15 June, 2010
I recorded some podcasts for Bob as I bimbled across Scotland on the Challenge, but I’m fairly sure that the recording I made at Alan and Phil’s second cheese & wine won’t make the cut and so I thought I’d do something with it myself, since it was such a fabulous evening, and I’ll never forget it.
Many thanks to all of you cheese & winers for a wonderful time, as well as to all the rest of the people I met on the various drunken adventures that occurred in the second half of my 2010 Challenge ♥ ♥ ♥
For a larger and better quality version, btw, take a look at it on Facebook here.
2 June, 2010
George's video evidence...
Ooh! More catching up has revealed video evidence, on George’s Londonbackpacker blog, of the last dance at the Moorfield Hotel in Braemar on the middle Saturday of the Challenge.
What fun it was! Thanks, George, for preserving the moment ♥
30 May, 2010
Now that I have my darling Piglet home (she sends lix, btw) I’m spending a happy afternoon trawling YouTube for some of the things that helped me run up the steep, steep hillies and get through the long, cold nights.
Here are a few of them: some of the ones that accompany me on every walk. Happy memories!
There are lots more but I’m sure that’s enough for now.
Well, almost. Here’s my favourite ever walking song. This has been the accompaniment to many a secret boogie on a high hill, far away 🙂
29 May, 2010
Caburn crossing the Derry Burn
I’ve put a bunch of Chally pics up on Smugmug: here. If you take a look then I hope you enjoy them 🙂
28 May, 2010
Breakfast at the wonderful Hungry Highlander
I’m home at last. What a long train journey it was!
I’ve walked about 212 miles, but haven’t yet attempted to work out the ascents and all that stuff. It was great fun. The washing’s in the machine, the tent is drying in the garden, the cat has been fed and tomorrow I’ll go and collect wee Piglet. How fast it all went.
12 May, 2010
2146: Wednesday night
Not a lot left to do, now.
1. Cascadas arrived.
2. Have arranged to have Recolites sent to Oban. Major kudos to the mind-bogglingly helpful young woman at Run For It in Glasgow!
3. Rucksack almost packed.
4. Tent dry enough.
5. Charging phone batteries now.
6. Boxes sent.
7. Jacket and smock drying downstairs, post reproofing.
8. Most of the train tickets packed. Still haven’t decided whether to shell out £12+ extra for train from here to Preston, or whether to take the coach. Tim and Kate will be on the train.
Still have to:
1. Finish packing train tickets.
2. Tidy the house, which looks like a bomb site.
3. Have dinner.
4. Make sandwiches for tomorrow.
6. Make the mic cover. Ugh.
I may make the sandwiches now, and cook dinner, and then go to bed. Get up early for a tidy round. This is comparatively organised for me…
The good news is that Daddy’s even *better* in his new place now than he was a couple of days ago. When my sister and I visited today he’d been down to eat with the others (!) and was sitting in a lounge chatting with them!!! He said to us, “I think we’ll keep this place.” 🙂 Less than a week ago I simply wouldn’t have believed it possible. Whoohoooooo!
12 May, 2010
Have woken to an email from http://www.wiggle.co.uk telling me that they’ve only just packed the order I put in on Sunday, so my Recolites won’t be arriving in time for the Challenge. That’s a blow. When I’ve bought stuff from them in the past it’s always come the next day.
This highlights a problem with couriers. I’d happily have paid extra for ‘next day’ delivery but I couldn’t because for that Wiggle use a courier. I have to wait in for a courier because if I miss them I have to make a 60+ mile round trip to collect the things, whereas if I miss the Royal Mail (or whatever they’re now called) the depot is only 10 minutes away by car. I therefore don’t buy things from people who use couriers. Since Wiggle have always been excellent on delivery in the past, and their standard delivery method is Royal Mail First Class, I took a chance, but it didn’t cross my mind that they wouldn’t even *pack* it until Wednesday! Sigh…
May look for some in Glasgow and send the Wiggle ones back when I get home.
So much to do today, but I’d rather stay in bed. I’m tired.
11 May, 2010
8pm Tuesday evening.
1. Piglet delivered. She ran screaming with joy towards her Mummy 2, and disappeared into the house without a backwards glance at me. Unnatural little wretch…
2. Maps have come.
3. Waypoints loaded onto the GPS.
4. Books loaded onto the MP3 player.
5. Clothes in the washing machine.
6. Second dehydrated meal still drying. First now bagged.
I reckon I’m getting there 🙂 I’m going to have Happy Beef Burgers for dinner, and catch up with Great British Menus. Bliss!
11 May, 2010
1. Camera case has arrived.
2. Paramo have promised to send my Cascadas by Special Delivery this evening for delivery tomorrow.
3. Have bought 4 books from http://www.audible.co.uk: (i) Lion’s Head, Four Happiness; (ii) A Short Walk From Harrods; (iii) Stirred But Not Shaken, and (iv) Father Joe.
4. Have realised my train isn’t going from Southport, but I’m expected to get a coach to Preston! Bugger…. wondering whether to buy ticket from S/p to Preston, now, or just put up with it. Will ring Tim and Kate and see what their tickets say.
5. Must leave for B/ham in about 30 mins. Would therefore be a good idea to get into the shower.
6. The dehydrator still doesn’t seem to be putting out the usual volume of hot air, but at least the mixture has begun to dry out. Phew!
7. Got GPS going with the PC, finally, and updated the firmware to get round the year problem that Gibson alerted me to. Phew! Will do the waypoints later.