The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Random Thoughts

Running on the Chase - As we were to be travelling past Cannock Chase this morning, we thought that we would take the opportunity to take a run there. It certainly beat the usual route around the village streets. The heather and fern (well and truly dying off now), coupled with needing to look where the feet were going (contrasted with the predictability of pavements) kept my mind off what I was doing (i.e. gasping for breath). Such was the distraction that for the first time ever I managed to run the whole way up one particular hill.

We didn’t go far and weren’t there for long (time constraints rather than just pure laziness), but it was a good start to the day.

The fog had even burned off by the time we finished, covering us in glorious sunshine.

As I drive through the Chase a few times a week, it’s something that I really ought to do more often.

Shropshire Hills vs. Work - I have two working days to go before I leave my life of sitting behind a desk. In the five and a half years that I’ve worked for my current employer, I have never yet worked on a weekend.

I’m currently torn between going for a walk in the Shropshire Hills tomorrow (the preferred option) or going to work (the sensible option so that I can leave everything in order).

The sensible side of me also says that in two weeks time we can go and walk in Shropshire in the middle of the week, which is surely preferable to a Sunday?

The decision will be made in the morning.

Retail Embargo – Not Going Well - The enforced retail embargo that accompanies the leaving of my job could be adjudged to have had a bad week – except that I have a good excuse.

Magic money!

That is money that one did not expect to receive and which one is thus permitted to spend frivolously.

Not that I would necessarily call frivolous a titanium pot that will fit the Bushbuddy inside, nor the waterproof overmitts that will further assist the cold hand problem (buffalo mitts are made of magic, but I think that waterproof overmitts will assist further).

National Trust - We have also this week joined the National Trust, by way of an early anniversary present. The plan was that it will mainly be used to save on parking fees, but we may also have a stint of visiting grand houses and browsing their grounds. Apparently our membership card will arrive within 6 weeks. In the meantime, we’ve got a ‘temporary card’ that we were able to print from the website, which will last for 4 weeks. Anyone spot the potential issue with their timescales there?


  1. Hi Gayle.
    I understand the 'retail embargo or not' thing! There is always something, that you NEED. ;-)
    I recently bought a bushbuddy ulta and had been mulling over which titanium pot to get - the FireLite SUL-1100 or the Snow Peak Trek 900. Which one did you go for?

  2. Hi Mark,

    I've bought the Tibetan 900 pot from

    It seems remarkably light (which makes me concerned that it will be so thin that food will catch) and seemed a good price (compared to my MSR Kettley Thing at least) at £27.

    Hopefully it will arrive tomorrow. I'll post more about it once I've tried it.

  3. Any news on the Tibetan 900? Does the bush buddy fit well?

    Thanks Ben in Tasmania, Australia