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So what's this then?

Slime mould

Seen up above the Rising Sun at West Bagborough I thought at first it must be a fungus but it's not in Richard Phillips' excellent book so decided it must be a slime mould, of which Wikipedia tells me there are some 900 types. It could be Enteridium lycoperdon (false puff-ball) or a close relative. Now these moulds must be about the simplest form of life. Some are just single cell but others are more complex. But here's the interesting thing: some can move and some can learn (in a lab) so when the Big Brexit happens and us humans are all rotting, I bet the slime moulds will still be here, learning to run the earth.

Now imagine if you will going to a dinner party and meeting, say Dr Jones-Smythe and asking him "so what's your doctorate in?" to be told "Oh I'm a world authority in slime moulds." Fancy spending your whole life seeking, capturing, dissecting and analysing such primitive forms of life.

First cuckoo?
Your webmaster heard the first cuckoo on April 22nd on West Sedgmoor. Repeatedly. But no doubt you've heard it weeks ago?

Attention new walk leaders ---Free Walks
If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow walk for a Wednesday or Sunday afternoon in our Summer Programme, Then I would be pleased to help.
Taunton Deane BC. are now phasing out their fine tried and tested parish walk leaflets all of which have easy to follow maps and walking directions.
I have a select dozen which I would be happy to pass on . With mileages ,they are :
West Monkton 3.4
Hatch Beauchamp 3.5
Hillfarrance 3.5
North Curry & Knapp 3.75
Ash Common 4.2
Orchard Portman 4.4
Otterford & Yarty Valley 4.5
Taunton to Langaller 4.5
Milverton 4.8
Creech St. Michael 5
Kingston St. Mary 5.5
Any of these are available on request by e-mail or on either of my January walks -Wednesday 16th or Sunday 20th.
This is a good opportunity for new leaders to ease themselves into doing their bit for the group !
John O

Chairman's Annual Report reads as follows:

January’s post-Christmas lunch at the Somerset Cricket Club’s venue proved a popular move after several years from the rather busy and noisy Oake Golf Club.
The group heard the sad news of declining health and then death of popular programme secretary, Neil Parker. His funeral was at North Curry in April. He will be missed.
Our summer programme highlighted a number of events to commemorate our 25th anniversary. Prominent were the favourite walks led by regular walk leaders. Judi Townsend and Lynda Stewart successfully led the eight stages of the West Deane Way, and Sally Childs and Davina Cole led a complete circuit of the Quantock Greenway.
Colin and Heather Flood were again persuaded to re-visit Topsham for their popular boat walk last enjoyed in 2013. In July we staged a second Open Afternoon at Trull’s Church Hall and welcomed both familiar and a few unfamiliar faces. All thoroughly enjoyed a fine free tea . Well done Dot Mackay and helpers!
After a remarkable dry and warm summer it was rather unfortunate that the weather should break for our coach outing to Seaton. Nevertheless all managed all or part of the four walks provided…unscathed and enjoyed the facilities at Seaton Jurassic.!
In October the group were invited to mount a stall at a “Life is Worth Living” event at the Mecca Bingo Hall. Though the weather was poor ,we did manage to encourage quite a few visitors to maybe give our walks a try.
Sadly we heard that our Friday evening “tower of strength”, Mike Whitmore had suffered a bad fall and is currently chair bound. He maintains he still wants to continue his role despite his setbacks. We wish him well, and on that note I’d like to thank all walk leaders for their efforts this year.
Looking to the future, members will perhaps note sadly the number of blank walking days we have in our Winter Programme. Whilst our current committee have agreed to be more proactive in encouraging offers of walks for subsequent programmes, the outcome rather lies in the hands of you, our members. As a group founder and leader of many, many walks, I would add a final request to those who have not led a walk yet : please don’t leave it for someone else to lead a walk, do have a go yourself. Your offer ,short or long is vital and valuable for us all.
John O

Group Newsletter, Autumn no. 43 here

The Walking Partnership

If you book a walking holiday here or abroad through the Walking Partnership then they will give £10 to our group for a UK holiday or £20 abroad per person. For details click here.

Emergency card
The RA have produced an individual card that they feel should be carried by every rambler in the case of emergency - name, address, next of kin, matron's tel no. etc. To download one please click here.

Post code finder website

Came across this excellent website here that not only supplies any postcode - useful for setting SatNav start - but a myriad of other details all on one site. Find the route between two places (cities, towns). Show route, driving directions, fuel cost, distance, travel time, and alternatives routes. Plus elevation, address - and even toll costs in France. Yes Google does much the same but this seemed to be simpler and presents all the information on one page. Try it.

We're now on Facebook. To reach the page just click on the F logo shown on each of these pages.

Struggling to find the path?

If you're struggling to find the path, contact Somerset County Council,
Rights of Way Dept here.
Or moving pictures on YouTube here.





Ramblers Abroad


2014 P & O Tours in the Bernese Oberland (Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to you). Click here for more pics.


Learn to walk. In case you are troubled which foot to move after the left (or right), don't worry, help is at hand. You can go on a course. Yes for just £24 you can learn Nordic Walking for beginners (advanced course later). Held at various venues across the county you can learn in only six easy lessons each one lasting an hour. And once you've mastered that, why not be an instructor? Yes there's a course to teach others how to walk. This does take, as you might expect, 16 hours spread over two weeks – and must be bargain of the year at £350. (No duckie, you pay them, not the other way round.)  More details on www.learnsomerset.co.uk. Next week: How to tie your laces.
Walk Magazine website can be reached by clicking on the image: Walk magazine Walk Magazine

The Basset Hound Walkers. If you just happen to have one of these adorable creatures and
also like Basset Hound Walkerswalking there is a
group in the West Country that runs 11 walks a year for 5 - 6 miles. 68 Bassets walked at Burnham in February. Details here.