Sytche Campsite, Much Wenlock

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A never-ending game of Kubb in full swing. “It’s all luck”.

The summer holidays arrived and, unfortunately, Wales was still closed to visitors so we couldn’t make our usual pilgrimage to the Llyn Peninsula. Happily, TBF came to our rescue and booked us all places on Sytche Campsite on the outskirts of Much Wenlock in Shropshire.

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The terrace and the view.

We arrived late on the Saturday night, having missed the bad weather which the others had endured. After that the sun shone and we took the opportunity to laze around the campsite and play Mölky and a never-ending game of Kubb, which had to be abandoned from time to time to make time for inconvenient things like eating and sleeping. TJS, a physicist, seems to have adopted a probabilistic, Quantum Mechanics philosophy of playing in which there is no skill involved and Schrödinger’s block only gets knocked over if the thrower of the stick is ‘lucky’. I shall just say that some players seem to be a lot luckier than others.

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Musk Mallow

Before we set off, I’d looked at an OS map of the area and noticed, with some alarm, the many contour lines sweeping across the campsite. In the event, the field had been very cleverly terraced so that the pitches were level despite the slope. We were at the top, with a pleasant view.

In between the terraces the steep banks had been sown with wildflowers and were busy with butterflies, bees and other insects, so I was in my element.

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Hoverfly: Sphaerophoria Scripta on Field Bindweed.
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Small White on Ragwort.
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Viper’s Bugloss.
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(One of the) white-tailed bumblees on Common Knapweed.
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Field Scabious.
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Yarrow.
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Meadow Brown.
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Another hoverfly on Common Knapweed.
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Drone Fly on Oxeye Daisy

After so long confined to barracks, it was great to see our old friends again, catch-up and chill-out. We managed a couple of excursions too, of which more to follow.


After the sad demise of Toots Hibbert I wanted to post a Maytals song. But which one? ‘Funky Kingston’ is one of my favourite songs, in any genre, so that would be the obvious choice. But then ‘Pressure Drop’, ’54-46′, ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Time Tough’, so many to choose. And then there’s their great covers, of which ‘Country Roads’ is my favourite. In the end, I’ve plumped for this…

…because I’ve recently been listening to Chaka Demus and Pliers brilliant 1993 album ‘Tease Me’ which has some brilliant covers including this…

Sytche Campsite, Much Wenlock

3 thoughts on “Sytche Campsite, Much Wenlock

  1. I see you drifted a long way behind in blog-land again! A cracking weekend and you timed your arrival to perfection. Saturday was grim apart from a couple of hours in the afternoon, especially just before you arrived when it was truly awful!
    I can’t imagine a camping holiday now without playing Kubb or Molky. It was a like a pressure valve being released to see everyone. Looks like a while before we can meet up again. Can’t even head up and see TJS other than outside and even then he’d have to meet us somewhere as he wouldn’t be allowed in the car with us. 😦

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Pressure valve – exactly. A couple of months behind – that’s nothing, I’m sure I can get much further behind than that. Yes, the current ‘rules’ make no sense at all and the whole situation is extremely frustrating. My Dad’s back in hospital and there’s no prospect of me going to see him, and I wouldn’t want to risk it even if it was allowed.

  2. Wonderful memories created on this weekend, hopefully to help you through the difficult times still to come. Your flower and insect captures, yet again thrill me.
    I sincerely hope your Dad’s health has improved.

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