Excessive travel, even by my standards over the last two months have resulted in a neglect both of mountain walking and cultural events. The former I hope to correct with some intensive sessions in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia over the next six weeks; I have a new ice axe to play with so the latter maybe a better focus than the former but that involves longer drives. I really need to try and get another couple of sections of the Welsh Coast Path done but the days are too short for long distance work, so better the abruptness of height and the exhilaration of ridges. I'm also going to be in Edinburgh for the new year and have negotiated one day for the mountains, still trying to work what is the best day trip from Edinburgh, possibly the Ochil Hills but all ideas are welcome.
In respect of culture I have ended up compressing one play and two operas into three successive nights. The first of those was meant to be a family trip to see Electra at the National Theatre but ended up as a solitary visit from which I have just returned. The excuses of the family in descending order of validity were:
- I have to earn some money by waitressing at a closed party for a leading member of the UK Racing fraternity
- I have something arranged with my girlfriend (hidden message, we are now separated post University so time together is previous)
- I want to see the final of Strictly Come Dancing, originally disguised...