Adrenalin junkies in Sussex

At last, the sun shines at the right time, and we’re heading out of London to the gorgeous Ashbourne estate in deepest Sussex for some team building exercises! Little do I realise how gun-toting, finger trigger happy my colleagues are…

Believe me, she’s grinning…

I’m not sure who is more excited, girls or boys, about getting hands on some big guns. And of course the competitive nature comes to the fore. Especially as we get split into teams and starting popping at the clays.

This girl’s done it before…

Frankly, if we’d been shooting at real pigeons they would have been pretty safe, we missed most of the clays! But we look good!

Cool glasses are a must!

Glad we have someone to show us what to do

Breaking the gun

Ah, the sartorial decision (sunglasses) vs safety (earphones)… For Caroline the simple option is both!

Neil explaining how he missed the last one.


So once we’ve done shooting it’s time for a pic – work out who’s posing the most with his/her gun….

the gang.

(and another one who likes to pose!)

no messing around here!

Ashbourne estate is a beautiful spot. So, after lunch we are going to get a chance to fly fish the lakes around about. Heres the view:

A stunning location

Fly fishing is all in the whip hand, apparently. The important bit is the pull back – get the fly high, and then the cast will sail out beautifully into the distance.. Now I have to give that a bit of practice, but some are better than others. Here’s Linda who, having read Fifty Shades Of Grey is pretty proficient with the whip action.

Here’s the lake she’s meant to be casting into. Quite a big target you mght think…

obviously you have to avoid the lillies…

The trick is to look behind you, check the space first, then cast. Linda forgets this, and promptly hooks a squirrel in the tree over her shoulder


Actually no-one did manage to land a fish. Too hot was the explanation – they go deep and hide away. But a fantastic day had by all. And given the weather we’ve had in England I would definitely take a sunny day over a drizzly one where the fish are rising.

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