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Monthly Archives: September 2008

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i haven’t mentioned my military poncho for a while, but it’s still an essential part of my wet weather wardrobe.

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for example, here’s a picture (taken by jane’s mum) of jane and i eating our picnic in the rain on an island in wales

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and here we are slightly before a horrendous rain storm turned up on a boat.  everyone laughed at me in my poncho, but i had my camera bag on my knee hence the strange look.

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when the rain storm came everyone got absolutely soaked, but i stayed dry (except my backside which got a soaking from the seat).  i got asked a number of times during the day where i’d got my poncho from as the once scoffers had become converts.

so there you are folks.  a military poncho update.  shown here is my lightweight model, ideal for summer showers.  the real heavy duty one is reserved for guaranteed rainy days.

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it was back to the thames path yesterday for the latest thrilling instalment of our Thames Path walk.  we did quite a long stretch which involved some steepish hill climbs for once.

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there were some amazing riverside buildings, many with strange features like this airborne conservatory

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there were also a lot more trains in the background as one of the UK’s main train lines goes whizzing parallel with the thames for a bit

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at one point we climbed up a steep hill to find a geocache and had our picnic looking at this amazing view

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BR and Mike joined the regulars of our family and jane’s parents

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the weather was quite amazing, and with the trees still in leaf we kept getting these fantastic windows through to the river

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i think this was the view from whitchurch toll bridge

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and here’s most of the team (except esther and me)

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there was plenty of passing boat traffic for amusement too

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and although we didn’t end at a pub this time, we did have an icecream at the lock shop


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so, can there really only be 78.5 miles to go to the end ?

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the next bit of the path leaves the river for a bit and does a fair stretch on the road i think which is a bit of a shame.

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so there you go.

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