Monday, 10 September 2012

Punting Prowess

`Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,'  Ratty, Wind in the Willows, K Graham
Gorgeous sunshine; a perfect day for "messing about in boats" and learning how to punt. We arrived early at Scudamores Boat Yard and collected our punt, choosing an aluminium pole for its relative lightness in comparison to the more traditional wooden one.  A quick lesson from the lovely Scudamore staff and in order to maintain my dignity,  I got my more punting savy hubby to steer us out of the yard so I could take my first few strokes in a more open bit of water.

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 A shakey start, where I punted from inside the footwell as I found standing on the till (the deck at the back of the boat) in the middle of a river a bit scary. Once I got the hang of managing the pole, I gathered the confidence to do it properly and stood on the till, punting for over an hour down the river towards Granchester.   Hubby didn't take up the opportunity of bridge hopping, but did kindly take over the punting once my arms started to ache, so I could chat to my favourite travel companions for the rest of the journey up the river.

My favourite travel companions..
We stopped for a picnic on Granchester Meadow, enjoying sunshine and reminicense whilst the kids scrambled in and out of the punt gathering fresh nettle stings each time for their efforts.

The river was much busier for our return journey, with lots of canoes, kayaks and other punts on the water however despite a few moments of dodgy steering on my part, we didn't have any major bumps!


Fabulous day on a level with our wildfowl peers as we tracked the sedentary pace of the Cam, whilst being buzzed by dragonflies.

Thank you to all of those who have supported my challenge so far with your kind words and generous donations.


Thank you also to Scudamores who supported this challenge by providing a free punt for the day and a few coins in my collection pot. 



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Monday, 3 September 2012

Challenge 2: Punting for beginners

Punting is a leisure activity so strongly associated with Cambridge that my not having ever stepped foot on a punt before has made it a compulsory second challenge choice. I'm thinking elegant, romantic...  

So, in my head this is shaping up to be an idylic, wind in the willows minus the talking animals experience where we will meander the river from Cambridge down to Granchester. Husband may even read poetry!

Back to reality.... on Sunday 9th September I will be having a go at punting on the River Cam between the Mill Pond and Granchester. This challenge is taking place with thanks to the fabulous Scudamores, a local punt comapny, who have generously given me a punt for the day.

I'm comfortable with the certain knowledge that I will both look like a tourist and get very wet  Wish me luck...

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I'm doing this to help raise funds for these two fantastic charities:

To make a donation to the Papworth Hospital Charity please visit my justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Angie4papworth

To make a donation to The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association, please visit my justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Angie-Ridley

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