Saturday, 21 June 2008


Well I have moved everything out, apart from what I need for my last night here. I've loved this flat, it originally was meant to be for me and Lex to live together in, but even though that didn't work out I've enjoyed living alone for the last 6 months. I've learnt alot about myself during those 6 months, after all you need to be content in your own company before you can be content with others.
Anyway, slightly later than planned here are some photos from my trip to Canada. By my reckoning I was 12 or 13 here, and it wasn't really a typical family holiday! We went to canada for 3 weeks to do a mixture of backpacking and sea kayaking. The sea kayaking photos have got lost in the email ether, but I do have the backpacking ones. I'll post the kayaking ones sometime soon. We spent 5 days walking the Juan de Fuca Trail on Vancouver Island. We carried everything we needed, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food, etc. with us. As you can see from the photos below even though my Mum and Dad carried alot of things my younger brother and I both had huge rucsacs too. My strongest memory about this trip was that it was hard work, but the forests were also spectacular.
I also remember the bears! We were camping on beaches quite often, one morning we woke up hear large thuds, when we all poked our heads out of our tents we saw a very large black bear flipping over stones to eat the small crabs underneath, when we looked in another direction we then saw her 2 cubs. If you know anything about bears you'll know that this is not a good thing! However as there were 7 of us, and we were all in tents there isn't really alot you can do. We all stayed put, watching her being completely oblivious to us, eventually getting to within 10 metres of us before he decided that she'd had enough for breakfast and ambled off. Certainly an experience to remember!

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Wiped Out...

What with all this comment leaving, finishing off my PGCE, and packing to move house I'm finding very little time to write on here, when I do find time I'm left with writers block.
After a rubbish start today (I had to have my first day off sick from the course) I perked up a bit, which was lucky as it was the last Rainbow meeting of the year and I was then teaching climbing yet. I think the day off might have done the trick, I now feel like I can make it through the next couple of days, it was starting to get to the point where I could no longer concentrate and was just in a dreadful mood. After a bit of time to regroup 'm ready to battle on, though a session of moving boxes this evening has left me ready for bed!
On that note, I'm off to bed, come back in the next couple of days for a post about sea-kyaking and backpacking in Canada when I was 13.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Happy Fathers Day

Now my Dad doesn't read here, but my Mum does, and I'm sure she'll show this to him when they get back from holiday.
My Dad is wonderful, we may have our disagreements but that is because we are too alike, we both have the same personality traits that mean that we sometimes find it hard to get along. However I love him dearly, and I know he loves me to, and is proud of everything that I've done.
Between him and my Mum they have taught me so many amazing things, given me chance to see so many wonderful places, and made me realise that life is better if you try and help other people instead of just looking out for yourself.
Thanks Dad.