Hello, my name is Mal Tabb.
Thanks for visiting our web pages. Marion & I operate a small outdoor activity organisation called Canoes, Mountains & Caves. We provide activities for: adults, young people, schools, charities, families & individuals. A key aspect of our work is the provision of a "Community Programme" which is offered free of charge to participants. If you think we might be able to help please don't hesitate to contact us, you can find out more about what we do on our main website www.canoesmountainscaves.com

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Nearly Half Way Through 2012

Looking Out From the Coach House
Our farming neighbours made the "first cut" this week which to me has now become as good a sign as any that we are approaching the longest day at Blaithwaite, the field behind the Coach House was one of many that was a hive of contractor activity as the big machines, tractors and trailers moved in and collected the rows of freshly cut grass with incredible efficiency. 

It seems like a good point for a general catch up on Blaithwaite life so far in 2012.

The Centre has posed all its usual challenges but we are thankful to have retained such a full calendar through these difficult economic times.

In fact the camp field has been busier than ever this year being at peak over the Jubilee double Bank Holiday. The buildings have been just as full with this week having been a double school week and the weekend seeing a large Girls Brigade Company and a Church from Manchester occupying the site.

After a very difficult late April Kay is enjoying a much more steady spell of health for which we are extremely thankful. Cumberland Infirmary seems to attract a lot of bad press in the local media, however, we could only say positive things about the care and professionalism of everybody we have encountered there. Similarly the Macmillan Nurse; local GP's and Community Nursing Team never fail to go the extra mile - health care in rural Cumbria is first class!

Next week sees the biggest school visit of the year, we are expecting to have 81 year 7, 8 & 9 pupils on activity!

Personal outings have been slightly thinner on the ground than hoped for - this always seems to be the case (maybe I'm just greedy - but I need to be out there, it keeps me going!). A few highlights of the year to date are listed below:

Seathwaite Fell Was Better for Some Snow
A Day Out Around the Fells of Esk Hause Was Perhaps the Highlight of the Year so Far
Blencathra in the Snow Was Excellent but I Lost my Phone & Then it was Handed in at Penrith Police Station!

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