Last night we were due to go for an evening stroll from the Navigation Inn in Buxworth near Whaley Bridge.
Sue arrived home from work, damp from her bike ride, and announced that she was staying at home to edit her diving pictures (see some future blog, I hope).
Undeterred, I gathered my kit, winter boots and all, and made it to the porch.
I called Notchy - not at home - he'd already left. His mobile responded though - he hadn't gone far and was on an essential refueling trip. He sounded relieved at the opportunity to go home, and so I retreated from the porch, having escaped washing up duties.
The cats and dogs continued to bounce on the pavement outside whilst I emailed Peter to say we wouldn't be seeing him.
'I don't blame you, it is a foul night' he responded, from Whaley Bridge.
Apologies to anyone who did turn up, but 'you must be mad'.
This post describes the route I had originally planned before shortening it to a more manageable evening stroll.
A Fraction of the Whole, by Steve Toltz, occupied me for the rest of the evening - a much better choice than the G10 camera manual lying alongside it!
In the background The One Show rattled on....in part about the very same book.
What a coincidence! It's an excellent read with a liberal sprinkling of dark humour.
The 'Italian Border Route Slideshow' is coming on apace. Out of 1500 images taken, we shortlisted 500 and have now reduced that to around 160, which should be more than enough for an hour's show. I spent several happy hours today inserting notes into the PPT presentation.
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I was going to say something else here, but, believe me, I can't find the right words.