Simonside is my favorite location up in Northumberland. Its hills are steeped in history and full of rock art. In all the time I've been visiting this place I have never grown tired of it. I've spent one night up in the hills before, but have been planning a solo overnighter for a while now. A simple set up-just sleeping bag and bivvy with a simple inflatable camping mat-no tent or basha: a proper over nighter exposed to the stars and the elements. Its the first time i had used this mat and it was surprisingly comfortable given my back issues. I didnt sleep much after a thick mist came in and soaked the bivvy and the hood of my sleeping bag. I slept a couple of hours though, around the early morning. The dawn was stunning. All in all a successful trip and proof it can be done on public transport-3 buses in from Chester le Street and a hike in from Rothbury. Next on the list is an overnighter up on my favourite walk-Wyndy Gyle, then a winter bivvy back at Simonside. I may look at the possibility of trying St Oswalds Way before I start a training course in Sept.
Fencing kit for sale. An Arming Jacket. Its a little stained from being in storage, but I have only worn it once.The burgundy dye used in the leather ties has run. Frankly, I think it looks great, really authentic.I do not have the laces for the arms but they are easy enough to source. Its labelled as XL but I would class this as a large as its a little tight on me. These are retailing in The Knight Shop for over £100. I'll let it go for £50. I also have a pair of steel gauntlets (large) and a pair of leather Kali (large) gloves for freeplay. I have not used either for fencing and they are both in mint condition. £20 for the Steel and £10 for the Kali.
The Wicker Man remains my all time favorite movie. I love its eerie charm, its beautifully written characters, its wonderful performances. Its utterly unique. It seems that some footage, long considered lost, has been located and now features in what is being called 'The Final Cut.' I cant wait.