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Mid-length Walking Group

Twenty-three of our group had a really good walk in June. Starting from Woodborough Village Hall car park we set off on the circular Lapwing Walk. This walk is quite short for our group (5 miles max), but we had plenty of time to socialise over coffee in Lambley churchyard and then in our picnic at the end of the walk.

John and I really enjoyed the chance to catch up with as many of the group as possible. We are now looking forward to our next walk, which is on Monday 19th July in Southwell. We will be doing the 6-mile Bramley Apple Walk, led by Mandy and Chris; more details will follow on our group email.

Walking in one group worked well in June and we should be okay to do the same in July.

Sue Tedstone

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Mid-length Walking Group

On May 17th, twenty-five of us went to Gunthorpe Bridge for our first walk for 14 months.
We walked in three smaller groups, which gave us the chance to chat and abide by the covid rules! Our route was from Gunthorpe along the river path to Burton Joyce, returning via the wooded path (5 miles).

We had deliberately planned for a shorter walk than normal, to give time to have a picnic in the field by the river afterwards. However, at 12 o’clock the heavens opened, and we all got drowned; hail stones were even making a big splash on the river. So, the picnic was abandoned!
We’d had a lovely morning despite this. It was good to see ‘real’ people after all this time and everyone is looking forward to the next walk in June.

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Mid-length Walking Group

We had a good Zoom Meeting on Monday; it’s always great to ‘see’ everyone’s faces. We can’t wait to see people in real life again but for now, this is the best we can do.

A big thank you to Greg and Angela for compiling and presenting a 15 question general knowledge quiz. It was very difficult but no-one else knows your score!! Congratulations to Chris West, this month’s winner; she impressed us all by scoring over 10!

It was good to hear where people had been walking and before you knew it the 40 minutes had gone. We don’t normally walk as a group in December but those present wanted to meet on Zoom again on December 21st.

I hope that you are all well and managing to get out for a few strolls.

Best Wishes
Sue

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Walking Group Foraging Treats

On one of our daily walks in Moorgreen, John and I discovered a wood laden with wild garlic. We picked some flowers to add to our stir fry and some leaves to make pesto. I can really recommend the pesto. Store in the fridge.

WILD GARLIC PESTO
Ingredients
100g wild garlic leaves
50g parmesan cheese
50g toasted pine nuts
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Method
Wash wild garlic leaves thoroughly.
Place the leaves, parmesan, olive oil and pine nuts into a food processor and blitz. Add more oil if you want to have a thinner pesto. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.

Other wild garlic recipes (I’ve not tried them though).
Wild garlic is a really versatile ingredient. If you want to enjoy the pure taste of wild garlic you can treat it like spinach and toss it in some olive oil over a low heat. The wilted leaves are perfect in an omelette – or scrambled eggs if the omelette goes wrong!

Wild garlic soup is an easy yet delicious starter. Simply simmer wild garlic leaves, cooked potato and softened onion in veg stock for 20-25 minutes. Add a dollop of cream, blend, and then you’re done.

You could even wrap a fillet of fish in wild garlic leaves and pop in the oven to bake. The leaves are much milder than standard garlic so they won’t overpower the fish. Why not try serving with new potatoes in a wild garlic butter for an extra spring kick?

Sue Tedstone

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Mid-length Walking Group Limerick

We held a limerick competition in April and here is the winning entry from Mandy James.
Congratulations Mandy!!

There once was a U3A group
Who into the country did troop,
Then lockdown put paid
To their fit, healthy ways,
And on wine, beer and chocs they did swoop!

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