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The BSCC Weekend at Rutland Water, Empingham, Rutland - 14th May 2011

It's time for the annual Brome Swan Cycle Club Weekend Away thrash - this year featuring the return to the White Horse at Empingham, near to the dam end of Rutland Water. Isobel, on account of the broken wrist, isn't cycling, so Nosher hauls The Boy around for the first couple of hours, stopping of at the Horse and Jockey for refreshment, before meeting up at the lunch pub, where Isobel has arrived by taxi to take Fred away. The Boy is surprisingly chilled-out on such a long ride, with not a single complaint - maybe it was the promise of chips at the end.

next album: The Bressingham Blitz 1940s Dance, Bressingham Steam Museum, Norfolk - 21st May 2010
previous album: Another Day at the Zoo, Banham, Norfolk - 2nd May 2011

2011 DH and Suey at the bar

DH and Suey at the bar

2011 The Boy Phil moves in

The Boy Phil moves in

2011 The Saga group

The Saga group

2011 Evening conversation in the White Horse

Evening conversation in the White Horse

2011 Carmen looks up

Carmen looks up

2011 Marc raises a glass

Marc raises a glass

2011 Fred at breakfast, complete with hamster cheeks stuffed with food

Fred at breakfast, complete with hamster cheeks stuffed with food

2011 The Bike Club at breakfast

The Bike Club at breakfast

2011 Fred hides so he can't be seen

Fred hides so he can't be seen

2011 Paul looks puzzled

Paul looks puzzled

2011 Outside, a large delivery of garden benches occurs

Outside, a large delivery of garden benches occurs

2011 Fred watches the bench delivery

Fred watches the bench delivery

2011 Map checking, before the kick-off

Map checking, before the kick-off

2011 Colin spins about on his steed

Colin spins about on his steed

2011 Colin spins around the car park

Colin spins around the car park

2011 Jill checks her bike out as well

Jill checks her bike out as well

2011 Marc's got the tandemo out

Marc's got the tandemo out

2011 DH eyeballs the tandem warily

DH eyeballs the tandem warily

2011 Fred on the bike seat

Fred on the bike seat

2011 Pippa looks keen to go

Pippa looks keen to go

2011 The BSCC assembles for a photo

The BSCC assembles for a photo

2011 The cycle group before the off

The cycle group before the off

2011 Sue cycles along the road

Sue cycles along the road

2011 Another stop the check the map

Another stop the check the map

2011 The Boy Phil drinks, er, orange juice

The Boy Phil drinks, er, orange juice

2011 DH and a pint of non-beer

DH and a pint of non-beer

2011 Fred gets some shades on

Fred gets some shades on

2011 Outside the Horse and Jockey

Outside the Horse and Jockey

2011 Jill grabs her bike helmet

Jill grabs her bike helmet

2011 Suey and Marc

Suey and Marc

2011 DH busts some moves

DH busts some moves

2011 Bill ties his shoes up

Bill ties his shoes up

2011 Marc flags down a passing ice-cream van

Marc flags down a passing ice-cream van

2011 We stop off at another White Horse

We stop off at another White Horse

2011 A nice basket of pansies

A nice basket of pansies

2011 Fred leans over

Fred leans over

2011 Isobel and The Boy

Isobel and The Boy

2011 Carmen takes Fred for a walk

Carmen takes Fred for a walk

2011 Outside the White Horse Inn

Outside the White Horse Inn

2011 The BSCC in the beer garden

The BSCC in the beer garden

2011 Bill, Phil and DH

Bill, Phil and DH

2011 Bill stares at the perfectly-preserved 70s/80s pub decor

Bill stares at the perfectly-preserved 70s/80s pub decor

2011 The Boy Phil finds something amusing

The Boy Phil finds something amusing

2011 Bill goes skip-diving and finds a nice leather suitcase

Bill goes skip-diving and finds a nice leather suitcase

2011 Normanton Church

Normanton Church

2011 Walking around the church

Walking around the church

2011 The traditional poke around Normanton Church

The traditional poke around Normanton Church

2011 Marc roams around

Marc roams around

2011 Phil 'n' Bill

Phil 'n' Bill

2011 The Boy Phil considers the choppy waters

The Boy Phil considers the choppy waters

2011 Bill and Marc

Bill and Marc

2011 Bill reads a poster in the window

Bill reads a poster in the window

2011 DH on the path back from the church

DH on the path back from the church

2011 We find another ice cream van

We find another ice cream van

2011 Bill and Marc eat ice creams

Bill and Marc eat ice creams

2011 Our short-cut is rumbled by the Sagas

Our short-cut is rumbled by the Sagas

2011 The ice-cream van is popular with the BSCC

The ice-cream van is popular with the BSCC

2011 The hardest part of the ride is the slog across the wind-swept dam

The hardest part of the ride is the slog across the wind-swept dam

2011 Sitting down for dinner

Sitting down for dinner

2011 The Boy Phil gives the hairy eyeball

The Boy Phil gives the hairy eyeball

2011 After-dinner chatting

After-dinner chatting

2011 Colin has a laff

Colin has a laff

2011 The hidden horse in the White Horse sign

The hidden horse in the White Horse sign

2011 The next day, we take Fred to Rutland Water

The next day, we take Fred to Rutland Water

2011 Fred roams around with a stick

Fred roams around with a stick

2011 Fred pokes the big sculpture at Sykes Lane with his stick

Fred pokes the big sculpture at Sykes Lane with his stick

2011 Fred on the grass

Fred on the grass

2011 The river at Stamford

The river at Stamford

2011 Stamford town centre

Stamford town centre

2011 Stamford High Street

Stamford High Street

2011 Fred plays around in some taffeta in a shop in Stamford

Fred plays around in some taffeta in a shop in Stamford

2011 Fred on a bench

Fred on a bench

2011 Fred does some pointing

Fred does some pointing

2011 The derelict London Inn pub in Stamford

The derelict London Inn pub in Stamford

2011 The coaching sign for The George

The coaching sign for The George

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DH and Suey at the bar