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6th-Jul-2016 01:11 am - Voyage Award
Leaders let loose
One of the things that has bugged me about my Guiding/Scouting career is that I never managed to complete my Queens Guide/Scout.

When I was a Guide, the award was moved from the Guide section to the Senior Section, and the Baden Powell Trefoil was created instead. This came too late for me to complete, although I did look at the syllabus.

I then went to Venture Scouts and although we were aware of the Queen's Scout award, our leaders never activley encouraged us or supported us in working for it.

When I came back to Guiding, I joined as a leader and it wan't until I was 24 that I discovered that I was still elligable to do the Queen's Guide, although I had restricted time. This time I got most of the way through, but because I didn't have a network of Guides my age (and this was pre-internet), I couldn't find anyone to join me on the expedition part (you need four Guides under 26).

A few years back, I heard of the Voyage Award; an adult award in the style of Queen's Guide with three levels and no maximum time limit. The only downside is that you have to be a member of the Trefoil Guild to do it. Well, I have now decided to join the Trefoil solely so I can do this award. The record book has arrived and I am planning what I can do for the five different sections for the Bronze Level.

Skills (20 hours): I have booked myself onto a conducting course this summer, the next level up from the one I took three years ago. This is the main reason why I have decided to start the Voayage Award now.

Myself (40 hours): It suggests to develop a skill or interest you already have, so I think I could dust off my lace bobbins and learn Bucks point lace,as I did mainly Torchon lace when I first learnt over 25 years ago.

Explore my World (20 hours): One of the suggestions is to cover a long distance path, so I thought I might walk the Aylesbury Ring.

Teamwork (10 hours): Don't know yet, but there is time to find an activity to help plan and organise.

Service (40 hours): Unfortunately, because I already run a Brownie Pack, I can't use that for my service. If anyone knows of anywhere I could help (especially if it can be in a school holiday), then let me know. It can be conservation, animal sanctuary, charity, etc.

The hardest part in all this is finding things that I haven't already done. I've gained the highest singing award with the RSCM; developed my sewing skills by creating a victorian outfit with corset; and so on. I have always been challenging myself and trying new things.

I shall try and keep you updated on my progress.
12th-Jun-2016 11:04 pm - Swallows and Amazons film
Pirate Izzy
So, Because I am a member of TARS I got an invite to the cast and crew screening of the new film (due out on 19th August). We were told not to post anything on social media, which is why this is friends locked, but I had to get some thoughts down. (EDIT: post made public on 27th July)

This is not going to be an unbiased reveiw because I am invested far too much in the source material.
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3rd-Apr-2016 06:38 pm - Spring Horticultral show
Ranger Izzy
It's that time of year again, when gardeners bemoan that the flowers aren't out at the right time. I just have to cook and make things for the spring show.

I went in four classes in the domestic section and got four firsts!
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26th-Mar-2016 12:20 am - Holy Week
Ranger Izzy
So, I've been going to a lot of services this week.

Unfortunately, this means I have often wanted to shout out "Welease Wodderick!" in the middle of them. I now want to watch either 'Life of Brian', or 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. I have neither of them here, and they are not on Netflix. Oh well...

I related news, I wish student teachers would check the pronouciation before teaching the Easter story. Jesus was not taken to an exercise class after he was arrested.
25th-Dec-2015 02:53 pm - Secret Santa present
Ranger Izzy
I got this over a week ago, but I haven't posted about my Sci-fi Secret Santa present.

If you haven't worked it out, the very nice wooden box holds a MacGyver fix anything toolkit. Come on, how many times have you needed something that is in there?
25th-Dec-2015 01:20 am - Christmas Eve
Ranger Izzy
It is technically Christmas now, but I will post that once I have had some sleep.

What have I done on Christmas Eve though? this morning I took a clock apart to fix it.Cut for large pictures.Collapse )
29th-Nov-2015 02:34 pm - Advent!
It's the first Sunday in Advent, so here is our beginning of Christmas decoration.
20th-Nov-2015 09:47 pm - Carousel
Ranger Izzy

Third night of my latest show and audiences haven't been too bad.

Tonight though, someone was laughing pretty loudly during the death scene. Very hard to keep a straight face.

17th-Aug-2015 03:39 pm - Horticultral show
Ranger Izzy
It's that time of year again. I spent the last week watching quite a bit of TV and some DVDs (two Thunderbird movies; 6 is better than Go in my opinion) whilst I knitted and crocheted my entries. Then there was the cooking on Friday as well.

I entered 16 classes in all and had some significant sucesses.
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8th-Aug-2015 12:26 am - Pax Lodge - day six
Leaders let loose
The previous evening, the Canadian Guides had invited me to join them at the changing of the guard, so after a very quiet breakfast (the Americans had departed at something like 5 am for Paris), I packed up my bags and left them in storage before heading to the tube station.

It was a nice sunny day and we made quick time to St Jame's Park and so to the palace. There was a while to wait until the changing, but people had already bagged places by the railings. We got a spot pretty close and waited as the crowds gradually filled up. Half the group moved to the rail by the road to get a view of the bands as they marched.

Then there was movement in the guard house, and we could hear a band in the distance. The changing of the guard began, with lots of people walking about checking things, and sometimes just walking along before turning around and going back. The all walked in pairs, either with sticks, swords or flags. The band had fun with the music, starting with 'It's not Unusual' before moving onto a sci-fi compilation of music from Star Trek and Star Wars, before finishing with 633 Squadron.

Eventually, all the guards had been changed and the old guard marched out of the palace gates. The group gathered together again and we made our to have some lunch. After that I bid farwell to the Canadian girls and headed back to Pax to collect my luggage and head home.

The journey back was pretty uneventful. It was a brilliant week and I loved chatting to all the girls and leaders. Now I am back at the main computer, I shall post more of my pictures, as the ones posted this week have been taken with my tablet.

Strange thing today. I don't know if it was the uniform, but I had at least three people stop to ask me directions.
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