13 September 2019
Life in the Slow Lane
Alice and I have returned home from our lovely micro adventure to a happy Cameron, who had a great time at home by himself but was delighted to have us back again. Any adventure big or small involves time to prepare and tidy away afterwards, shoehorning that into our everyday lives is not always straightforward something that I always forget when I say yes to these things, I am now studiously ignoring the pile of jobs, teetering like a large messy pile of lanudry, that need my attention.
We went away because I was assessing a Duke of Edinburgh gold expedition, this involves a group of young people completing a four day, three night expedition, unaccompanied in remote countryside. I have to meet up with the group beforehand, to make sure that they are prepared for such a demanding undertaking, and during the expedition to satisfy myself that they meet the conditions that are required of them.
Over my years of being an assessor, the role has taken me to so many beautiful parts of my country and this time was no exception. I found myself in a part of Wales that I have driven round and through in the past but have never stopped and explored. It was beautiful, rugged and at times really remote. The lanes were narrow, the traffic non-existent for most of the time, the rain poured and the sun shone. We got soaking wet and have sunburnt noses!
We saw stunning scenery, walked many paths, enjoyed waterfalls, paused for the changing colours of nature, explored ruinous castles. I feel as if I have soaked up enough beauty to last me a good while.
Our days were largely ruled by the timings of the expedition and my need to meet the group. I have learnt that it is best not to plan our days too much, that if we go with the flow and enjoy where we need to be it is much easier for us all. We stopped when and where we wanted to, explored, allowed time to do what we wanted to, there was no rushing, life at its simplest, pared back. Although it is a lot of effort to make times like this happen the nourishment they provide on so many levels makes it all worth while.
I have come crashing back into life at home, hitting the ground running. But I feel ready and able to tackle anything as my cup has been filled up with the loveliness of having been away. I hope you have had a lovely week too.