A very belated update

I have to apologise to my readers (all five of you!) I have been incredibly remiss in updating this blog. Since moving to the north I have had a number of mini adventures, have discovered the woes and pains of kidney stones (I seriously do not recommend it!) and explored a little bit of Manchester and its environs – though not half as much as I would like!

A quick precis of the last few months goes thus:

I move from Cardiff to Salford in April – where I discovered (it appears at any rate) it rains even more than south Wales. Over the last few months I have met some rather fabulous people and caught up with good friends who I have not seen in a while! I have even started a book club, but I’m a bit behind this week – I may even add some reviews to this site if I get back I can get myself back into the blogging habit.

The #7girls3peaks team post Cadair Idris

In June, with the rest of the #7girls3peaks team (we were 8, but there was a late drop out) completed the Ty Hafan Welsh Three Peaks challenge. It was hard work – not least because I was still suffering from the tail-end of a rather nasty cold and the conditions were difficult. However we succeeded in finishing in just over 16 hours and we were not last! Huzzah!

Alas, soon after I ended up in hospital with suspected kidney stones and an infection – this knocked me for six and rather ruined my “get fit for summer” plans a bit. I was laid up ion bed for a couple of days – and I had to miss Ali (and the rest of team Deryn’s) Borgen in the Bay event. I was to say the least gutted.

At the end of July I turned 28. I had a lovely family get together back in Cardiff and wandered around Caerphilly’s Big Cheese with Clare. I even, despite my high levels of natural cynicism, got caught up in Olympic fever like the rest of the UK. A brilliant few weeks of entertainment, especially Murray’s well deserved win over Federer in three straight sets in the men’s singles tennis final. Beautiful.

In the last few weeks I’ve visited Edinburgh during the Fringe (something I have always wanted to do), staying with Jim and catching up with Karen and her beau Tom. A great weekend involving the Foodies festival, a trip to Rosslyn chapel, a climb up the Scott Memorial and two excellent – but very different – stand up gigs. Expect a selection of pictures soon!

Train, Lake District

Over the long weekend I went on an impromptu trip to the Lake District. I’d never been before and, despite the torrential weather, it was every bit as beautiful as described. I stayed in one of the friendliest and best value B&Bs I’ve ever had the pleasure to lay down my head in – Meadowbank in Ambleside. During the weekend I went on old-fashioned lake ferries, a steam engine and I visited Dove Cottage (home for eight-and-a-half-years of Wordsworth) and Hilltop (Beatrix Potter’s first home and ‘office’). I have every intention of returning, especially as I have finally got round to renewing my National Trust membership.

Work-wise, last week the BBC Religion and Ethics new index went live, and my first by-lined piece for the site was published. It was, and is all very exciting – please do take a look if you have a few moments spare.

This mostly brings us up to date, I know I have skimmed over a lot – but I believe I have flagged up the important points, not least the promise of future photographs… I have even set up a Flickr account to show off some of the larger images I have taken – keep your eyes open for ICE stitch posts for panoramas and experiments.

Jayne out.