Today marks my return to the world after being in exile in the Lakes for the last 2 weeks. It’s been a good couple of weeks hanging out with family, friends and the mountains. Week 1 involved lots of rain, a small cottage in the Southern Lakes with Mum and Dad. In week 2 I headed up to Keswick to a larger cottage, which involved lots of sun, and some sitting in a tent on the UCCF stall for the convention.
Highlights in no particular order:
1. Amount of books read. Here’s the list.
Bit of a Blur- Alex James
The Shack- William Young (yes I loved it, no it’s not perfect or the Bible, get over it…)
Touching the Void – Some mad mountaineers
Liberating ministry from the success syndrome- Kent and Babs Hughes. (better than the WA incident)
The Outcast – Sadie Jones (random novel, not really sure I’d recommend it…)
Utopian Dreams- Tobias Jones (Read this now. Go on.)
2. Mountains climbed, looked at, walked past. Top 3 walks in no particular order:
Traipsing up a mountain pass with Dad through the middle of the Lakes, finding hidden valleys, the rain finally stopping and the strange figure who looked a bit like a character from Hound of the Baskervilles sweeping round the mountains.
Climbing up Catbells on the one blue sky day. Having it all to myself due to the early hour and seeing all my favourite sights on the drive home.
Climbing Great Gable with my brother, singing stupid songs, the moment the mist went to give genius views across the fells, the Lord of the Rings referencing and the general joy of coming home after a good day in the hills.
3. Moments that made sitting on the stall more fun:
Actually, there is only one of these but it kept us amused for the entire week. We were sat opposite the stand for an organisation educating people about drugs and alcohol abuse. They had some genius goggles to simulate vision whilst hammered. Cue hours of endless fun as time and time again people tried to walk in a straight line, shake someone’s hand, high five and catch balls. Most of the time they failed to our great amusement. You have to understand, it was a very quiet week on the stall…
4. The Birthday surprises of Roz, Mark, Jo and Tudor turning up in my favourite place in the world. Nice one. And discovering turning 30 really isn’t so bad, but it may warrant a blog post all of itself…
5. The general hanging out with lush people: Mum, Dad, Mark, Roz, Karen, Emma and others.