Hobbit house and pancake races
Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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Biff and Jean have a vast knowledge of environmental issues and we've been delighted to learn from them. "Peak oil" and "transition town" were phrases we weren't particularly familiar with. Simply put, the amount of oil we are using exceeds the amount we are discovering and we are discovering less and less. So we have already reached "peak oil" and oil prices will escalate as demand outstrips supply and capacity to supply. Transition towns are sensible responses to peak oil, climate change and economic contraction with sustainable local solutions like local food production, more allotments - some shared, community bicycles to reduce car use, local
Laura also attended a WI meeting and was a bit embarrassed as she didn't know the words to Jerusalem which they do sing!
I went lindy hopping instead with Jodie, our hosts' daughter, and learned the charleston with lots of men. And I continued my physical activities by joining the pancake day races at North Somercotes - they're famous - they're in wikipedia! Jodie said "It's only 50 yards, toss the pancake a couple of times and a quick dash.". So I was keen to do my first ever race with a frying pan. Only it wasn't 50 yards, it was a long way. At least 100 yards maybe even 150 yards and as uphill as the flat Lincolnshire marsh can provide. And due to the wind, there was no tossing involved. So no one was disqualified which, quite frankly, was my hope to win. I was thoroughly beaten by a professional footballer who is about 8 feet tall and all legs (he was super fast) and second place went to a (physically) fit fireman. It was a close battle for third place, but the bloke went over the line 3 paces ahead of me. I beat all the women and a couple of men, but no prize for fourth place. There was money up for grabs too. I so should have tripped them up on the start line!
We've had a great time, shame the weather hasn't been too warm and we're still wearing every item of work clothing - two jumpers at least, two t-shirts plus thermals
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