If Ros Go Run is not for you
Then we have something else to do
A gentle walk with clues to find
An easy test for eyes and mind
Give it a lash, you’re on a roll
The Ros Go Rummage easy stroll.
With the hugely clever and artistic ode above (cough), we introduced our newest project to the world. Well, our latest little bit of it, anyway. Friends of the Blog will know that we get involved each year, in the village's annual Half Marathon and 10 km runs, under the banner "Ros go Run". We join the roadside support, cheering the lonely runners on, man a watering-station and have painted a big bed-sheet sized encouraging sign which says "Downhill from here". Liz gets heavily involved in the admin, planning, publicity, links to sponsors and organising on the day. All good so far.
|Buggy-rider Archie Naughten and his support team snatch a |
quick "selfie" outside our gate.
This year the committee liked the idea of doing something for the kids and non-running family who, having delivered their runners to the start at the local sports ground are left with little to do for the 2 hours+ it takes most of them to get round the half Marathon. They came up with an easy, child-friendly Treasure hunt or "rummage race" where they "runners" would have to progress round an easy loop of roads armed with a sheet of 10 clues in rhyming couplets, spotting signs or toys and things we had tied to the hedge or gateposts.
|Cousin Cathy gets cookery tips.|
The purple 'angry monster' pictured, for example, we tied to a tree which the farmer (presumably as part of his 'GLAS' (subsidies for greening / ecological stuff) efforts) had mounted three bat-boxes. Our clue was...
"An ash tree here has boxes three,
for bats to roost (and have some tea),
A scary monster guards the nest,
How would you describe him best?"
Not that hard then.... all the kids had versions of "angry purple monster" on their answer sheets. They all got lollipops as a prize. We were amused to find that some competitive parents entered with their kids and took over, wanting to run round and dragging the kids, who could barely keep up, round in their wake.
|Cathy experiments with flavourings in soft |
goat's cheese, mustard, garlic and chives,
|Roast pork rack-of-chops and a nifty savoury flan|
|Latest book by my |
|Happy 6 month Birthday, Empress and |
Pride! Enjoy your Guinness.
|No, I didn't steal any of their Guinness!|
|Pigs at 6 months. Empress on left, Pride on right.|
|Breaking up the curds from the latest batch of goat cheese.|
|Confused Muscari. Why are these grape hyacinths leppin' into|
action in September?
|The two male turkeys explore the spud-patch in the tunnel.|
|Interesting yellow fungi growing in a dead hawthorn.|