As a teenager back in the late eighties I used to paddle with Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club. I remember learning how to paddle forward in a straight line, capsize drill, deep water rescue, self rescue, use support strokes and all the other skills a budding paddler needs to know.Read more "Abingdon Weir: A personal history"
Another year has passed and that means it Blastathon time again! Once again Dave managed to arrange things so that there was enough water in the Thames to provide primo blasting levels at Abingdon Weir. With a record turn out this year the event ran like a well oiled machine. There were around forty competitors, many […]Read more "Blastathon"
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than pottering along the river until a reaching a rather nice riverside pub? No a lot really, unfortunately I wasn’t able to partake in said activity. A lingering throat infection and doctors order kept me out of my boat and on the bank. On the plus side I […]Read more "(not) Paddling to a Pub"
This weekend I tested out one of the routes from Peter Knowles new book ‘Pub Paddles – The Best Short Canoe Trips in the South of England‘ which Amazon describes as: This is an inspiring, high quality guidebook for the South East of England. It is written for the recreational, non-specialist paddler and the trips […]Read more "Pub Paddles"
It’s been an extremely busy weekend. Friday evening was spent playing Aunt Sally with Kingfisher Canoe Club which, due to a late decision to visit some friends in Oxford first, involved a 30 mile cycle ride. An early morning rise on Saturday meant I was in Dorset to help Heather celebrate her birthday (not that she knew we were […]Read more "A very busy weekend"
Last weekend was the annual KCC Blastathon. We had a record number of entries this year with two minibuses of contestants from the Riverside Centre coming along to join the members of Kingfisher Canoe Club and Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club. The weather decided to provide us with sun and rain earlier in the week ensured that Abingdon weir […]Read more "Blastathon"
This weekend was the second annual Abingdon Watersports Day. Along with a large number of other KCC members I spent most of Saturday helping the residents of Abingdon have a go at kayaking. More about this can be found on the Kingfisher Canoe Club website: HERERead more "Abingdon Watersports Day"
I’m back on the Internet at last. I moved out of the city and into the countryside nine days ago. Well actually I’ve only gone about four miles down the road, but it’s outside the Oxford ring road and there are no streetlights here so its definitely rural in my book.
Above is a picture of the Radcliffe Camera in the centre of Oxford. A place that there isn’t a bus going to every ten minutes from just outside my front door anymore. I can hear cows in the nearby fields from my garden though.
And so far no sirens, helicopters or car alarms have woken me up at night. I’m liking it.Read more "Back"