My review of the year July – September 2014

Halfway through the year and July my birthday month. The weather was fab and managed to get a few more Wainwrights ticked off.
July

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Finishing another Wainwright book the central fells.

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July saw my eldest stepson Dean and his girlfriend move into their first flat together. We donated our old sofas so were looking forward to our new ones arriving.

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My birthday, another year older but someone last week thought I was only 30! Had a lovely meal in Bowness with my family. Got the train but fell asleep and woke up in Preston! The £80 taxi ride back at midnight didn’t feel so lovely, but we can we laugh about it now!!

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I collected my new car, it’s such fun to drive and here’s the boring bit *whispers it’s more fuel efficient!

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I discovered that I’m not too old for a play suit thanks to the nice lady in Oasis.

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I caught up with an old friend whilst on my travels in Cheshire. I’d not seen Stephen for about 15 years. A very brief catch up and a promise to do it again soon.

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My school friend Rich came up for the summer beer festival at Staveley. Friends Stu and Paula came too and was a very fun drunken night. We’d been the previous night with the Byrnes and Edmondsons just to make sure the beer was ok !

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August
It was a very damp start just like last year. A rainy Sunday was a perfect day to finally see Life of a mountain. A truly beautiful film capturing a year in the life of Scafell. The Lego exhibition was on at the same time in the Rhghed centre so have a quick look.

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The damp theme continued for Kendal Calling. It was so wet at times that I cried in my tent I wanted to go home. Glad that I didn’t and buying a posh loo pass was the best £20 I’ve spent.

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The wainwright obsession continued. We met Derek who joined us on Bessyboot.

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Ray, Gary, Dave and I did a huge Kentmere/Mardale mash up, a 14 mile marathon walk.

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This just left Rest Dodd and The Nab to do to finish the Far Eastern fells, which we did the following weekend.

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Sad family news my Auntie Mo died suddenly which meant an unexpected trip south. Silver lining was I got to see my gorgeous niece and nephews and pay a visit to my dads grave.

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September
The first engagement of the month was a fancy dress party. I think I can pull of the whole nun thing though it was said a have a bad habit! A brilliant night at the Wilsons and £1600 raised for charity.

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September saw my eldest stepsons girlfriend Aimee turning 21. Oh to be 21 again….

Ibiza bound, fell in love with the island last year. Was a brilliant holiday, Jake (my youngest)and his friend Millie came to join us. It saw us see David Guetta, Duke Dumont, parasail and ride a bucking broncho. Just love the island and hoping to revisit again this year.

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Moved Jake back to uni after a year in industry. Couldn’t believe how much stuff he had!!

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Being in London meant we could visit the poppies at the Tower. They are just breathtakingly beautiful.

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A few more hills ticked off first in the Langdales.

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Then to Wasdale to do the last of the Southern fells. The weather deteriorated during the walk. I had a health scare that week so wasn’t really in the best frames of mind.

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Final instalment coming soon…,,,


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