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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2022 at 17:20
Howard knows Oxford far better than I, but there is plenty of architecture from old churches and colleges to dramatic modern creations. In the case of wet weather there are indoor locations like the covered market, museums and churches. And there are always bustling street scenes and relaxing parks and canal/river walks. Covid has reduced access to some extent, but there is plenty to see and do - and plenty of pubs, street food, restaurants, cafes etc.

It's a fairly compact city and generally on the level.

The only event I know of in the not too distant future is Oxford Artweeks in May - lots of exhibitions of all varieties of art (including one involving Howard and myself among others).

 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2022 at 11:57
This is a positive start, thanks everyone.

I'll start a list and as the plan grows we can expand it. Bob, perhaps a separate thread for this proposed meet?

Expressing an interest so far:

01. bonneville
02. Bob J
03. alanfrombangor
04. mgjsmith
05. Howard_S
06. nandbytes
07. Phil Wood
08. Tricky01
09. IanC
10. owenn01 (+1?)
11. ?

Oxford is looking possible. To make it a worthwhile trip I would consider a one or two night B&B/Travel Inn.

Howard/Phil as this is your stamping ground would you have any suggestions for events, time of year, locations etc?



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 23:43
Oxford sounds good to me. Needs to be a Saturday or Sunday but not too much in the diary yet
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 23:14
I'm interested.

Originally posted by mgjsmith mgjsmith wrote:

I could also do Oxford - great place for photography, coffee and dining.
Not bad for beer either.

Oxford is on my doorstep, but I could cope with further distances.

North Wales would require an overnight stop or two. I'm happy with short notice - though, obviously, there will be times I cannot make.

City visits are probably a safer bet until the weather improves - they tend to have indoor and outdoor alternatives.

I'm happy with weekday or weekend.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mgjsmith Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 21:06
Well, if pubs are involved then its a weekend!!
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I could also do Oxford - great place for photography, coffee and dining.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 20:13
Could be interested depending on COVID situation
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 19:59
Iím up for Oxford and would be willing to organise a walk / pub visit / tour. Iím also happy to visit London and East Anglia, though the latter might involve an overnight stay, I suspect. Similarly Iíd love to be shown around bits of North Wales that have hitherto eluded me, and Alanís list would be a great starting point. Again this is not day trip territory for me, especially if pubs are involved!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mgjsmith Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 18:58
I would be keen to meet up and as I live in South Wales, a trip up North as suggested by alanfrombangor would be good. Nevertheless, I am happy to meet elsewhere within sensible driving distance.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 18:36
I'm familiar with most locations that are within easy reach of home so I'd be happy to include an overnight stay for a Dyxum meet somewhere different and interesting.
A couple of constraints:
1. I can no longer drive.
2. We're hoping for a long cycling holiday in mainland Europe, so will be away for a couple of months if travel restrictions allow.

IanC from Warrington wants to photograph round Llanberis sometime in the winter. Anyone familiar with winter Atlantic weather will appreciate that advance planning would be risky so our idea is to agree a date when we're reasonably confident of acceptable weather. Attractions are:
Lower levels of Dinorwic quarry
Dolbadarn castle
Ceunant Mawr waterfall
The lone tree that's been in lots of photo magazines
WW2 bomb store

There are food/drink options in the village.
Anyone else interested in a short notice winter visit to my outpost would be very welcome
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 17:46
Well, that sounds reasonable to me...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 17:45
So I'll start. (Subject to no travel or meeting restrictions being in place although prepared to accept the a "new" normal may mean some adjustments, like masks etc)

1. Me

2. From late Spring to Early Autumn (better [warmer] weather)

3. Within reasonable distance from East Midlands so could be: Oxford, East Anglian coast, London.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2022 at 17:08
WHO, WHEN, WHERE?

Do you think it is a good time to start thinking about a 2022 UK meet? In March 2020 (was it really that long ago) we were forced to abandon a planned meet that we optimistically described as "postponed"

It may be better to start anew now and, as no-one knows what the future holds for us all, I suggest we hope and plan for an improvement and be prepared to shelve it if that's the way the cookie crumbles. I appreciate that travel across the channel has become more difficult but it has always been a joy to meet up with our mainland European friends and fingers crossed some of them may be able to join, and of course vice-versa. I have watched with envy and enjoyed viewing the fruits of the recent mini-meets in Zuid-Beveland and Dordrecht.

So, to kick off:

1. Who would be up for a meet sometime in 2022?

2. When would you prefer; time of the year, weekday, weekend?

3. Where would you like to spend time with fellow Dyxumers making memories?

Finally, for some inspiration, just look at this list of previous meetings from 2007 to 2021 and please give it some thought.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2021 at 23:02
I find myself at a loose end in North West Somerset on Sunday afternoon and wondered if anyone fancies meeting up. Skies are looking to be clear so was thinking to do some golden hour, sunset (8:12pm), and night sky photography somewhere either in Somerset on enroute back towards Reading. I was thinking to head to the coast between Minehead and Bridgwater, but very happy to be steered differently. For example, Stonehenge wouldn't be too big a dog leg and inspired by @nandbytes recent images, could be a great location.
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