Maldives Rowing Volunteer
 
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Hello and a happy new year to you, I hope that although 2012 is only a baby, it has been good so far.   I am sorry that is has been so quiet on the blog front (I seem to always start off my blogs this way), however I have been having a brilliantly cold and grey time back in the UK.  Yes that is snow you can see on the hills in the photo, sadly that is the closest we got whilst up in Scotland for a brilliant family Christmas.

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Christmas Day and almost falling in the Loch!
Lots of British countryside to make me feel like I am truly back home, having visited my parents on the south coast, my sister in North Yorks, friends in Henley and my brother in Manchester all before heading further north for Christmas in Scotland.  Much eating, drinking and party games (including hilarious granny musical chairs and generations of Dad dancing in musical statues, all on video) made a Christmas nudging into the top 5 of all time!

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Arriving back in the UK and seeing friends and family has made me so grateful for the things I missed whilst away and made me quite definite in my mind that I wanted to remain in the UK, however  Christmas is never a good time to make proper decisions as my mind is fuddled by warm (mainly TV induced) memories, shouting children and possibly a bit of alcohol.  I have come a full circle and am planning to return to the Maldives in the not too distant future to push on with the rowing project.

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Following Christmas in Scotland I headed off to the Isle of Man (I did say I had been getting around a bit) to see my best friend of many, many years, Polly, for a bit of windswept walking action and yet more tip top eating.  I have seen a lot of windy hills and cold looking sheep over the past few weeks.  There is something about being brought up on a island that drags you back, I have ended up in the Maldives and Polly on the Isle of Man, different yet equally mad islands!

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Not quite the Maldives anymore
A relaxing and refreshing New Year and sadly I did not take my swimmers so I could not participate in the New Years Day swim on the beach (what a blow of misfortune), I did feel shown up by all the people who did take a dip.  No photos as no one deserves to have a picture taken of them in a swimsuit in the freezing cold on Jan 1st, NOBODY looks good in those conditions.  I did manage to see a solitary seal and not break anything playing Just Dance 3 in a tiny sitting room, so a successful trip all round.  Anyhow onwards to the future, I have just found out that sadly that the Westminster School trip to Hulhumale will not being happening in February, so it will mean that I will have to get the boat house sorted out without a team of helpers, sad times! I am back in life planning mode and will get back to you when ll details (every single one) of life have been sorted out!

Bye

Rachel

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Mean and moody shot of Calf Sound on the Isle of Man
 


StuDent3
01/11/2012 00:00

where is our TASH?? NATASHA HOWARD WE MISS U .
------~~maldives------~~

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Rachel Loveridge
01/11/2012 13:21

Hi, Tash has been on holiday in India for the past two weeks but she is now back in the Maldives, so rowing will start soon hopefully.

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StuDent3
01/12/2012 03:12

THANKS.

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StuDent3
01/12/2012 03:16

Rachel, i think you were at Naifaru. And the news is Naifaru is flooded due to bad weather.

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