I’ve recently come back from spending the weekend with my family back in the Brecon beacons. After on friday, I rushed home quickly to pack at 4:30 to catch the train at 5:35 from Cardiff Central. I spent longer than I should packing and left the house at 5:10 and had to run all of the way to the station. After a long run, I finally managed to arrive on the train platform at 5:36 only to watch the train as it left the station without me. So, making the most of a bad situation I went to Burger King across the road and had a large coffee. The Coffee was good, and Burger King even had a promotional offer of a free mug with every purchase, which was cool.
So I finally managed to get the next train home, and after a 40 minute train journey (£5 single) I was met at the station by my sisters and mum. On Saturday, as my youngest sister ( Meg) had ordered a film called “The Women In Black” off LoveFilm, we soent the afternoon watching that. The film was okay, with a decent story but the tension wasn’t built up very well in my opinion. The main “scary bits” were only a bit jumpy – such as a loud noise would shock you after listening intently to some quiet dialogue. I would rate it about a 6/10 – not up there with the greats, but worth a watch if it was on TV.
The weather was good over the week-end, with Sunday having blazing sunshine. We managed to crack open our archery set at home, and loose off a few arrows. We had great fun, with us shooting a target about 25 yards away. Not many of those arrows hit the target however, but they are made from fibreglass which makes them pretty tough. More practice needed I think… 🙂
Not wanting to miss my train back on Sunday, we drove to Ebbw Vale station at about 4:20 to get on the platform at 4:30 – only to yet again see the train leave the platform without me. It turns out that the inward bound train services on a Sunday are 5 minutes earlier than on a weekday. So having 2 hours untill the next train, my family and I managed to spend some more time together and had a meal out.
On Wednesday, I went to my second clay pigeon shooting event. This week we went up to South Wales 2000 in blackwood, which was a big site with facilities that included skeet, clays and more. There was also a reasonable cafe there which served hot drinks, bacon rolls, – the usual. The ranges were quite busy, with about another 20 shooters not including the university’s club on a very bleak day on top of a cold mountain. I managed to shoot a box of 25 shells using 2 different types of shotgun – a semi automatic Benelli and an over-under Beretta. I preferred the latter, as it kicked harder and was easier to trace the clays with.
Lectures seem to be heating up, with the tutorial sheets coming thick and fast. I should really get round to buying some appropriate textbooks, but I like using the one’s out of the library so there’s no great rush. Things are mainly recapping from a-level in maths, but it’s good to re-practice techniques that I haven’t used since before the summer. We’ll have to see what the rest of the semester brings…