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David Sorley posted this on 05th Jul 2011
We’ve been having lots of discussion about health and safety at the Bivouac.
We wondered what you thought of the Gever Tulley and his Tinkering School… We love it!
David Sorley posted this on 30th Apr 2011
One of the many amazing standing stones at Bivouac Swinton
David Sorley posted this on 28th Apr 2011
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This is one of the lovely photographs taken by Giles Smith during our first Bivouac team meeting. The view is on of the north side of the Bivouac Swinton.
Sam Hardwick posted this on 22nd Mar 2011
We now have confidence that the planning decision will be made in just seven days time! – Tuesday 29th March 2011, 2pm.
It has been an incredible journey and this is the next big milestone. We approached the landlords here at the Swinton Estate back in the spring of 2009… now two years ago! Over the last two years we have set up the relationship with Swinton and been in continued discussions with the AONB and the local planning authority. The planning application was completed and finalised in June last year and submitted to the council. We have then been in very detailed discussions with the council since then… the planning application will have been live for nine months when we hear the final outcome.
Although the journey has been incredibly hard work, it has also been very rewarding! It’s very reassuring that the council and their supporting consultees have approached our project with the level of attention and diligence that they have. I genuinely believe that the planning process has refined and shaped the proposal into something even more sympathetic and attuned to its surroundings. The final set of plans are really exciting… they look and feel real… I look at the site and ‘see it’ in its finished form. - let’s hope it goes through! – I can’t wait to get building.
We’ll keep you updated!
Claire Sorley posted this on 10th Jan 2011
You will have noticed The Sorley’s have been away for a while. This can be explained in part by the fact that I know the answer to the questions in my previous blog. Since the arrival of Evie, When I manage to get out of the house, it has taken me approx 2 hours to assemble everyone into the car before hand. Dave and I do “nights in” very well and he might be sleeping through the night, but Evie and I aren’t!
Evie is now almost 5 Months old, she has certainly already made her mark! After a lovely arrival at home, we had a bit of a yukky time in hospital whilst Evie had an operation to correct a bowel problem. A month, and a slot on the local news later (!), we got home, much happier and healthier and the fun began!! We look forward to her being part of the Bivouac journey.
Sam Hardwick posted this on 27th Nov 2010
So… she arrived in June and it was love at first sight! ... however, the MOT was due in August and then my love waned a little.
But the dream stayed alive! – I was looking for the smallest, lightest 4x4 that I could buy… something that would be very fuel efficient and competent in thick snow… I didn’t mind if I had to adapt it a bit.
I settled on a classic 999cc Fiat Panda 4x4. It turned out that it was so cheap because much of the floor had rotted out… yep… we we’re looking at more welding than most garages would do in a year. So I got in touch with my uncle who is a 4x4 expert… he’s got several and is gifted with vehicles… especially welding. After a full weld-up, service, new door, brake strip-down and rebuild, spotlights, Lancia rally alloys and wide tyres (oh, and MOT, insurance and tax of course)... we’re ready for the winter.
I might look like bit of a Wally but I’m pretty sure it is the most environmentally friendly 4x4 in Yorkshire. And the physics of this little beast means that I stand more chance than most when driving over ice to get to The Bivouac HQ!
Sam Hardwick posted this on 02nd Oct 2010
The Go Beyond runners have pitched their halfway station at the end of The Bivouac driveway and we’ve had dozens of endurance runners coming through the farm!
It’s a lovely day here at High Knowle in Yorkshire. I have been out all morning mountain biking and when I came back up the lane there was a running check-in station set up at the entrance to the farm! I’ve grabbed a couple of photos and have checked them out online. They are an endurance running outfit called ‘Go Beyond’ and they are running the Ripon Rowel walk in a day. The guys at the check-in station tell me that the Go Beyond team are checking it out and might incorporate the event in to their annual calendar. - It would be great to see this come through every year. Check out their video too.
Sam Hardwick posted this on 31st Jul 2010
It’s been a busy week here at The Bivouac HQ so I thought I’d jump on my mountain bike and go exploring a little further than the next village… we’ve lived here for nearly 4 weeks now so it’s about time.
I went out of The Bivouac Farmhouse, across the valley and within just a couple of miles I was out on top of the moors… WOW. It was absolutely gorgeous… I can’t wait to get up and running and welcome other mountain bikers to The Bivouac… if you fancy a ride out anyway then get in touch. I’d love to point you in the direction of some good routes… maybe join you if my diary works out. Amazingly, much of my ride last night was in the clouds… it was raining as I climbed into the cloud line and then I was in a gentle mist on top of the moors for most of the ride… on the way back down I encountered SNOW! – Yes Snow… in JULY! Look closely at the picture above and you’ll see it flashing past the camera!
I took the above picture on my Blackberry and this bike ride has killed it! Mist + snow + a jolly good shaking = dead Blackberry. Got a replacement coming any minute.
See you soon!
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