Annabel's Hen Weekend - August 17th - 19th, 2012

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Court Meadow Barn, near Usk, our home for the weekend
Katrina discovers that there is a wine cooler, and proceeds to fill it
Hannah arrives early and helps us to prepare for the evening
Bob joins us on FaceTime and has a tour of the accommodation
Scones and clotted cream
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The view from our front door Katrina waits for Annabel to arrive Here they are at last Katrina, Hannah, Bell, Danielle and Sally
We make a start on the
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Note the goody bags Sally with a sparkler from her goody bag
Danielle has one too... ...so does Lucy
There are bubbles too
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Don't get bubbles on your lovely dresses
Settling down in the living room after our meal
Very comfy settees...
Sally looks settled Annabel Cox - This Is Your Life
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What a fun evening
Danielle tries out a potential wedding hair style for Annabel
A good first attempt at Lisa and Katrina join Annabel and Claire for coffee and a chat on Saturday morning Breakfast on Saturday morning includes excellent bacon butties
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Hannah waits outside for us all to get ready for We stop at the Sloop Inn in Llandogo for a pre- ...where Beth joins us
The The
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The Hen is dressed up for her outing into the trees
The Hen is dressed up for her outing into the trees
Sisters When did she get so tall?
Aren't I lucky?
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Paying close attention to our instructions Getting into our harnesses
What on earth do I do with these?
A little adjustment to the Hen is required
This is serious stuff
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Claire concentrates hard Lisa has done it all before, I think
No, you are not supposed to attach yourself to Hannah, Bell
. Danielle waits for us to get ready before taking up her camera duties We pay close attention
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Annabel is the first to do the test We all have to do this...
...before we are let loose in the trees
The whole group watches Off she goes
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Hannah's turn...
...then Sally...
...followed by Lucy
Sally Finally, Katrina and Lisa have a go
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Easy peasy
We all pass the test...
...and head off into the trees Beth shows off her circus skills
Annabel is a bit more cautious
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She's getting the hang of it now
Go, Bell
Waiting before the drop and swing into the net
Lucy makes it look easy
Bell gets there after a bit of persuasion from the ground
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It is a lot faster and more scary than it looks Lisa hits the net at speed
Hannah takes it in her stride
Claire just lets go and hopes for the best Beth does this stage in her own way
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Sally is a bit more conventional
So is Lisa
Bell, Sally and Lisa That's the way to do it, Beth
Lucy
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Annabel Hannah Lisa Claire hanging on for dear life What a doddle
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Beth is very casual about heights
Having a chat with the ground
Our ground crew took brilliant photos. Well done Sally and Danielle

Sally and Lucy climbing up for the next stage
Sally
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It is a long way up - or down
Danielle doing her job of taking photographs as part of the Ground Crew with Sally Beth and Bell up in the air Beth makes this look easy...
...it is actually the hardest stage of the whole lot
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We all struggle...
...though Sally looks very competent
Waiting our turn
On to the next stage
Coming into land on the zip wires is fast...
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...and great fun
Bell in the trees
Sally Beth does this with style
Beth
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Bell Making contact with Ground Control Sally Hannah, Claire and Katrina Hannah, Claire and Katrina
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Towards the end, everyone's confidence is high
Look no hands
. The last and longest zip wire - how is that for style? Go, Beth
Beth coming in to land
Lucy in disguise...
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...almost down...
...whoops
Bell loses her veil on the way down
Ah, it's back on again now
Sally
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Another one bites the bark Hannah A recurring theme? Text book stuff - the white T-shirt stays clean Not so, Lisa...
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...or Katrina. Such fun Look at the dirty and clean backs We've done it. Well done,Team Annabel Cox We get a certificate each to prove it Back at the Hen House - sorry,  Court Meadow Barn...
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...we all change into posh frocks Katrina prepares the mozarella and tomato entree Claire puts the Eton Mess... ...into wine glasses Pretty dresses. Well done, girls
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Dinner is almost ready
Beth rustles up some Pimms
There is sparkling wine too
What a lovely bunch of friends Annabel has
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Sally looks thoughtful Hannah relaxes in the lounge after our meal...
..so does Lisa
Katrina organises a When the music stops, a
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..or a funny story told
We each get a turn...
...and then move on to Bella's Cool Cocktails Only three recipes, but lots of ingredients
Bella does the mixing
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This takes concentration Look at the pinny Which one is she mixing?
Katrina has the recipe book, which was in the This is a Singapore Sling
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Good stuff Lucy has one too
We all have a taste


On to the next one
What a fantastic weekend. Thanks to Katrina for micro-managing it and  to everybody for making it such fun
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