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  • #16
    Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

    I visited the Forest today and although the buttercups are showing they are someway yet from peaking, so the original date of Sunday 25th May is probably still OK. The National Trust are promoting the "Buttercup Season" in the Forest as late May/early June.

    However, they are unpredicatable flowers and much more of this fine, sunny weather mixed with a few gentle showers could still accelerate their progress.

    So I will leave the date as it is (many people have to plan a trip well in advance anyway) but if it looks like the buttercups are going to peak early I might add another impromptu meeting (probably on Saturday 17th May) for those who can make it at short notice.


    Early buttercups at Hatfield Forest today (4th May).
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    John

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    • #17
      Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

      The buttercups seem to thrive on the sun and showers we have been experiencing during the past week and are now really quite advanced. I expect they will still be good on the original date of Sunday 25th May but they may well peak next weekend, although it is hard to predict. I therefore propose to stage the meet on the original date, especially as many of you may have planned specially for it, but also run an alternative day next Saturday, 17th May.

      Anyone wishing to attend both will be very welcome, but it will give others a choice of days and maybe attract a few more members who can't make 25th.

      It will be helpful if those who are interested could indicate which day(s) they are planning to attend. Here is the list of members who have so far expressed interest:-

      E-Group

      StephenL
      andym
      Anne (maybe)
      PeterBirder
      sapper
      The Saint (maybe)
      Imageryone (maybe)
      Willom (maybe)
      maccabeej
      MargaretR

      Four Thirds User Group

      Ian
      Graham
      PeterH
      Barrie and Anne

      DPnow

      Mikej


      Here are some pictures I took yesterday, in far from ideal light but they do give an indication of how the buttercups are progressing.






      View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

      John

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      • #18
        Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

        Hi John. Next Saturday might be better for me, so count me in (touch wood!). Peter H

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        • #19
          Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

          Just a reminder that Iím hosting a meet at Hatfield Forest tomorrow (17th May) as well as the 25th. The buttercups do appear to be at their best right now but hopefully will still be good next week.

          Meet in car park at main entrance at 9.00am (I can do earlier if anyone is up for it).

          Note: Parking charge by ticket machine £5.00, or £2.00 if you arrive before 9.00am.

          If you need to contact me my mobile is 07772416988.
          View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

          John

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          • #20
            Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

            Fingers crossed with the weather John.

            Regards. Barr1e

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            • #21
              Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

              Originally posted by Barr1e View Post
              Fingers crossed with the weather John.

              Regards. Barr1e
              I've got my toes crossed too!
              View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

              John

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              • #22
                Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

                I was a bit worried about the heavy rain we had yesterday afternoon and the potential damage to the buttercups, so first thing this morning I paid a flying visit to the Forest to check the situation. I'm afraid the flowers are now past their best and it is clear that they did peak around last weekend, with the heavy rain clearly not helping.

                However, the good news is that the buttercups are still in pretty good shape and are still present in abundance, certainly well worth a visit.

                Here's a picture I took this morning with my XZ-1 compact. Other shots from my visit can be viewed here: http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum...ad.php?t=13613


                View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

                John

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                • #23
                  Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

                  Here is a revised list of members from this forum and Olympus E-System User Group who are intending to come or are possibles.

                  Me
                  andym
                  Anne (maybe)
                  sapper
                  Imageryone
                  Willom (maybe)
                  maccabeej
                  MargaretR
                  Graham
                  PeterH
                  Barrie & Annie

                  Just to remind you, the aim is to meet in the car park at the main entrance just before 9.00am but let me know if you will be arriving later as this can be accommodated.

                  Car park charge £2 if paid at ticket machine before 9.00am, £5.00 thereafter. Members of National Trust and National Trust for Scotland free.

                  If anyone is keen enough to want an earlier start I can arrange to be there.

                  There are toilet facilities and a cafe within the forest.

                  If you need any other information let me know. Looking forward to meeting you all, some for the first time.
                  View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

                  John

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