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The weather this weekend is cold! But unlike the past several weekends that have seen brilliant winter climbing conditions in Scotland there’s a strong wind and almost blizzard conditions prevailing outside right now! All this despite the fact that it should already be early spring-time rock climbing season. This weekend last year it was nearly 20°C in the sun at valley level and we went rock climbing on Gimmer Crag. Lets hope the long, cold, and late winter in 2013 means we’ll get a long, dry, and hot summer!

Birthday

Oh well, putting the weather aside, I guess it’s lucky in a way that the poor conditions are this weekend as we had a birthday party to attend in Derby, my Mum’s. We like parties – they mean cake! :yum:

Yummy birthday cake!

Yummy birthday cake!

All the family couldn’t make it due to the heavy snow. My brother was stuck in West Yorkshire and my older sister in the Isle of Man, so it was a smaller gathering than normal.

Despite the cold weather, we decided we needed a walk in the park, and because there was snow, that meant taking the sledge.

Saskia and Laetitia happy in the snow at Darley Abbey Park

Saskia and Laetitia happy in the snow at Darley Abbey Park

James

James

Oliver

Oliver

Nick gives James and Oliver a mighty shove down the sledge-run!

Nick gives James and Oliver a mighty shove down the sledge-run!

Pauline, Bob, and Saskia try to keep a very small poodle warm in Derby's siberian Darley Abbey (sledging) Park

Pauline, Bob, and Saskia try to keep a very small poodle warm in Derby’s siberian Darley Abbey (sledging) Park

Oliver, Saskia, Pete, and James get stuck in to all out snow-ball warfare!

Oliver, Saskia, Pete, and James get stuck in to all out snow-ball warfare!

After working off a few more calories, we went home for more cake :yum: , more tea :yum: , and eventually home made curry :yum: .

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