Herefordshire Week 118: Tuesday 29 March – Monday 04 April 2022

Birthday Celebrations (not mine or Phil’s) and I’ve booked a trek….

Thikse Gompa
Thikse Gompa

Very cold overnights. Payback for the past couple of weeks of “summer”.


Dad called round on Tuesday morning with the first batch of surplus bricks, now neatly stacked in the quarry. Phil and I then did a three stop dash to spend the last of the free (COVID recovery) money on our Herefordshire Shop Local card – drawing blanks at our two stops in Ewyas Harold we ended up returning to Lock’s Garage for more Rowlestone Ice Cream.

No time to go out for my planned Bacton Square walk to check on the wild garlic, so planted sunflower seeds instead. So far, no sign of any seedlings.

Usual working week. No VWW – IPWWs began this week. We are alternating 🙂


Being at a loose end on a Wednesday evening proved dangerous…..

I booked the last place on Exodus’s Peaks of Ladakh Trek.

(You’ll have to go look it up for yourselves – Exodus asked me to remove my links to their website.)

Val Parkinson’s leading it and I’ve wanted to go back to Ladakh ever since our wonderful Autumn in Ladakh back in 2016, organised by the other/usual-trek Val (Pitkethly) and Rimo Expeditions.

Very excited.


Busy day Friday. The highlight was hosting the Kerrys Gate Ladies for an evening of Prosecco and nibbles to celebrate A Birthday. A lot of fun.

We’d been up early to take the Panda in for an official 8 year service, and for a less official “we bought this from a trader and we didn’t really know what to look for” health check.

Phil and I drove in convoy to Ponthir, deposited the car and log book with the very efficient front of house team, then headed in to Hereford in the MX5 for a whizz around M&S (party purchases) and to return a book to the library.

K came over mid morning with party supplies, narrowly missing dad and the second delivery from Dinedor – “concrete sets”.

After lunch I did the Bacton Square, then put up banners, blew up balloons and generally got into the party spirit.


Six bottled of prosecco / cava between 8 (including 2 non-drinkers) made for a quiet start to Saturday. Not a hangover – just that tiredness that comes from missing out on a deep sleep.

The Cockyard Circuit with K&K followed by a late lunchtime fry up from Phil sorted that out.

Sometimes you just need a fry up.....
Sometimes you just need a fry up…..

Phil and I did a new route for a Sunday morning walk: Abbey Dore – Deer Field – Ewyas Harold Common – Cott Farm – Dulas Court – Old Trout Inn – Mill Lane – Cwm Hill – Abbey Dore.

Plenty of blackthorn blossom out:

Blackthorn in bloom
Blackthorn in bloom

Lunch, then an afternoon of Ladakh Trek Prep. I spent a happy few hours sorting out kit hire from Expedition Kit Hire (who were the highly recommended source of hired kit for my Mera Peak – Amphu Lapsta Pass – Island Peak trip in 2019) and prepping my Trek Prep Spreadsheet – and a less happy few hours getting to grips with my application for an Indian Visa. The e-Tourist Visa we’d got last time isn’t available.


Monday, unusually, was a work day. New joiner onboarding. But we did get the ride on mower back, bearings repaired under warranty. Top job, Ron Smith!


TV: My Brilliant Friend (finished season 3), Friday Night Lights (started season 5), The Levelling (film) Mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry (minus headache) and The Normans.

Podcasts: History Extra, The Essay, The History of England.


Photos: Herefordshire week 118 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2022-04-03.