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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle June 8th 2014

The drugs seem to be working for Mel today and she is feeling more mobile. The doctor’s orders were to walk as much as possible to try to alleviate the inflammation. With that in mind, we set out for a local parkland, Watchtree nature reserve. An old WW2 airfield, it has been turned into a wetland reserve with thousands of birds and other animals making it their home. It has more recently become a small wind farm too with a half-dozen huge turbines, blades whistling around in the stiff breeze. The reserve is a really great little place where you can hire bikes, catch tadpoles, feed the birds or do a bit of birdwatching from a couple of hides beside the main lakes. Em tried three different bikes (the bloke even dug out some training wheels ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle June 7th 2014

After the lovely day yesterday, it was a miserable rainy day today. Our hosts told us there is no bad weather around here, only inappropriate clothing! As Mel was in excruciating pain last night and today, we went to the hospital – twice. The first time they had a bit of a look and told us it was an inflamed disc and should settle down on its own. They gave Mel some pain killers and set us free. After about 4 hours it was getting worse and her leg was going numb so we went back again. They had a better look this time but with the same verdict. Some more pain killers and a range of other drugs had the nurses joking about Mel rattling while she walked with so many pills! It seemed to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle June 6th 2014

Mel is struggling with a sore back and today it seems to have really begun to play up. We made an appointment for this afternoon with a physiotherapist and although she was very sore, she did not want to pass up the amazing weather we had today. Our hosts had recommended Buttermere to visit in the lake district instead of Windemere so we packed a lunch and headed off. Winding our way through narrow roads between the hedgerows and tiny villages, we managed to dodge the oncoming traffic and arrived in Buttermere. I can see why the lake district is renowned for walking as, with the sun shining, it is simply beautiful. We wandered through the town and along one of the walking tails to the lake edge where we skipped stones across the water breaking ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle June 4th 2014

Packing up and saying our goodbyes to Paul & Sharon, we went to meet Nicola and Alice at their playgroup to join in. Em had fun drawing and playing with the other kids. Then we moved on to Carlisle, our base for the next few days to explore the Lake District, land of fels, tarns and Beatrix Potter. We found the apartment which is a converted barn beside an old windmill. The owners welcomed us with a wonderful lunch and chocolate and raspberry cake and even a present for Em – a colouring book and magic pens which she immediately set to work on. Apparently the local fish and chip shop is a bit of an award winner so we tried it out – not bad but I think award winning might be stretching a bit! ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle August 6th 2013

Friday 2nd August Another excellent full English breakfast at Quarryside B&B in Banks at 8am and I was back on the walk at 9am. The weather was quite dull to start with but after about an hour it brightened up considerably and required a stop to find my sun hat and apply sun cream. On every other morning so far I had creamed-up before setting off as most days started warm and sunny. There is a very short stretch of wall just as you leave Banks but that was the last I was to see of Hadrian's Wall for the rest of the walk. The vallum and the spoil mounds were still visible in places but the middle third of the walk really does contain all the wall remains. These last two days were also very ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 22nd 2012

Less than two weeks to go now and still a few things to finalise. Our final team meal last week gave us a chance to have a last catch up before Christmas and New Year. Talk so far has focussed on our vocational days, what to pack, how the presentation is looking and our nerves about leaving our normal lives behind for a whole month! Meeting up regularly has given us all the opportunity to get to know each other. We have also been sending lots of texts and e-mails amongst ourselves as we become friendlier. The group dynamics are changing all of the times and I’m sure that they will continue to do so as we spend more time together and learn more about each other. Some of us have e-mailed our hosts and had ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 21st 2012

I have just received the details of my vocational visits and am looking forward to the following programme: · Udupi: Yoga centre at KMC hospital. · Mangalore: Srinivas Hospital and AJ Hospital, both of which are attached to medical colleges. · Mysore: Vikram Hospital and an Ayurveda Spa. · Hassan: Jayashree Nursing Home (a smaller hospital) and the district Government Hospital. · Shimogga: District medical office at the McGann Hospital Thank you to District 3180 for arranging all of this for me. Diane... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 11th 2012

For somebody who has four jobs, this is a rather difficult question to answer! An even more challenging task is trying to accommodate the different vocational goals of four people within an itinerary packed full of cultural visits; Rotary projects, meetings and presentations; travelling; and time spent with host families. We were therefore very excited to receive the details of our vocational visits yesterday. A great amount of effort has been made to arrange the visits, which include a yoga centre and ayurvedic spa for me; a farm and an agricultural college for Emily; a hotel and a bakery for Nicola; and a newspaper office and a PR department for Tracy. A few queries have been raised about some of the visits and the prompt and positive responses are much appreciated. I look forward to receiving ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 7th 2012

Angie kindly drew up a packing list for us all several weeks ago. With less than four weeks to go now, I feel it is time to make a start on this. It always amazes me when I see how little some people manage to travel with. I would really like to achieve this one day. I am sure that if I laid out everything I would like to take with me, there would not be enough room for it all. Also, there definitely would not be any room for all those friends and Rotarians who have told me they want to come too! Perhaps a magic potion to reduce everything in size for packing, and to return them to their original state in India, will do the trick?! A few days ago, somebody said I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle November 28th 2012

Our first blog post! Just five weeks now until we head to India for our trip so I thought I would post a first blog entry to get us started! Most of you will know that we are taking part in the Group Study Exchange (GSE) through Rotary International. We have been lucky enough to be chosen to visit Karnataka in South West India to learn more about our vocations and the good work of Rotary International. Some quick introductions: Angie Biggs (Kendal) – Team Leader and retired English Teacher Nicola Howarth (Kendal South Westmorland) – Senior Chef De Partie Diane Livingstone (Carlisle Castle) – Information Analyst Emily Maclean (Kendal) – Training Project Coordinator Tracy Calvert (Carlisle South) – Communications Officer Lots of planning and preparation work has been going on behind the scenes to make ... read more




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