Not a particularly ‘extreme’ weekend … night navigation, dinner, and eBay … weird or what!
Laetitia’s ML assessment is fast approaching so we took advantage of perhaps the last day (and night) of summer weather and spent Friday night trying to get lost on Loughrigg Fell above Ambleside … we failed … again! However, we did see a massive female deer (we assume it was female as it didn’t have any antlers and the rut must be nearly upon us?). What a beautiful creature, nearly as big as a pony and yet far more graceful. Sorry, we couldn’t get close enough to get a photo, the flash on our compact camera didn’t have the range and all I got was blackness.
On Saturday we had to spend most of the day tidying the house ready for our evening guests – all the way from Australia!
Steph is back in the UK from Canberra catching up with old friends. So to mark the occasion we held a small dinner party for Steph, Paul, Ian, Anna, Laetitia, and me. We ate one of Laetitia’s famous slow-roasted belly pork dishes followed by Eton Mess, and some fancy hand made chocolates brought along by Anna.
Steph was looking great and on top form – it was hard to see any change at all despite it being, I think, four years since we were all last together. Anna & Ian are super trim these days from all the running they are doing (obviously amazing, from a climbing point of view, for the power-to-weight ratio but maybe not so good for the head?). We even talked about Richard & Rachel’s fell-running adventures, assuring ourselves that they will ‘walk’ the Bob Graham Round next year given good weather and a date with maximum hours of daylight… Lets hope they do and then go on to take up what is more likely to be an actual challenge for them – the UTMB. Surely that is their game-plan with the Bob Graham being a qualifying event for the UTMB?
Sorry no pictures of the dinner! 😳 Pretty inexcusable really, not only to miss the chance to snap the ‘gang’ but, compounding the error, no pictures of the desert (‘cake’) or chocolates either! 😮
Steph will be back on an aeroplane back to Australia by the time this article gets posted. Shame, it was great to have the old gang together again if only for one day… 🙁
And what of Sunday? Well, after Steph and Paul had left us heading home to Barnsley, I continued my recent eBay campaign. I’ve evn got my blue badge…
And finally, I’m having none of this lack of pictures of Eton Mess, so here’s one I prepared elsewhere… 😉