Monday, July 28, 2008

Mont Blanc

It is just over 2 years since a group of us from NZ completed the Tour du Mont Blanc. We decided to research it and plan it and do it the NZ way - freedom walking - rather than paying someone else big money to organise it for us. We took 11 days, including 2 rest days en route, and walked all around Mont Blanc, staying mostly in refuges, sometimes in a village or a town, and travelling from France, through Italy and then Switzerland before walking back into France. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, and it stretched me almost to my physical limits. If there was a choice of paths or routes we always took the highest and most scenic (and hardest way) because we wanted to get the most from our experience, and what an experience. We crossed glaciers, climbed over 7 passes, walked through fields of mountain flowers and herds of cows, passed through quaint little villages and enjoyed the most stupendous scenery. It was exhausting and exhilarating.

Scene from the Tour du Mont Blanc

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A great reminder of my wonderful tramping trip of 2 years ago.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

introducing myself

It is very difficult to create a blog without giving away who you are - it makes for very boring reading. How much information to divulge? Oh what the heck, here goes...

I have been a librarian for a long time, a very long time, and I still love it, not only the work but the whole scene - the books, the people I get to meet and my colleagues. I feel very lucky to work in such a happy environment. But library work is only one part of my life. I also love my walking and the outdoors, having adventures while travelling both in New Zealand and the rest of the world, pottering around at home doing bits and pieces of craft work - a jill of all trades, mistress of none. I love being part of the community team looking after our local park, weeding and planting and caring for the environment, learning all the time about our native bush. I also have a very full family life; my family ranges in age from 90 years old to 2 months old, so my help is required on a regular basis. Hardly any time to fit in the reading

Monday, July 21, 2008

Here I am ... finally

After several false starts, I am now starting my journey, not quite kicking and screaming, into the world of cyberspace. How pleased I am with myself. Thanks, team for helping out. More to follow, after I've had a cup of tea and a little lie down.