Places of historic interest
Having chosen the theme, Mags went on a tour of historically interesting places in East Sussex. Among them were the storybook-castle at Bodiam and the Augustinian Priory at Michelham.
Danni's adventure was more macro than micro in June: she and Brianna undertook a cycle tour through Portugal. As you might expect, they visited many places of historic interest on the way. Check out Dani’s blog posts about the ride: Day 1, Day 2, Days 3-4, Days 5-8, Days 9-12 . . . final part coming soon, I hope!
As regular readers will already have seen, Dan and I visited Berwick church, tucked away at the foot of the South Downs. The interior is covered in paintings by artists of the Bloomsbury set: Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell.
(As summer arrived in the UK, many of our usual microadventurers were so busy getting out and about that blogging this challenge fell by the wayside. That’s not necessarily a bad thing! Conversely, some of our Southern Hemispherean adventurers ran out of daylight hours to fit their exploring in. Alas.)
Clare has been getting up to her geocaching shenanigans and going on days out with (and without) her kids. We even got to meet the family in Hastings! Like me and Mags, Clare also took part in #30DaysWild - you can read her wild posts here.
Cal slept out for the summer solstice as part of Alastair Humphreys' Year of Microadventure challenge. Cal says, "I walked the stretch from Farnham to Guildford, and found a handy field to sleep in just off the trail. Sunset was pretty damn good, and the rabbits and deer were unaware of my presence. Started walking again at around 5am, with everything still and quiet. Hunting buzzard, swifts, many many many rabbits, silent villages, fox, sleeping horses and an empty path. Reached Guildford just as the rowing club were setting up on the river. Lovely!"
Dan and I also slept out on the summer solstice. I didn’t make a separate post about it then and it seems a bit late now! We were at our neighbours’ midsummer garden party in the afternoon and evening, so we didn’t manage to set off into the woods until after 10pm. It was still light enough to see without a torch, and I managed to locate the likely-looking spot I’d found while out searching for tadpoles earlier in the month. It was underneath some pine trees, so we cleared the pine cones away, rolled out our bivvies and jumped into bed. I slept well, with the treesong like water running past. In the morning we woke with the sunrise. We set up the stove on a tree stump that had previously been used as a feeding post by a squirrel - the remnants of pinecones formed little piles on top! We made tea and breakfast (mmm, instant noodles for breakfast), packed up and got home around 7am.
Alastair has collated a round up post of some fantastic solstice microadventures!
July's microadventure theme: time with trees
This month’s microadventure challenge is: time with trees. As always, feel free to interpret this in your own way. Here are some ideas to get you started:
History! That’s what June’s microadventure challenge was all about. Mags set the theme and we set about visiting places of historic interest.
I am looking forward to seeing trees from around the world! You don’t have to write a blog post to be included in the monthly round-up, by the way. You can send a picture and/or a few sentences - or just tweet!
You can read about people's previous adventures here: January (spend time on a hill), February (wildlife spotting), March (explore a waterway), April (matters relating to railways) and May (lunchtime adventures).
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