Olly Writes

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Jim Carrey and the Guardians

By now, I’m sure most people will have already seen Guardians of the Galaxy. If no then, you’re surely well aware of the film from 2014 and its rather stark popularity. But my second title from the previous pair of LoveFilm DVD rentals is one you may not have heard of, despite being over a decade old… It stars Jim Carrey and so, it seemed like it was worth a punt.

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Base Cabinet Repair

I have a lot more to share with you from my weekend in Exmoor but for the next couple of days, I’d like to steer away from that to catch up with a few other goings-on in my home.

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Quite recently, I spent a few hours one afternoon attempting to repair the base cabinet in my kitchen, which was sagging by the best part of an inch! You can see, at the back of this photo, where the base has dropped away from the thin back panel.

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Westermill Farm

As mentioned in my previous post; Westermill Farm was the campsite I chosen to stay at during the Perambulation Weekend down in Exmoor, Somerset. It was also the weekend of the summer solstice and, in anticipation of the fact that many others might be looking to get-away for the occasion, I asked about the necessity of booking in advance of my arrival… To which I was told the same as when I enquired around August last year; that booking wasn’t essential and that I could simply turn up, pay my fees and camp (provided that I didn’t arrive in the middle of the night).

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My First Night on Exmoor

Friday 19th June 2015

I arrived at Westermill Farm at about 17.30. It had taken me almost two-hours to get there from home and but for a series of cleaning tasks and last-minute packing, I’d have like to have been there a little earlier, following a half-day at work. In fear of what the southbound traffic could be like on a sunny Friday afternoon, I took the A38 south as far as Bridgwater (J23), by which time I could glance over the railings to see the M5 was running quite smoothly.

It was then that I joined the motorway as far as Junction 25, before following A-roads and B-roads past the Brendon Hills and in to the heart of Exmoor.

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Exmoor Perambulation 2015

Saturday 20th June 2015

I’ve just spent the weekend camping down in Exmoor. There will be more on the camp site and the other things I got up to in future posts. Here, I’d like to focus on the Exmoor Perambulation – my main reason to head south over the weekend.

As far as long-distance walking challenges go, this one is around about average, at thirty-one miles for the full course. However, the route follows the historic boundary of Exmoor National Forest – which dates back over seven-hundred years from today… As you can imagine; the landscape has changed dramatically since then, with trees having been torn down to make way for farming, agriculture and the odd road.

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Return to Cleeve Hill

Sunday 7th June 2015

My only previous visit to Cleeve Hill, the highest point on the Cotswolds, was in February 2013. That was on a group walk led by someone else; an experience that no-one of us will ever forget… Titled ‘The Spooky Walk’ and intended to finish at around 18.00 (in winter time,remember); the fact that this hike began in Prestbury, one of the UK’s most-haunted villages, was by far one of the least frightening elements of this day.

We left Bristol at 10am, by which time it was already raining and even when the weather did change later in the day, we were soon praying for shelter from the hail, sleet and even snow that followed as night dry nearer! We got lost in the darkness and it wasn’t until 21.00 that we reached a pub in Winchcombe, from which we were able to arrange a taxi to take the drivers (I was one of them) back to the cars so that we could then return to collect the others.

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Wet Mendip Way

Sunday 31st May 2015

It’s now been two-weeks since I completed my second Mendip Challenge, the full thirty-miles of the West Mendip Way and it’s safe to say that my legs have fully recovered.

My aim for this year was simply to complete the same distance, albeit with a little more confidence and less loss of direction along the way. I’d have been happy to have shaved fifteen-minutes from last year’s time. As our two coaches left Uphill for the centre of Wells and a 7.45am start, the grey skies were there to suggest that this wouldn’t be the best day for rushing about.

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Prior’s Wood Walk

Thursday 28th May 2015

It was two-weeks ago to this day. This very evening, I headed out for a rare post-work walk in the hopes of capturing many bluebells with my camera, with summer looming only a matter of days ahead.

Prior’s Wood in Portbury, North Somerset, is regarded as one of the best sites in the country to spot carpets of bluebell flowers in the heights of the spring season. Two-years ago, I first embarked on this walk under the leadership of the Ramblers. This time, it was only me.

I just had to hope that I wasn’t going to arrive too late.

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