Frustration


It’s official. June was the dullest on record. I don’t know about you but I’m getting a weeny little bit pis*ed off with all this rain we’re having.  Of course if you’re reading this anywhere else other than the UK you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. It seems as if Summer in the UK may have been restricted to a couple of days back in April.
 
Luckily I had a week out in Majorca with my wife. I saw some Sun and got a good dose of vitamin ‘D’.  I also did lots of snorkeling which was just fantastic. I love just floating there being surrounded by fish. That was 3 weeks ago and it’s been raining here in the UK ever since.  …and so frustration.  I’m desperate to get out camping and just do some ‘stuff’. Last weekend was scheduled as a ‘families’ get together on The Gower peninsula in South Wales. Sun, Sea, Surf with a kayak trip and some sea cliff climbing thrown in for good measure. 
 
We cancelled the ‘families’ part and while the wives and kids stayed at home, dry and warm, the lads had a couple of days up in Snowdonia instead. Last Saturday Phil and I did a kayaking trip down the Menai Straights that seperate Anglesey from the mainland. The tide times were just right for a 9am start to carry us up on the flood to the bridges and then out the otherside on the ebb. We met up with some guys from NSWK which made the trip more enjoyable. There were some choppy, testing, conditions and a strong headwind at the finish which all added the the experience.
That evening we met up with friends, sank too many beers and chatted late into the night (as you do). Sunday was spent body boarding at Black Rock sands. I donned my ‘gimp’ hat in the surf to keep warm. Nigel was there kite surfing and "getting some air".  Despite the miserable weather we were having a good time playing in the surf. Phil tried out the potential new toy which lifted both him and Paul off the ground and unfortunately he ended up cracking a few ribs on landing…
 
This weekend I’m supposed to be doing an open canoe trip down a section of the River Severn with some of my sales partners. 100 deligates fly in this weekend for a technical conference. The groups outfitter has said with the river 10 feet higher than normal it’s unlikely to take place…
 
Surely the sun must come out soon…?
 
 

About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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