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

23 Jun 17

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 cataloguing them all.

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There was then a brief stop where some of the group discovered another part of British life – ginger beer. The response was mixed!

We then set off to our next stop, Grasmere and Dove Cottage, the one-time home to William Wordsworth. Here we were shown around by Al, a very knowledgeable guide who showed us around the cottage. He certainly brought the items in the cottage to life, and helped us all of understand the life which William and his family lived there. The gardens at Dove Cottage were just as interesting, and you can see where the family got their literary inspiration from.

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The group then had free time in Grasmere. Most people (myself included) indulged in some of the local gingerbread – ginger seems to be a theme today! It was enjoyed by all. On our journey home, we had a surprise – Trevor, our driver, stopped at a wonderful viewpoint where we could see the whole of Lake Winderemere. Some of the group were arguing if they could send their photos to National Geographic!

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Thursday was our last excursion day. This morning (Friday), we boarded the coach for the last time, and set off on the 6 hour journey to Gilwell Park and the OB-PS meeting. It was a smooth journey and we made good time. Now the group are enjoying a campfire in Gilwell Park – the perfect end to our busy week!

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It has been a wonderful week of OB-PS friendship and discovery. I hope the group has enjoyed our adventures, which have certainly been memorable for us all! Hopefully their weekend at the meeting will be interesting and as fun as we have had.

In the words of that great Guiding song, ‘Go Well and Safely’.

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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

Blue Grotto

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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