I was only going to be in England for about a day as I’d arranged, what was originally going to be, a climbing weekend with friends in North Wales that weekend. There’s nothing much exciting to report from that day! I drove up to North Wales that afternoon and evening and was the last to get there. Partly that was because I had the furthest to go to get there but it was also partly due to having a lazy start to the day. Which I needed after the last couple of weeks!
Next day say Sarah, Simon and I going for a hike while the others went of climbing. Simon was also having elbow problems and Sarah doesn’t really climb anymore so at least I had non-climbing company. We had a really nice 9 and a half mile hike with some beautiful views in an area none of us had hiked in before. The company was also excellent! I even coped with the uphill OK which was good given my lack of recent uphill experience – Nova Scotia doesn’t have the biggest hills! Photos are here. An enjoyable evening was then spent catching up with friends.
The following morning the weather was, frankly, a bit minging and no one was in much of a rush to leave. Eventually people did start to leave and I agreed to go with Sarah to find a geocache about 100m down an old mine. She had forewarned me about this plan and I had wellies with me! There was a little bit of crawling at the start but it quickly opened out into quite a big tunnel and the cache was pretty easy to find. After that we caught up with some of the others before everyone headed their own way. I hadn’t really had enough of North Wales so after a short while looking around the shops I went for a short hike in the rain. I was rather taken by how attractive Llyn Elsi was, even in the rain, and I’ll have to try to go back on a nicer day. Photos are here – taken on my phone as I didn’t take my decent camera due to the weather.
After a night at my parents I was off again, this time to Edinburgh to see a potential job and have an informal interview. I, informally, got offered the job and I’m probably going to take it but won’t write more here to things are more firmed up. The only down side to the whole trip was Ryan Air! Think I’ll try Easyjet next time I fly that route. And if I do end up on Ryan Air I’ll just pay the extra for extra leg room etc.
After that I was back at my parents where I had a pretty lazy few days. The next thing of any real note that I did was visit Mistley Place Park, a sort of animal sanctuary near my parents where there are some pretty cool animals and where I took quite a lot of photos. Highlights have to be the cool chickens, the colourful grouse and the ferrets. The next day I went and had a barbecue at my brother’s and got to see my niece for the first time. Which of course was wonderful. Even if she didn’t seem to like me touching her. She’d be all smiles looking at me but as soon as I touched her they’d be crying. Still she is only a few months old so I can’t really expect her to be logical!
Next I headed up North to catch up with those climbing friends that couldn’t make my weekend meet and those that aren’t climbers! Nothing too exciting to report although it was nice to catch up with people. Did go for a short walk at Curbar and took some photos, while just about avoiding the rain. Later that week I also went for a walk around the Naze, which is near my parents house. Again nothing too exciting to report, although, again, there are photos. That week I also finally managed to get in a swim in the sea at Clacton. I’d been meaning to do this ever since my parents moved there but for various reasons it had never happened so it was nice to finally get it in especially as they may be moving soon.
I’d arranged to stay at my brother’s the night before I flew back to Canada. They’re about an hour nearer Heathrow than my parents and it would also give me more of a chance to catch up with them and see my niece again – although her response was much the same as before! Next day I was on my way back to Canada. Nothing exciting to report this time – thankfully no car problems! I didn’t get up to anything exciting on the Sunday and then it was back to work. And there ends this post!