So anyway, the plan to visit Dartmoor in a couple of weeks time has been defeated by the British Army. I should have looked at the bloody firing schedule first.
Then I thought, I'll go in November!
Then I thought, bugger that pour un jeu des soldats. Dartmoor? In November? It'll be dark!
So I've replanned stuff. Depending on the 2010 firing schedule, I'm now planning to go in June or July 2010. And in the other June and July 2010, the one where there's a month when I don't go to Dartmoor, I'll nick off to Brecon or somewhere very similar for a week.
Which leaves the problem of what to do with my empty week in September.
You could decorate the dining room, I hear you say. Or at least I hear a voice in the distance, possibly the wilderness.... maybe the kitchen.... No no no! I have to make the best of this glorious summer weather wot they're having somewhere else other than wherever I am...
Section 16 calls. This is not part of the Mental Health act, oh no! It is, in fact, part of Scotland. The bit of Scotland, in fact with the Ochils and Fife and those little hills on the right as you come out of Glasgow up by Loch Lomond. A neglected area for me. So Section 16 it is, then. Five days of relaxed Marilyn bagging. I'll find a campsite in the middle somewhere - probably near Perth, I shouldn't wonder. I'll do some sleeping and read a book. And I'll kill a bottle of Old Lochaber in the process. It'll be fab, and its only just up the road.
And, whilst we're planning things for 2010 - I've had a hankering for a while to walk up the middle of the Isle of Man. So I'm considering this for a pre-TGO Challenge practise wander in April 2010.
Its always good to have a plan B.
For those who offerred help and suggestions for the September Dartmoor trip - I will be in touch. But not just yet. I'm really very grateful, but it just wasn't meant to be. I should have gone last month instead of wherever it was that I went....
Where did I go? Did I enjoy it? Have I returned? Which bits of equipment did I lose on the way?
And have I any physical or mental damage from the experience?
Hopefully we'll get another long, hot summer in 2010 just like this one (koff!)
Sorry about this rambling post, it's just that I'm supposed to be on a bat walk with Darren, but it's chucking it down in Co Durham and we thought the bats might not come out in the rain, so we didn't go.... Y'see - this is my point about making plans....