The last 2 weeks have been busy with yet more DofE expeditions, my Gran’s 90th Birthday party and some time with my aunty and cousins.
From last time’s blog writing (sat on my Dad’s sofa) we drove straight to my Gran’s house in Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons and had a lovely dinner. Dad then returned home, and I spent a week staying at my Gran’s house, and hanging out with my aunty, my 2 cousins and their 4 kids. This involved a 54 mile cycle ride to Hay-on-Wye with my cousin – my aunty has 2 electric bikes which made the hills much easier. This completes one of my challenge items of cycling 30 miles in a day. We enjoyed some beautiful views, and a delicious elderflower sorbet in the ice-cream parlour.
While at Gran’s, we watched a couple of films, but I only needed one more to complete my film challenge, which was Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. This was a 1967 comedy-drama about a young white girl who was marrying an older black man, and was pretty entertaining. I also got to take my Gran out shopping, where we spotted the fantastic, recycled shopping bag with the words ‘Take An Old Bag Shopping…..’ Gran duly obliged for a photo.
Upon getting back, I had a couple of days to catch up on office emails, and then heading out for a 3-day Silver Duke of Edinburgh assessment. This was particularly easy, as I had my car, a good road network interacting with the route, and as it was an assessment, they are meant to be left alone for most of it. I therefore got 5 colouring pictures done while sat in a layby all day waiting for the groups to come through. I also claimed another 2 nights under canvass for my challenge, and finished another book, Me Before You. It’s being made into film at the moment…..tissues at the ready!
Here’s what I’ve learnt these 2 weeks:
- I really enjoy writing poetry, particularly if I can make it funny. None of the airy, fairy nonsense.
- I can’t count weeks in a year.
- At the risk of sounding like an old lady, they don’t make films like they used to. Guess who’s coming to dinner had a cast of about 8 people and was all set in one house, yet it was interesting and captivating from start to finish, without any explosions, or sex scenes.