigate myself to it), so we’ll miss it, but how much fun would it be to run through the woods, relying on a compass and deciphering clues for directions?


All you need is a team of no more than six adults, as many children as you want and a clipboard!

The event takes place annually on the first Sunday in October and guides participants on beautiful scenic routes around Kintbury. Sadly Ray is no longer with us, but his event still raises money every year for local good causes. This year, it’s the Air Ambulance and 1st Inkpen & Kintbury Scout group.

See you there next year I hope!

Lost in translation..and European Day of Languages

As a young language student in France whose year abroad coincided with the peak of Friends, I used to watch episode after episode in French, protesting that it was good for my language schools.


This theory of mine popped into my head when little man asked me if he could watch his Shaun the Sheep DVD and I spent ages trying to find the menu and languages options. I later remarked to OH that I couldn’t find anyway to change the language. He very patiently explained it was because the film is in “sheep”, not English.  Of course, he didn’t laugh at my stupidity at all……

The European Day of Languages is tomorrow and it aims to encourage language learning across Europe; for us here in Newbury, there’s a local event at The Vici Language Academy to mark this from 5pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday, 30th September. It costs £5 and will be a multicultural workshop which will be a cultural insight with games, but I am hoping it will kickstart a bit of interest in learning a language.  If not, there’s always Friends…..


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I’ve previously been blogging about the adventures of my 3-year-old, but have now moved to this shiny site and am about to start getting rid of the woodchip and picking out some new furniture!

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