Monday, 17 May 2010

I could See for Miles and Miles and Miles and.............

Two friends and I took part in the Big Black Mountains Challenge on Saturday. We were rewarded with fantastic views (and sore leg muscles!). We followed Route B which was 29km long and took in 4 peaks. Unfortunately, I had to stop after 3 peaks (due to a weakening left leg - the result of an underlying medical condition and nothing to do with my fitness, which was really annoying) as I thought it would be unsafe to continue. My friends refused to leave me and gave up the chance to finish the course! We then walked up the road (instead of the mountain) until we got a mobile signal and phoned my OH who came to pick us up and take my friends back to their vehicle.
Mistake No 1 - My friends had taken part last year so when they walked out of the car park at the start and up the road, I followed them...............until we realised we were going in the wrong direction and had to turn back to follow the correct path (while acting as we passed the course marshalls as if we'd meant to do that all the time!! Why they didn't tell us we were going the wrong way in the first place, I don't know!).
Mistake No 2 - When I decided to give up, my friend (who had done the course before, remember) said that the 4th mountain was only added last year and that, if we walked up the road we would eventually get to the finish......................After a couple of miles we WE CONSULTED THE MAP, decided we were on the right road and continued to the nearest village which is where we got the phone signal. We found the village on the map and it was the opposite side of the mountain to where we thought we were and when we rang my OH he was an hour along the course, in reverse, to meet us!! However, he was lucky enough to know one of the marshalls and got a lift back in the ambulance before picking us up.

Quite an eventful day all-in-all but well worth it for the views!! I'm sure we could see for 10's of miles (if not hundreds!) from this view. The weather was dry and mostly sunny with a strong wind in places which was cold.
I'm afraid I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked. After a while, taking photos was the last thing on my mind! My lovely OH cooked me some tea when we got home and I sat in front of the TV and, for a couple of hours, did nothing else (which is unheard of for me) except watch, Dr Who, Over the Rainbow and Britain's Got Talent (until I recovered a little and finished knitting the dishcloth I started the other day).
I've photographed it on the bathroom sink because it could also be used as a flannel. The pattern I used is from Homespun Living and I'm looking forward to trying the new one she's promised soon.
Here are a couple of bits I've got on the go. Above is my second Dresden Plate block for my quilt-as-you-go quilt (no, I haven't finished the first one yet) and below is a birthday present cut out ready to sew. It looks quite grey here but it's actually blue check.
I really wanted to take part in the Great Giveaway being hosed by SewMamaSew today but time ran out on me and I've missed the deadline. I had great fun taking part last December so I hope they run another one this December. I can still enter them though :-) and there are some great prizes on offer. Hope you win something if you enter (hope I win something!!).
Bye for now
Teresa x


Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

hello: Good luck with sewmamasew's giveaway.
I hope to win somwthing.
Have a nice day.

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wayside wanderer said...

Love the gorgeous picture of the view, Teresa. Wow! And what a sweet friend to stay with you. Sounds like an adventure worth remembering! Love the pattern on your dishcloth, too! Hope you have rested up!