Welcome to the official blog for Raleigh India 12I | July - August 2012

Welcome to the Official Blog for Raleigh India 12J September - December 2012.

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Time flies...

Well it’s official. Fieldbase feels like our home. We’re part of the furniture, have chucked out the cutlery and all getting pretty professional at eating with our hands...the right one of course!

So apart from getting to grips with the delicious South Indian cuisine...what else have we been up to? Absolutely loads is the answer and no one can quite believe that we’ve only been here four days!

The logs team (Sally, Tim and honorary member Andy) have been getting to grips with shopping ‘Mysore style’ and making sure we’re stocked up with everything we need. Lou has been out on a few shopping trips as well and feeding Mark’s passion for lamination, making sure we’ve got everything to make Fieldbase run smoothly.

Hannah and I have been meeting the local printers to make sure everything’s in place for the end of expedition magazine and Julia the chicken? Well she’s certainly making herself feel at home and coming in the house to say hi probably a little too much for Sally’s liking!

Julia having a sneaky 'beak' round Fieldbase

And Anthony? Well he’s been doing a recce of the local hospitals and doing a lot of counting to make sure we have enough supplies in the medical kits. A couple of trips to the hospital later to pick everything up and we’re prepared for anything!

One of our local hospitals 

But you know what they say about all work and no play so we’ve made sure we’ve done some non-Raleigh Mysore exploring and I’m pleased to say our collection of skirts, tops and in my case pink sparkly bangles is growing!

 The markets of Mysore
 Quick Chai stop on the way to visit the printers
Choosing some decorations 
Lou making incense in the market

We also had a visit from the Airbus guys who came via Fieldbase on their way to their project. This was a great opportunity for us to put all our training into action, in particular the infamous three bowls!

Andy showing the Airbus group around Fieldbase

In other exciting news our new Deputy Programme Manager, Helen, arrived at Fieldbase today. Helen has just spent the last few months on Expedition in Borneo as their Finance Manager and we’re looking forward to merging her Raleigh experience and ideas with ours and making sure we have the best Expedition ever for our venturers!
Welcome to Helen! Straight off the plane and already down to work!

Tomorrow we’re off for our swim test in a nearby reservoir so I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures of how we get on! 


  1. Hi guys! Great to see you all out there! Can't wait to join you on Saturday,

    Medic Clare xx

    Hi Clare, Hope that you and your books arrived safely! Enjoy the chai. Love Gilly xx

  3. Sally Mountford
    Envy you all the sunshine. Good blog keeping us all informed. Wow kittens in good hands with Sally there.