Back to the Midlands

Last week we were back in the Midlands to check on things at our house (thanks again to Laura and Karl for looking after it for us) and to catch up with friends. It was a busy week trying to juggle all the things we had planned to do, but we managed to get the important things done.A couple of afternoons were spent tidying the garden, which was actually in pretty good shape. However, just like in the Highlands, the Midlands had some severe cold temperatures this winter, which unfortunately had a detrimental effect on a few of our plants. Now as we approach the summer season our concerns turn to the couple of remaining plants that we have in containers. Luckily our neighbours, Ken and Dorothy, have kindly offered to look after these two potted plants in our absence. We are so fortunate to have such good neighbours.

We had a really enjoyable time meeting up with some of our friends at the Nags Head in Malvern on Thursday 7th. Needless to say we had a late night! Thanks to everyone who came along to see us: it was really great catching up.

Before we knew it we were getting ready for our return trip back north. It was time to exchange some of our heavy winter attire for summer clothing. I am so looking forward to using lighter-weight walking boots and not having to carry crampons and an ice axe. It will be bliss….

Unfortunately, I caught a tummy bug the day before we were due to leave. It was one of those “nasty but short-lived” bugs. Having recovered after a few days in bed we then headed back to Fort William to sort out the ‘van for the next phase of our journey. Fingers crossed for a dry and sunny summer!!

About Elaine Speirs

Elaine comes from Hamilton near Glasgow and her interests in the outdoor scene began at University. She is a keen mountaineer, climber, cyclist and skier. Her first mountaineering exploit was going up the North Face of Ben Nevis after which she was “hooked” on the mountains. She has also climbed outside of the UK, particularly in the Dolomites, Chamonix and Majorca.
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