This week has been relatively quiet – my busy months of working every weekend and during the week have come to an end, so I’m now being more office-based and working to build up my business for next year.
I send some letters this week – my cousin moved house, so I sent her a welcome card. My friend Fiona has recently had a baby and is trying to sing to him regularly, and had left some music books at my house about 4 years ago, so I posted them back to her. And my inspiring friend Sarah Maliphant has just moved into her dream farmhouse in Wales, so I sent her a congratulatory card. Sarah was my first inspiration to start my own business doing coaching in the mountains, and I’m so proud of her for following her dreams, paving the way and continuing to inspire me.
The weekend saw a munro-bagging trip with the Jacobites Mountaineering Club. I was lucky enough to have a few lost souls in need of a mountain to climb, so got to choose the not-obvious choices for the 2 days to tick off my last 2 munros of that area. I now have just 50 munros left to complete the whole set of 282, but I’m still 10 away from the 30 I wanted to get this year, mainly due to a hectic summer of weekend working and a weather-foiled trip to Glen Shiel a few weeks ago. Still, Beinn nan Aighenan and Beinn a Cleibh are now added to the list, bring it to 20 new munros climbed.
2 things I learnt this week:
1. I’m an optimist, particularly with the mountain weather and also with a selective memory. While in the pub last night at the Jacobites social evening, I was asked how my weekend was and commented that the weather hadn’t been as bad as predicted and how it was mostly dry, not too windy and we’d had the odd patch of sunshine. This is apparently contrary to how most of the other people on the same walks remembered the weekend – it was apparently rainy on both afternoons, we arrived back at the car wet both days and the ‘sunny spells’ I remember were apparently just times when it wasn’t actually raining and the cloud cover was a lighter shade of grey, rather than sunny. Still, my thoughts are that it’s better to look back and remember all that was good, rather than all that was bad.
2. The collective knowledge of 14 people (and some of their contacts) (and with a small bit of help from Google) is pretty impressive