Apologies 

Just wanted to say sorry to all readers for being a bit slow on posts.

Works been pretty full on and I’m part of a team of volunteers setting one of the nfas national 3D championships in May. Whilst it’s great to put something back into the hobby it’s a lot of work if you want to do it as best as you can or want to.  So weekends are a bit busy, which doesn’t leave much time for writing or sleeping. 

I hope to get back to writing more soon  as I have a shoot report from south wilts blue bells shoot to finish.

Thanks for reading. 

Archery club targeted by thefts 

I have some sad news for the archery community in the UK. 

Magna Carta hosted its April Open last weekend and had some 3Ds stolen.

From what I understand most of the 3D’s where brand new for that shoot so keep an eye out for any slightly used 3D’s.

10 targets in total.

Small croc, bear on all fours, badger, howling coyote, raccoon,running javelina, small hedgehog and a grazing dappled deer.

Each one had a number in black marker on base. 28,29,30,35,36,37,2,4 and 27 respectively. The bear was 36.

This was one of them Imago sitting bear and is pretty unusual. 

Here’s hoping the thieves are caught and 3Ds recovered. Please keep an eye out for the items. Also check the security at your own clubs too.
Thanks for reading.

snow, snow, and some more snow

This has nothing to do with archery and simply a series of pictures of my walk home on Friday. The UK doesn’t get snow that often and in turn often suffers from not always being prepared.

The weather forecast had been predicting snow for a few days but it still caused problems. Despite this many of us managed to get to work. Having said that I did head in prepared with my winter walking gear (walking boots, lined trousers, hot drinks etc)

The first picture is taken at the train station at about 7:30 am when I had walked there from the house, not too bad yet.

taken on way to work

taken on way to work

8:30 am and here are the next photos taken from my office window, it had only just started to fall any amount

8-30 am

by 9:40 Birmingham was seeing heavy snow fall

9-30 am, note the snow on cars

View from office at 9:30 am, note the snow on cars

 At 1 pm an email went out saying managers could allow staff to go home early due to weather. My next train was at  2 pm so I headed to the train station, and this was where these were taken.

university station from walkway

university station from walkway

university station from platform

university station from platform

Unfortunately because the previous train had been cancelled when the 2 pm train arrived (late) it was already packed and no-one could get on. Option left was to wait for the 3 pm train or catch a different train and have about a 3.5-4 mile walk home via country lanes.

Me being me I chose to walk and in some ways so glad I did. Okay so walking 4 miles in snow might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but to put it simply I love cold weather. It also gave me an opportunity for a country walk and this is where these photos were taken.

Starting walk home

Starting walk home

snowy train

snowy tree

snowy lane

snowy lane

snowy field

snowy field

And finally got home. Have had about 4-5 inches (10-12 cms) of snow since 7:30 am

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Just like to say a big thanks to all the workers and volunteers who have kept UK going, whether it be rail service, gritting roads, meals on wheels or emergency services, thanks.

Hope you like them and for those of you out in the cold, keep safe and stay warm, thanks for reading.