Lichfield Hash

Yesterday we travelled  to the cathedral city of Lichfield to take part in a Birmingham Hash House Harriers event.

LichfieldHWe arrived late and had to find a parking space, buying a parking ticket proved a challenge. We found the venue, fortunately the hashers were still drinking.

 

 

LichfieldH2We eventually circled up and theLichfield1H hare “Festering Gash” described the symbols used on the trail.
Lichfield3HWalkers and runners set off through the city centre, watched by rather bemused Saturday shoppers.

 

LichfieldH6We soon lost the runners, except “Marvin” in the LichfieldH5red T-shirt. he lost the runners too. We wandered past busy shops and cafes.

 

LichfieldH7As we walked up towards the Cathedral Close there was
a pool on the left.

 

 

LichfieldH9The Cathedral overlooks beautiful English countryside.LichfieldH10

 

 

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TheLichfieldH13 front was very impressive and close to the house where Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin’s Grandfather had lived.

 

LichfieldH14We then walked on into a park, close to the registry office, newly married couples taking photo opportunities amongst the beautiful flowers and attractive surroundings.

 

Families were enjoying the fine weather.LichfieldH16

 

 

 

Finally we headed to the pub for a refreshing drink, we enjoyed a tour of LichfieldH17Lichfield, we sadly had to leave before the down downs and the pleasures of toasting marshmallows on a fire pit, our time had ran out in the carpark.

 

 

Northfield Hash

northfield9300515After moving to the Birmingham area nearly 6 months ago we have at last met up with the Birmingham Hash House Harriers (BH3). We met at the Great Stone pub Northfield, this was about a half an hour drive for us. We circled up eventually, Shergar the hare explained the northfield8300515route was marked in flour, he even quickly demonstrated one of the trail markers.

We set off  by the Church

 

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Soon we were passing through one of five parks on the course. Although we walked, there were those keen to go faster.northfield6300515

 

 

 

 

 

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We went through housing estates and crossed busy roads, the green areas were extremely pretty.northfield4300515

All the areas were unknown to us.

 

 

 

 

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We kept up with the runners quite a long time until the walkers were given a short cut!

Among the green areas there was northfield2300515even a pond,

 

 

 

 

 

 

northfield1300515I took this image to show that even amongst the houses there were still views of green areas.

 

 

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After about an hour and a half we got back to the pub, we had walked about 3 miles.downdown33052015

 

 

 

 

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We had to wait for the runners and after some conferring we circled up for the down downs and or misdemeanours.downdown23052015

Great to be back!

 

Painted lady Hash

 

We were promised painted ladies as we formed a circle on the outskirts of Turre. We set off under the bridge along the Rio Aguas. Across the fields, Turre Church came into view. The high speed train track ran along the other side of the river bed.

There were clouds and it was misty, but when the sun broke through it was warm The runners soon caught up with us. There were others enjoying the Spanish countryside. Cyclists and trial bikers.

We walked over the river bed and into a ditch, to get out we all had to clamber under the sluice gate, dogs too. As we headed back we noticed quite a few dry bones.

We did see a few painted lady butterflies, apparently earlier in the week there had been thousands, they are on migration to North Africa.

We arrived at the bridge we notice the runners were already back, fortunately they had left us some of the wonderful home made mince pies, there was even a carrot cake to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Indalo Hash House Harriers.