Author Topic: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August  (Read 3851 times)

Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:24:36 pm »
Is anyone else planning to attend Circe's celebrations? They have planned some rides and events, with camping available, just outside Cambridge.  :)
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clarion

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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2017, 09:01:24 pm »
Me? :D
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017, 09:03:17 pm »
Apart from you  ::-)

I knew about you, you know.
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Kim

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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2017, 10:05:18 pm »
I've been in early discussions with CrinklyLion about Logistics, subject to BloodyTrains, cub-friendliness of the facilities, whether I decide to have another boring injury and so forth.  But you probably knew about that too.

(I don't have a Circe, or even a tandem, but I reckon I've done enough evangelism about the things to qualify for Hanger On status).
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CrinklyLion

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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2017, 10:22:26 pm »
It's tempting, but portaloos and aspie teens are a bad combo which fill me with trepidation...

Kim

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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2017, 11:17:41 pm »
I've had a look and there's not a lot in terms of proper campsites nearby (other than those for the exclusive use of caravanists).  Closest is probably the C&CC site at Cambridge, which is about 15 miles away.
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2017, 09:00:13 pm »
It's tempting, but portaloos and aspie teens are a bad combo which fill me with trepidation...

I can understand that. Maybe ask Circe what the nearby options are? And what facilities are there maybe?
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2017, 10:00:07 pm »
We have successfully reserved a place, but it seems that it's only 1 night's camping. That's a bit daft in my book. I want to arrive Friday and leave Sunday, only pitching the tent once. The plan if for us to have Martha with us. We will be in big tent with en suite bucket.
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 10:08:27 pm »
I agree. We might look if there is somewhere nearby for friday night camping.
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2017, 09:23:49 pm »
Well, the plans have gone oft agley in that Martha is going to a birthday party which will carry on into the small hours. This is what happens when the wino middle class cosmopolitan parents get natterin about brexit etc. I think the last birthday party Martha went to ended up with her going to bed at about 1am.

Jan and I can't be arsed to go for just one night. We were thinking of going to the C & CC place, but that seems a bit unnecessary. My impression is that this is for the kids, and without a token child it wouldn't be so much fun.
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2017, 12:20:31 am »
What's the state of play with this now? Jan definitely isn't bothered and has made other plans involving a spinning wheel. I have an alternative attraction, but if there are a few YACFers about, especially a Kim who wants to share a Circe Helios with electrons, that would persuade me to come along.
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Kim

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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2017, 01:35:05 pm »
Kim and the Crinklyclan are defecting to an as yet unspecified venue with proper loos, probably on the Yorkshire coast.
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2017, 02:08:14 pm »
Kim and the Crinklyclan are defecting to an as yet unspecified venue with proper loos, probably on the Yorkshire coast.

Very wise. And a great name for a pbc, m'lud!
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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2017, 03:55:31 pm »
Well, I went, and what an excellent weekend it was!

My departure was inevitably delayed as I had a man coming to take a pin out of the piano (!) and the district nurse was coming to see Phyllis. I finally got under way around midday, but that was after the Clariflies had arrived in Dullingham! I got there about 3pm, got the tent pitched and my bed made, but then was interrupted by the necessity of going for a bike ride. Butterfly and I rode out on my tandem, with Clarion and the Clariduck on theirs. After a while, dross kicked up by a combine harvester got the better of Clarion's lungs, which were wheezing like a train, and he joined me on the back of my Circe Helios electric assist whilst Butterfly piloted the Butterduck. It was a very pleasant route in tranquil countryside and seemed to me that most of the time we were going downhill. Maybe that's the effect of electric assist...

When we returned, I collected the rest of my clothes and bedding from the car and walked up the hill to my tent. Then it was Food Time. That has to rank as one of the best barbecues I have ever had. Sausage, burgers and chicken legs, all excellently cooked, with some very fine veggie side bits in the form of salad, and something with apricots in it which I was told was giant couscous. There was also a barrel of beer - Tandemmer's Tipple - which was very good indeed. Light, hoppy and not too strong, it was just right for a summer's evening. We then had a musical interlude with a couple who crooned above their combined double bass and acoustic guitar. I knew hardly any of the songs that they sang, and no-one else seemed to want to join in, but they were respectfully received. After that, there was the Outdoor Cinema. As I have mentioned elsewhere, this ran from bicycle-generated electrons and the film shown was Belleville Rendezvous, which I had seen before. I really enjoyed the fact that a film about a cycling obsession should be powered by people on bicycles. Whether Circe's management had that amusing irony in mind when they chose it I don't know.

There was then a camp fire and more beer, and more songs from the crooners. Some time after midnight I retired to my tent and slept very well, not emerging until soon after 7am.

Breakfast was a help-yourself to croissants, brioche, rolls, tea, coffee, orange juice... Then there was another ride. Clarion was disinclined to spend more time on an aluminium bike, and Butterfly wanted to try an electric tandem, since she always struggles to keep up on their acoustic one. That left me at a loose end so I borrowed an Airnimal Joey from The Management and used that. To begin with I thought I might well be in pain as a result of, firstly, the saddle, and secondly, the thumb shifter for changing down. When it comes to arthritic attacks my right thumb is one of my most vulnerable bits. I injured it about 40 years ago when playing rugby, and it has always been a bit duff, and of course in the past 12 years or so it has been subject to the tender mercies of my delinquent immune system. We rode out to the Lode Cricket Pavilion where someone had thoughtfully left a large quantity of cake. Over lunch, many people rode many bicycles in a "what have we here?" kind of way, and I would hope that Circe will receive some lucrative orders. I should stress that the entire weekend was provided free, so must be regarded as them casting their bread/sausage/burgers/ale etc. upon the waters. After we returned to Dullingham (a lovely village, despite the name) we packed up and said our farewells. It was a shame it wasn't two nights, but it was very good and I would certainly do my best to take part in any similar events.

What of the Airnimal? Well, it's a folding bike. It's not so easy to fold as a Brompton, but it's a much nicer ride and I was in no more pain after 20-odd miles than I would normally expect to be. I suppose the key question is, will I buy one? Well, I have to say that I'm not in the right frame of mind yet, but I do keep looking at their website. Hmmm...

Oh, I should add that the 230 or so kilograms that Clarion and I subjected my tandem to are regarded as a record by Circe themselves. I have to say that having someone almost of my mass and an inch or so taller than I am did affect the handling rather, but I haven't seen anything wrong with the bike.

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Adam

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Re: Circe's 10th Anniversary 12-13 August
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2017, 05:13:20 pm »
Excellent write-up!  We would have come along on ours, but as mentioned elsewhere, we had to pick up another tandem (Mercian not Circe).
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