A Long Time with a Longbow!

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Friday is with us again and that means it’s our weekly lessons, courtesy of Kettering Archers!

For me this time, there was a deliberate change of equipment! After spending last week and the week before dabbling with the Longbow, tonight, I decided to spend the whole evening with this more authentic Bow. Remember, it has no arrow-guide, no sights – so it’s just sheer strength, and a bit of luck and judgement, attempting to send it to the target – I must have looked like an extra from a familiar Cider advert and perhaps I’d have had more success aiming at CANS as I was NOT on form at all tonight!!! πŸ˜²πŸ‘

Whilst Ann continued to refine her technique with her Practice Bow, I was introduced to the Longbow Group – and I spent the rest of the evening with them! A very nice group of chaps, offering what Kettering Archers do best: plenty of guidance – both literally and figuratively. With these ‘merrie men’ I immediately sensed an extra element of fun, as I spotted that many of them had a small beer tankard attached to their waistband. When I asked the inevitable question, I was told that after practice, it was for ‘the Mead’ (well, obviously!) πŸ˜‰ Wow! I’m going to like it here!!! They also carry the highly decorated pink arrow – awarded to the Archer who ‘screws-up’ their shots in the most imaginative way! 😁😁😁😁😁 At last, I’m an instant winner!

Slightly disappointingly, my current Longbow, compared to theirs, only had the poundage to send my arrows half the required distance. So, roll-on next week, when I’m dispensing with my 30-pounder and ‘trading-up’ to something much heavier. I’m learning that this fun hobby is also giving me a good upper-body work-out…

…and that’s not just trying to get the top off the bottle of Mead!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Charging towards Uppingham!

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It was a welcome return to one of our favourite towns today – Uppingham. Being a Friday, it’s Market Day too, so there was even more to enjoy! Last time were here was back in February 2018 – and that was Market Day too!

…and me being me, it wouldn’t be a normal day without squeezing a bit of tech into the experience! So, we took Robert for a spin, with a plan to try out Uppingham’s one-and-only EV Charging Point, with its two ‘Type 2, 7kW’ charging bays – all courtesy of the mighty Polar Network. Somewhat weird then, that a town so small would have any charging points at all, especially as the device is located in the town’s equally small public car-park.

Recent chatter on Zap-Map suggested that the chances of finding the point available were very slim – all down to a combination of it being the only one, as well as a bit of hogging on multiple occasions by a PHEV owner, who parked his in the EV space and didn’t bother to charge it for three hours!

However, we were in luck today, no sign of any VW ‘ICEing’ (explanation HERE) as both charging bays were empty. We were soon plugged-in – and getting juiced! This one’s not free though, and we spent a whole Β£2.81 topping-up! 😲😁 (Actually, at 35.4p/kWh, it’s on the dear side, compared with other charging points we’ve experienced).

Breakfast, Uppingham Style!

Pit-stop for us humans was for breakfast, courtesy of Don Paddy’s Brasserie. Although the whole experience was a bit lack-lustre, it went down very well, simply because this was our very first meal of the day – and it was already past 10am! 😲😁

Next, we picked up some flowers and veg in the Market and went on the search for a suitable ornament for the Bathroom window-sill. On the plus-side, we saw some pieces that confirmed that we knew what we wanted, but on the down-side, nothing really jumped out at us! Oh well, onwards and upwards, and I’m sure we’re find something before too long!

Back to Robert, who by now had received just over an hour’s charge gaining around 30 miles range. We headed home by way of a short diversion to nearby Weekley

St Mary the Virgin in Weekley

…and our diversion was well-worth it. In spite of this Church being on our doorstep for over 20 years, we’ve never looked round it! The nearest we ever got, was looking in the Almshouse next door, a few years back.

Well worth it – especially the tombs! A day of charging and churching – with breakfast too! For me, a great day out!! πŸ‘πŸ˜