One of the advantages of a good local pub is that even when you are not in it, you get added to a list...
The local in Coleford, The Dog House MicroPub is not the sole reason we moved to the area, but as with all the pubs in the area it certainly helped the decision along. The Dog House has no keg or draught lager, between 3 and 6 real ales straight from the cask, the same amount of ciders and bottles as well. No music, no TV, no wifi and no mobile signal so the only option is to talk to the others in the pub.
One night a few months ago when I was out for work, Debbie was in the pub and by the end of the night my name was on the list for the pubs entry into the Monmouth Raft Race. Only 6 1/2 miles down the River Wye on a Sunday, sounded ideal. Then the stories of being egged and flour bombed from the bridges en route emerged, along with the realisation that 6 1/2 miles was actually pretty far.
I could bore you with all our team talks, practice sessions and tactics but there were none. At 12 noon last Sunday we were still not sure the raft even floated, let alone be secure enough to get us to the end... Instead, some pictures of what was a great day out - and at the end we all agreed to do it again next year - I blame the beer for that decision.
However, with no training or noticeable skills we came 13th out of 99 with a time of 1hr 40 - so the 90 minute mark is within shot for next year. Also raised a lot for charity and had a cracking party in the Dog House on Sunday evening.