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Summer 2013 - Fruits of our labour

So far, the summer of 2013 has been incredibly eventful! If you click the links that are scattered throughout this article there are photos to accompany each weekend. It all began early May with a camping trip with a few dozen friends to a barn in Roeburndale.

Roeburndale - Tubball to the left, spitroast to the right, hooping in the middle, barn at the back. I feel this pretty much sums up everything about the wonderful weekend at the camping barn. All credit to Mike Whitfield for the photo!

Then, just over a week later I went up to Edinburgh on a spur-of-the-moment thing to celebrate a friend passing his PhD viva.
Edinburgh Uni Kings BuildingsThis is a photo I took of the 'new look' King's Buildings entrance. I guess they had to do something to justify £9k per year, and who am I to say that the money would be better spent on tools to educate the students!

10 days later I submitted the first paper of my thesis to a journal for peer-review and immediately afterwards it was a colleague and friend's wedding at Bassenthwaite sailing club

Bassenthwaite sailing club view - where the view was amazing and the reception dance-tastic! 

A week later I was back in almost exactly the same place for walks in the Lake District with Rose and couple of her colleagues. The following weekend I went down to London via Birmingham to see a few old friends of mine and in particular one who was over visiting from New York.

Muzz_eton_messWhilst there, we had some pretty amazing Eton Mess at the Marylebone Summer Fayre and some truly indulgent American burgers at 'Meat Market'.

2 days later it was Rose's birthday and the day after that we went to Croatia for a week. The day after we got back it was my birthday! About time for a break I thought: so, I took the next weekend off before the following one saw Rose and I back in London to see a whole host of other friends. The next weekend my uncle and aunt were up visiting and the one after that I went to Durham for an eventful reunion of uni friends and an opportunity to relive uni days! A week later I was at Old Trafford for the 3rd Ashes test and the weekend after that Rose and I went to Edinburgh for the fringe.Patrick monahan

The weekend after that was a friend's "welcome back" shindig here in Lancaster, and the weekend just gone saw me trip down to Bristol, again via Birmingham, for a friend's stag do.

There are very few things that would have made this summer much better but getting more work done was probably one of them! That said, I had a truly amazing time and that really is thanks to all the people involved. So, with that in mind, thanks to you all! I hope you all had a good summer too! And are more ready for Autumn than I was for the photo with Patrick Monaghan!

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