Yesterday I was suffering the pain after a long late night at the lecture in Findhorn it had taken its toll and I had to get some additional pain relief as my operation is still causing problems. I hate taking pills but have to just now and even the we walk was cancelled yesterday. It was a slow day and the pills kicked in by mid afternoon but nearly needed more after the sad Rugby result. Pete had a low-key day as the weather was pretty wild and ran away surfing/ shopping to get away from my moaning! He had a great day yesterday and at least the house is full of sweaty wet climbing gear and clothes again. Pete was checking his gear and getting ready for his next adventure, was I jealous ?
Pete and Jimmy had gone into the Cairngorms the day before and had a reasonable climb in the Coire an t-Sneachda, is separated from the skiing area by a ridge known as Fiacaill Buttress on the aptly named Rampant and at least I enjoyed the tales of the day. The weather, the snow, the ice, the people they met, the corrie was full of local heroes. They even met Ted Atkins up with a Army Expedition who are off to Everest this year. Ted was the leader of our trip to the North Ridge in 2001 and is one character. The climb was fairly sheltered from the weatherand the boys had fun as only a day in the winter mountains can do. Pete was very pleased with his new climbing gloves * bin mens” at £15 and he was waterproofing them on the bread board yesterday but I could only watch in horror of the food safety implications. Pete was “in the land of Pete” and far away engrossed in his gear fixing. He then used glue on some broken gear again on the cutting board I ran/ hobbled away in my world of pain relief and mindless TV. I know understand how crazy climbers are. Please do not try this at home please?
Later that night I felt better in my haze of pills and we decided to watch a film that Yvette and the girls had bought me. It had great reviews and was filmed in the Highlands in places I love and even texts about it from friends I know in Torridon who had seen it in the mobile theater. Gairloch “We found the wonderful beach in the film, thanks to a relation of Andy’s, who pointed us in the right direction,” “We went on a recce around Scotland in February and saw a lot of wonderful beaches on that coast. That’s our most spectacular location,”
I loved it ” so many lessons in life ” for us all and the effect adults can have on kids development. The stars are the scenery and the kids and Billy Connelly being himself is great. I loved in and cried with laughter and I think Lexi is building a raft for grandpa Heavy as we write. Billy Connelly is dying of Cancer and the kids come to see him who are in a marriage that has deteriorated and full of arguing and daft adults. Family problems abound as each is in their own selfish world but the film is excellent. Even Pete stopped texting his true love and put away his climbing gear for this and watched it was an enjoyable night. It is already a cult film for us sentimental Scots but well worth watching how daft we adults can be and how life is for living and loving those dear to us. There are some great phrases that I will have to learn for answers to questions kids ask!
I got so many kind words after my chat at Findhorn I cannot thank you all enough.It was a great night and hopefully Outfitmoray raised a bit of cash to let some kids enjoy the wild places and learn about some of the great things we have on our doorstep.
Billy Connelly Quotes
I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives.”
“There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter.
My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.”
“You’ve made a happy man very old.”
“The great thing about Glasgow is that if there’s a nuclear attack it’ll look exactly the same afterwards.”
“I’m a huge film star… but you have to hurry to the movies, because I usually die in the first 15 f—ing minutes. I’m the only guy I know who died in a f—ing Muppet movie”
“Scotland has the only football team in the world that does a lap of disgrace.”