Monday, 19 May 2014

Kinder Scout - in GOOD Weather!

I've been up Kinder Scout on the Grindsbrook Clough route three times in 2 years (and 2 weeks. Exactly)

The first time was 3rd May 2012: my first ever fell-walk. It looked like this:


aka. When I tried to impress the guy I liked


The second time was last November when the Yeti and I wandered up for my birthday celebration; it looked like this:


Which was simultaneously scary and awesome

We then decided to (finally) go on our second (!) hike of the year on Saturday. And it looked like this:


Apologies for the pin-hole effect. I got overexcited with the 'art' function on my camera...

So we finally had the weather for it.
Third time's the charm and that.

A proper update, and something documenting this hike, is in the pipeline.

I hope you've all been making the most of the weather.
So sunburned...

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Back at Sea Level: The Amazing Month


I am currently in the middle of critical negotiations with the Yeti regarding when we can next go up a hill.
You'll be glad (or indifferent) to hear that thanks to my powers of persuasion (that is, pouting lots and threatening to withhold creme eggs), it's looking like our next hike - the second of the year - will happen next Saturday.

So until then, I figured I'd show and tell you a little bit about what's been going on of late...


I seem to be really good at Aprils. 

It was April last year when I had a week with my best friend, saw a band I'd worshiped from afar for years, went to London, Liverpool, and Manchester, discovered Fancie, met Sam, started dating Sam, got PhD offers from everywhere I'd applied to, got funding offers from nearly all of them, and then fell in love with Manchester Uni (though it wasn't until May that I accepted their offer).

 I had an amazing time over April this year as well - in addition to an important birthday and anniversary (see below), I got a new camera (and spent an inordinate amount of time playing around with it), I spent more time with the Yeti than I have done since I moved away, and I got to pester squirrels on a beautiful day in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Ok it's not PhD offers, but it was still the best month I've had in a very long time...



The Yeti had a birthday and is finally approaching 'old' territory. We had an awesome day consisting of a Fancie brunch, lots of food, an awesome night out with some of the gang, and staying up til 5am with friends and cider playing Cards Against Humanity. 
Plus I won Girlfriend-of-the-Year by getting him a ton of his favourite sweets and a trial flying lesson.

Booyah.



At the end of the month, the Yeti and I went to York to celebrate our 1-year anniversary. We looked around the National Railway Museum (which I kind of enjoyed. Shockingly), ate delicious food, drank gorgeous cocktails, laughed at people on TV (we used a TV! How novel!), went shopping, and attempted to walk a teeny bit of the city walls. Awesome stuff.




On the anniversary itself we traveled back to Sheffield (after getting thoroughly rained-on) and then ventured over to Fancie - which holds a lot of significance for our relationship, especially the early milestones. The meal was out-of-this-world delicious (and filling), the milkshakes were gorgeous, and then the pièce de résistance: I'd commissioned a small cake from the bakery which Sam & I love so much with the lettering "Panda + Yeti".

It took us 3 days to eat it. And it was gorgeous.



Since then it's been back to reality with a bump. A week of seminars, presentation prep and random inadvertent early mornings have meant I've not done much in my spare time beyond stare longingly at Sam over Skype and worry about uni stuff. But seminars are now done, I've written up a gym schedule, and tomorrow I return to the land of the treadmill and on Monday to the office.

July - and with it the Lakes holiday - is fast approaching, and so I'm a woman on a mission to (1) not get felled by a fell, and (2) get enough work done that I don't spend the holiday crying because I can't download any journal articles when I'm 8 miles away from wifi/ phone signal/civilisation. 

In between all that, still trying to go up a few more hills, and Sam prepping for exams, it's going to be a busy couple of months.

65 days to go!