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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Geo Weekend
Just back from a wet weekend on the border between Leicestershire and Derbyshire...

When you put it like that it doesn't sound too exciting, but this was in fact the 3rd SLN get together.
The event started on Friday, but I rocked-up on Saturday morning, having missed the gin debauchery of the night before.
The venue was the YHA at Conkers in Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch...

The building has been designed to have minimum impact on the environment. While it may not be far from obvious to visitors, it is packed with ‘eco-friendly’ features, including:
  • A bio-fuel boiler, using sustainable wood chips sourced locally in the Forest.
  • Water heated by solar panels.
  • Roof overhangs creating pleasant shaded veranda spaces, and preventing overheating through the windows.
  • Internal shutters that insulate against extremes of heat and cold.
  • Vents at the top of the building providing in-built ventilation and removing any need for air-conditioning.
  • Underground tanks holding rain captured for ‘greywater use’ eg flushing the loos!
  • Spray taps and showers - no baths - to reduce water consumption.
However, there was apparently no recycling facility ?

Met at Conkers, and then it was the resource sharing and lots of tea and biscuits. We then took a SatNav (until it died) guided trip to the Belgrave Road in Leicester to sample some Asian fusion, and pop into Curry Fever... I hit the halal pizza place up the road, and also the draught Cobra.

Image by Flickr user Ned Trifle, made available under Creative Commons license.

Back to the YHA in the rain for a pint of local ale. The next day after breakfast, raining again, over to Bradgate Park and Emma forced us to go for a walk along to the ruins of Bradgate Hall, which was open and had a mooch, then it was a swift cross country dash home.

Got back and checked out the booty:
  • 30 copies of OS map for Birmingham
  • several badges with Geography related slogans
  • Paperback book "50 facts that should change the world" by Jessica Williams
  • Lincolnshire Echo special on 100 years of the Skegness Jolly Fisherman
  • 7 CDs containing thousands of files and resources and music files
  • hundreds of digital images
  • some level tracking booklets
See you all at the next meeting !

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