Olave Baden-Powell Society Tour – Days 4 and 5: In the footsteps of giants

23 Jun 17

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It has been a busy few days on the OB-PS tour! Here is what’s happened…

Yesterday, Thursday 22nd June, we went on the hunt for two of Britain’s greatest writers. Firstly, we went to Hill Top, the home which Beatrix Potter purchased for herself in 1905, using the money from the sales of Peter Rabbit. Set in the idyllic village of Near Sawley, the house was a shrine to her life and work. For some of the OB-PS members, it was a chance to relive the stories which they, their children and grandchildren have read. For others, it was introduction to this major part of many British people’s childhoods. We also saw her kitchen garden, full of fruit and veg. A special treat was watching the conservationists who were working on Beatrix’s books, as well as cataloging them all.

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Olave Baden-Powell Society – Day 3: Trains and Boats and…. Fish?

21 Jun 17

The morning started in that typical British way – yes, there was an English breakfast but also a thunder storm and a downpour of rain! Luckily many people weren’t up at that time, but it has certainly cooled everything down here in the Lake District. Still, we carried on undeterred and set off for the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, to start the Lakeside Spectacular.

This was our first stop for the day, and the steam train even gave us a blast on the way through.

Victor our train

Victor our train

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Olave Baden-Powell Society Tour – Day 2: England at its best!

20 Jun 17

Today dawned bright and sunny as the OB-PS members head off for the Lake District. First stop was of course Guiding related – Waddow Hall, one of the three Girlguiding Training Centres in the UK.

The World Flag flies over Waddow for our arrival.

The World Flag flies over Waddow for our arrival.

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Olave Baden-Powell Society

19 Jun 17

Hi everyone from sunny Manchester!

At the end of this week, members of the Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS) are gathering in Gilwell for their Annual Meeting. Before then however, some of the members are doing a tour of the Lake District. I’m lucky enough to be joining them as a courier so I’m really excited!

Our hotel for tonight is the IBIS Styles in Manchester. The theme of the hotel is different weather, and many of the members have been lucky enough to be assigned the ‘sunny’ rooms. My room has a theme of rain (they must know I’m British) but it’s fine, as I only have to step outside for sunshine today!

Right now, some people are out on the open-top bus of Manchester. Tomorrow we’re heading off to the Lake District, with Waddow House, our first Guiding-related stop. Keep an eye on the blog to see what we are getting up to!

Final thoughts on Malta

3 Oct 16

Today we bid farewell to the Maltese sunshine and make our way back home to the various parts of the UK. We have already said goodbye to our new South African friends, who are off on a harbour cruise around the island, before spending a few more days in Sliema.

Before we leave, some of the ladies shared their final thoughts on the trip with me…

“Fun and friendship in the Maltese sunshine.” – Margaret F

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Trefoil Guild let loose in Malta!

2 Oct 16

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We are nearly at the end of our Maltese adventure, but not before the members of the Trefoil Guild had the opportunity to explore the island by themselves. Yesterday, they all had a day at leisure – though as Margaret B said, if that’s a day at leisure, she would hate to think what a full day would be! Here’s a round up of what they did:

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