Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Frozen


Today was the first class in our course: Archery for Beginners. In short:

  • Patient teachers
  • Great fun
  • Harder than it looks
  • I am the class duffer
  • An open field on a Spring evening requires many more layers of deep-winter clothing than we had thought. A brazier and a hip flask might have been good too.

I am so cold, even though I've been home for a couple of hours now, that I can bear it no longer and am going to bed with a hot water bottle. I may have frostbite....

Here's a picture of one of our group, A, shooting her first arrow. By the end of the class, she had almost hit the tiny cross that marks the dead-centre of the target.


We go back for more next week, but this time we will be prepared for that biting wind off the fields. Where's my thermal vest?

14 comments:

Anne said...

I think I would have been shivering so much that my arrows wouldn't have gone anywhere near the target!

I've been cold all day!

the veg artist said...

Will you be having lessons outside even if it's raining? (Just showing what a wimp I am!)

judy in ky said...

It's cold here too... much too cold for May. I am impressed by your daring and fortitude. Now go get warm!

Karen said...

Come to Greensboro! They are offering archery lessons at Lake Townsend Marina and right now, as I type, it is 8:00 pm and 74 degrees. No brazier required.

flwrjane said...

I thought it was sunny and warm there? Are other British bloggers trying to make us jealous?

By now you're sure to be warmed up and asleep. Cold? Bring a lab to bed with you!

xo jane

Clare and Gary said...

I could of done with that bow and arrow to shoot me some red necks at Gatorland today... although it was toasty warm !!

liZZie said...

Would you like me to put your name down at Dunster Castle for when they do reinactments?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I stood outside on a ladder , painting the sittingroom windows for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon , and could hardly move when I came back in . The wind was icy .
Perhaps you should have been using those blazing arrows so popular in Westerns .

Preseli Mags said...

There's archery on the Nintendo Wii Sports game. We play it indoors in the warm in front of a blazing fire.

I'm seriously impressed with your proper archery though. I had a go once and it's hard (but fun). I hope it's a bit warmer next time.

HAZEL said...

You may turn into a dangerous blogger now...armed and blogging.

jabblog said...

Well done! My aim is so poor that I'm a hazard to anything within a radius of two yards. I never know where the Kong will land . . .

BumbleVee said...

Oh, but, there is sunshine at least...and as the weeks progress... should warm up a lot.

It makes me want to get out my bow and fire a couple of arrows into the side of my garden shed or something.... I haven't shot for so long I would love to come to your class....... damn!!. So far away.

elizabethm said...

I've always fancied having a go at archery. Very impressed that you are really doing it! A hip flask and a thermal vest sound like standard archery kit to me.

Anonymous said...

Any day with no fatalities in Archery I is a good day.

Happy arching.....Steve

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