Tactile paving studs…

New controlled crossing tactile metal pavement studs. These are designed to contrast with the paving and alert partially sighted pedestrians that there is a crossing. A hole for each stud is drilled then studs are glued into the Forest of Dean natural sandstone paving.

 

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Day 056 – Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye bike ride…

After 46 Miles (76 KM) of hills and heat, i’m back home and not feeling too bad. One of the hottest days of the year and right in the middle of our UK heat wave, Mr MCK and I decided on a round trip into the Forest of Dean, to Ross-on-Wye. Glos - Ross bike ride 07.07.13 - 23 Some amazing scenery on-route, with our journey taking us via Newent. Some challenging hills and we even had to get off the bikes and push a couple of times!

We had a well-deserved stop in Ross by the river with a pint of cider. Maybe not the best idea in terms of energy levels but nice : ) Ross bike ride 07.07.13 At the same time as our journey back, Andy Murray was in the process of comprehensively beating Djokovic in the Wimbledon final – I was hoping Murray would drop a set so I could catch the end but he wrapped up his first Wimbledon title in straight sets. At one point I was checking the sat nav on my mobile phone while also checking the final game points in the tennis! Well done Andy!

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Day 054 – Wenchford…

We’re in the middle of a mini heat-wave which is meant to last for the next few days, meaning the weekend should be hot and sunny. Today was the same and we drove into the Forest of Dean, to a place called Wenchford, where a stream runs through the forest and creates lots of paddling areas.

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Hearth stone goes in…!

An eventful half day (or maybe just a bit more) spent collecting and fitting the new fireplace hearth stone.

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Claire’s parents helped us out a lot here; Pearl by looking after the boys while Claire, Neil and I first went to the dump to drop off most of the stuff from the side of the house, then to the quarry to pick up the stone. The use of their Ford Galaxy was very helpful and the stone weighed a fair bit!

It’s a lovely colour and very thick, but we measured it just a bit too tightly, meaning we had to hack off some of the fire screed around the fireplace base. It slid in ok after that, and Neil put down cement for it to bed down on.

There was a fair bit of back and forth before it went in, and the levelling took a while! In the end, we got it level in relation to the floor and almost totally flat across it. we just have to let it dry for a few days then remove the paper and tape around the edges. Then the stove can go back in and be cemented in around the pipe.

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Beechenhurst fun day thing…

Yesterday we drove over to the Beechenhurst Lodge, which is a Forestry Commission site in the Forest of Dean. we didn’t realise it but there was also a family fun day thing on, with lots of activities and things going on + some cool music including a steel drum group and a solo singer.

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail was another cool activity in the immediate area and something which i’ve been wanting to have a look at for years.

We managed to see the first 2 sculptures before we decided to turn back!

The whole day was really good even though it lashed down a couple of times! Lots of cool activities and we’ll defo be back at some point, particularly when we’ve sorted our bikes out and can get around more easily.

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