Sunday, 27 April 2008


Here's a photo of our first grandchild, Kezia Maia, at two days old. All well but this will probably be the last mention of her on this blog until she's joining me backpacking.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

A result

Further to yesterday's posting, I'm free to go to the Backpacker's AGM today! Kezia Maia arrived this morning at 7.10am, only 12 days late. All well. Will go over to Cambridge to inspect after returning home on Sunday.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Backpackers Club AGM weekend

Am looking forward to this event at Ashford-in-the-Water, near Bakewell, on 26/27 April, particularly the ultra-lightweight gear that will be on show in the village hall. It's been too long (February) since I last used my tarp and the weather is now warmer although the weather forecast is for some wet. I think it's certain I'll be going; the only possible hiccup is the fact that my daughter was expecting her first infant on 13 April. It still hasn't turned up and she's booked in to be induced tomorrow, Friday. She's thoroughly fed up, tired and wishes it were all over, having had a difficult time over the last nine months, what with the worst possible morning sickness and having been on crutches since January suffering from spd which has been painful. My wife will, of course, go and inspect the infant when it arrives. At the moment, I appear still to be able to head for the Peak District.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Digital TGO

Well, after a little bit of bother and a couple of 'phone calls, I've just received the May issue of TGO. Had I continued with my paper subscription, I'd have had it a couple of weeks ago. Still, I should have the June issue in a couple of weeks so that's the upside I suppose. Well, how is digital? I'm impressed actually and although not everyone will necessarily get on with reading on screen I don't have a problem with it and it means that future issues shouldn't go walkabout around the house. My reason for going digital is because I don't like throwing this type of magazine away and I have Trail going back to 1990 and TGO for the past couple of years. It's all getting a bit too much and there is the occasional rumble of complaint from SWMBO. Among the magazines I scanned bits of and then disposed of a while ago were some issues of The Great Outdoors (TGO's old name). It was a very different magazine then. Roger Smith would remember it well (he mentions "the old days" in the current TGO). The articles were very different and so were the people who wrote them; seemingly a very different generation. I recall one in particular where the thumbnail photo of the writer showed a middle aged chap in a woollen cardigan, shirt and tie. Of course, that may have been Roger Smith (if so, I apologise) but times have certainly changed and for the better.