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Lockdown Nature Notes 6

Despite the cooler, greyer and, sometimes, wetter weather of last week, spring marched on. Subtle changes are being made to the overall picture – Cow Parsley has come to the fore and is frothing generously along many roadsides, Ox-eye Daisies have started to appear as have wild Lupins, Changing Forget-me-not, Lesser...
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Lockdown Nature Notes 5

Aren’t we lucky! What a joy it was to be out in the sunshine last week, albeit nearer to home than we might otherwise have chosen. Hang on to that memory during this coming week which promises to be cooler and wetter and not so enticing for walking. But at least...
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Ambling in the time of Corona

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Exploring Elstead I walk the dog early each morning and was getting bored with the same old walk around the village so I thought I would try something different.  I set off from the village green towards Elstead Mill and, as I was crossing the bridge, I noticed a footpath sign...
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Computer Backup - A Salutary Lesson

  You are backing up your computer, aren't you?  Photos, special and valuable documents, etc?You have more than one copy of anything really important? We have my daughter living with us during lock-down and yesterday her external backup drive fell from the bed onto a carpeted floor. Not so bad you...
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Ambling - February 2020 - Hankley Common (South)

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Ten people joined me for this walk on a blustery and cold morning; at least it wasn't raining for a change. This is the third different walk on Hankley common and this one took in the south side. In this area, it's impossible to avoid some hills but on this walk,...
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Nature Notes 4

Nature Notes 4
  With a change to slightly cooler weather, I thought that maybe the onrush of spring would slow down a bit. Wrong. The headlong dash has continued unabated. It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly the flowers of the Horse Chestnuts follow the opening of the leaves and any...
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Lockdown Nature Notes 3

Despite us not being able to see much of it, spring is still springing. This is the painting-by-numbers time of year when every day colours in just a little bit more green until suddenly the picture is complete. Someone once talked about the number of different shades of black that Van...
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Lockdown Nature Notes 2

Lockdown Nature Notes 2
Spring is certainly getting on with it. Loads of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps have arrived, Swallows have been sighted and a Cuckoo was recorded in East Sussex last week. If they haven’t already arrived, Willow Warblers and Redstarts should be here soon. There is no shortage of Buzzards and Red Kites –...
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Nature Notes for Locked-down times March 23-29

Well, here we are one week in to lockdown and I hope everyone is still standing and sane. Things seem to have fallen into some sort of routine now and thank goodness the weather last week was so lovely; it made getting out for the permitted exercise a great pleasure. I’m...
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Ambling - January 2020 - Britty Wood

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Ten of us set off on a frosty, slightly overcast morning.  We met at Puttenham Common Lower Car Park, next to the Tarn.  We set off across the road and soon warmed up. The walk took us through Lower Puttenham Common and into Britty Wood. This is a lovely area and...
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Ambling - December 2019 - Black Down

Black Down Overview
Eight amblers plus two guests braved the weather and came on this amble. Most of us met at Secrets farm shop car park to car share as the parking at Black Down can be difficult. We started our walk from the NT car park in Tennyson's Lane. When I recced the...
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Ukuleles of the Third Age at Rowley's

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The fortnightly "Ukuleles of the Third Age" sessions are going really well with over 30 members, averaging 25 attending each session. We have enormous fun playing & singing all types of music (rock'n'roll being particularly popular), plus being a fun social occasion, which is evident from all the chatting during the...
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Rambling 2 - December - 2019

Mud, Mud Glorious Mud! Unfortunately, no walk, Sidney wood was a tad wet and muddy!!But you could see sections of the normally dry Wey & Arun canal with water levels that could float a narrowboat.Happy Christmas and New Year, look forward to a dryer 2020. Next walk 16th January from the...
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Ramblings 2 - November - 2019

Ramblings 2 - November - 2019
New paths along old ground! Starting at Broadwater Park [Old ground] and then along new paths that took in bits of the Wey South path, Downs Link and back via Unsted, with time for a relaxed Coffee stop!
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Software Management in Linux Mint

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Software Management in Linux Mint (also other Debian based distros ) Update Manager Two types of update - Security or Software. If a new version of any package installed on your computer is made available you can upgrade to it. Level 1 and Level 2 updates are risk-free. The higher the...
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Ambling - November 2019

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Frensham Common It was a lovely but rather cold morning as 8 of us set off for our amble. We started off quite briskly and as I was chatting away I didn't notice I had missed my first turn. No harm done,  and we quickly got back on the correct track...
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Ambling - October 2019

Puttenham Amble 2: Oct 2019
Puttenham Common to Gatwick and Cut Mill The weather was rather overcast and rain was forecast, but 8 of us set off anyway. The route was not too muddy despite the amount of rain we've been having. We started from the middle carpark and slowly made our way up to the...
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Rambling 2 - October - 2019

Rambling 2 - October - 2019
Our October walk was a damp occation and no cameras came out! Almost forgot to enter a blog.We squelched our way across Whitmoor common.Our next walk starts 10:00 from the Nursery Road car park of Broadwater Park Thursday 21st Nov.
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Rambling-2 – September – 2019

Rambling-2 – September – 2019
Rambling-2 has started the new season following the paths around Dunsfold and taking in the views from the slopes of Hascombe Hill. The View was a fine reward having negotiated country lanes that had a feel of the M25 about them, and sections of footpath that had a distinct jungle feel!Next...
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Ambling - September 2019

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Hydon's Ball and Greensand Way On a sunny morning 12 of us set of for the first amble of this season. It started off a bit chilly but soon warmed up. The walk was undulating with some lovely views south along the Greensand Way.  This path can get very muddy but...
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The Joint Guildford & Milford U3A Singers present

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 - The Sound of Musicals! 120 singers from these two groups gave an excellent performance entitled “The Sound of Musicals” at the Millmead Centre, Guildford on Wednesday, 26th June 2019. Admission was free but a voluntary retiring collection for the Guildford Baptist Church Building Redevelopment Project raised £1000. There was a wide...
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Creative Mixed Media Art - June 2019

Throughout the year our group have explored ways of combining different media in a variety of ways. We have experimented with paint, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, collage, clay, textiles and a range of materials and techniques to produce 2d and 3d figurative and abstract artwork. It has been a lot of...
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Ukuleles of the Third Age

Ukuleles of the Third Age
May 2019. I thought it was about time I gave an update on my terrific ukulele group which is now coming up to 5 years of ukulele fun. Most are now competent enough to tackle almost any song, ballads to country to rock'n'roll (which we particularly enjoy). Singing along is encouraged...
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Rambling 2 - May - 19

Rambling 2 - May - 19
A country ramble to the village pond, Coffee, Cake, and conversation. 12 Members of the group making a perfect end to the Ramblers 2 walking season. See you all in the Autumn.
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Hallelujah! What a Savior!

  On Palm Sunday afternoon at Godalming United Church, Milford U3A Singing for Fun Group put on a performance of Hallelujah! What a Savior! (No - it’s not a spelling mistake! - it’s American).  Oh yeah - what a wonderful sound! What a fantastic compilation to sing, or to just sit...
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