French frolics

Sometime between crashing in to the gates of Versailles, breaking down in rural France whilst towing, getting saturated in a flash flood, smashing my iPhone, having a water pump failure, and having the caravan broken in to, I managed to make it to a supermarket to carefully retrieve some French sweets. They are currently safe and secure in my bag and barring another unfortunate turn of events will be in the kitchen shortly.

Based on this run of luck I opted to stay away from the very tall cliff edge, but did take my chances in a canoe…
— MIke
 

Camping adventures in Pembrokeshire

Lizzie has arrived safely back from her camping adventure to the Pembrokeshire coast having battled 40mph winds. Here are some pictures from her travels.


Celebrating the big day!

Congratulations to Hilary and Ben who celebrated their wedding on Saturday. Here are some lovely pictures from the day. 


Holiday trip to Portugal and a site visit to Faro JLR!

Here are some of Lizzie's blue sky and sea pictures from lovely Portugal. 

 

Magical Chania in Crete

Pictures of Adam's recent trip to Chania in Crete. He highly recommends a visit!

And these tasty jellies are pretty magical too! A very traditional treat which remind both Adam and his parents of their childhood.  Adam brought a packet in for us to enjoy: one minute they were sitting on the kitchen table - the next - all gone! (Very magical!). 

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Team bowling event

Beer, bowling and banter

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With the Friday forecast set to be the hottest day of the year, we all packed up shop early and walked to the local bowling alley, where cool drinks welcomed us.

Split into teams we all had a go with plenty of banter and chips to spur us on!

 

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Dinner, drinks and dancing to finish the evening

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We are a friendly bunch at SRA!

We are a friendly bunch at SRA!


Chris and Hilary's 'Last Night of Freedom'

Thank you to Lizzie and Matt who organised a fantastic send-off for Chris and Hilary at their STEN do.  

STEN do challenge

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This card is to be completed throughout the evening. Each successful task earns the points allocated in the brackets. The hen/stag with the most points at the end of the evening wins a cheeky prize!

A selection of images from the night

Larger images for impact!

 

Reflections from Bath Boules

Some of my favourite moments

Thanks to all the folks (and cute dogs) that turned up on Saturday and supported Team SRA at a spot of Bath Boules.  Here is a snapshot of some of my favourite moments in pictures and videos.
— Karen
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La baguette love

A good start

Cute dogs (thanks Cristina!)

It's a family match-off!

Celebrations were in order when Family Rich won!

Creative moments with Elle

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It's smiles better in the rain!

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Win some - loose some

Boules mostly egg-cellent

 

2018 SRA world sweepstake

Having been hounded by various parties (Fred and Ewan) it’s time to unveil the 2018 SRA world cup sweepstake!

Previous iterations have proved successful and whilst there is no need for you to get involved it has proved quite fun in the past and I have proposed that perhaps we should use it as an opportunity to raise some money for charity this year. More details soon!
— Jonathan
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Taking part

  • Print off this form and tick one box in each 'pot' (column) totalling 8 countries. 
  •  Don’t worry, you don't require any particular knowledge of football! The seeding system should make sure you are still in with a chance to win!
  • Ewan and Fred have volunteered to coordinate the sweepstake. Please give your completed form to one of them and your your entrance money of £2. 
  • Jonathan will do some work behind the scenes in setting up the spreadsheets and graphs to check progress.
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I hope you decide to get involved, any and all are welcome and at the very least, it gives those of you who normally couldn’t care less a vested interest in the inevitable wall to wall media coverage once the tournaments starts (next Thursday!).
— Jonathan

Bath Boules team event - Queen Square

SRA team day - Saturday 16 June 2018

The Bath Boules Week is a vibrant and fun pop up event in Queen Square, Bath 10-18 June 2018. It hosts activity each day which raise vital funds for local charities including dinners, parties, award ceremonies, talks and more! All culminating in the much-loved Bath Boules tournament weekend. Check out this video to get an in idea of what happens on the day!

Pop by for a bit (or a lot)

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Come and join the SRA team on Saturday 16 June from 9.45am. Grab a drink from the SRA chill-box, have a go at throwing some Boules if you like, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! :)

Please confirm if you are coming

Please can you let me know if you are coming along and bringing anybody with you? It really helps with planning the day and organising nibbles and drinks.
With many thanks!
— Karen

A trip to Cuba!

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Roberto and his girlfriend, Ana, recently went on a trip to Cuba.

Cuba (officially the Republic of Cuba) is  a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.  It is the largest island in the Caribbean, with an area of 109,884 square kilometres (42,426 sq mi).

Favourite places...

If I had to advise someone about the tour to do around Cuba, I would encourage them to visit Habana, Vinales, Trinidad and the Cayo (an island with pure and clear water and beautiful beaches).

Fifteen days is enough time to explore and enjoy these locations, and, if there is more time, I would visit Santiago de Cuba as well! It would be fantastic! It is quite a drive from La Habana. so extra time is needed. It is worth it for the lovely trip, because of the amazing people, incredible places and very nice food.
— Roberto

Enjoy some holiday snaps – (many thanks to Roberto!)

Find out more about these interesting places!

 

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Local arts trail programme starts this weekend!

Celebrating a wealth of the city's creative talents

Summer is coming - perhaps... it's difficult to tell with the weather at the beginning of the week! However, it is supposed to be nice this weekend for the bank holiday, so if you happen to be around Bath and enjoy art,  why not check out the first of the Art Trails starting this weekend; others run throughout May, with one in September. 

Bath Open Studios runs the Trails in Bath. Here's the programme dates with links to the individual websites:

 

How to make classic Spanakopita

YUM, yum! With another great bake-off under our belts (thanks to Adam and Sinead), here is how to make classic Spanakopita: perfect for a pack-lunch, weekend picnic, or anytime perhaps! The picture below is BIG so you can truly appreciate this tasty recipe :O)

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What is Spanakopita?

A Greek savory pastry. The traditional filling comprises chopped spinach, feta cheese, onions or scallions, egg and seasoning. The filling is wrapped in filo pastry with butter or olive oil. Read more about the tradition of this tasty dish here.  I personally liked our bake-off version which had fresh herbs and leeks added to the mixture. 

How To Make Classic Spanakopita

Makes 12 servings

What You Need

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, Greek or another good-quality, fruity variety preferred
  • 1/2 large Spanish or yellow onion, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1 shallot, peeled and diced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, cut in half and grated, any green centers discarded
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 pounds baby spinach, roughly chopped, any thick stems removed
  • 4 to 6 fronds fresh dill, finely chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
  • Leaves of 3 sprigs fresh marjoram or oregano, chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
  • Leaves of 3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 12 ounces(2 cups) crumbled feta cheese
  • 7 large eggs, lightly beaten 

For the crust:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, Greek or another good-quality fruity variety preferred
  • 6 dried or 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 pound frozen filo dough, defrosted in the refrigerator

Instructions on how to make it can be found here.  There are also some useful hints and tips for when you make it for the first time. Enjoy! 

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Apricot & Almond Truffles

No added sugar, dairy or gluten!

This recipe is taken from 'Energy Balls' by Sophie Ryan.

This recipe is taken from 'Energy Balls' by Sophie Ryan.

Ingredients

  • 150g (5oz) almonds
  • 150g (5oz dried apricots
  • 75g (30z) raisins
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon boobab powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated (shredded) coconut
  • 1 tablespoon water (optional)
  • Extra coconut for rolling

Method

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until chunky and sticky. Scoop out a spoonful of mixture and roll it into a ball. Repeat for the remaining mixture. Scatter some coconut on a plate and roll the balls in it. Store them in an airtight container. 

 

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Danny and Sarah in the snow!

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Many congratulations to Danny and Sarah on their recent engagement in Tromso, Norway!

Thanks for sharing some photographs Danny.