Sunday, 11 February 2007


A late night last night in the village, followed by a good lunch in a Northamptonshire stone village gastro-pub. By the time we were home the weather was still quite perky so the new tent was put up and the gloop prepared for sealing the seams; one part squeazy see-through sealant one part thinners. A lethal combination all mixed up in a yoghurt pot and painted on to the tent and groundsheet seams. I finished by the light of the head-torch. It’s out there, out in the cold, at the moment, ‘curing’.

I am in here ‘curing’ with a nice hot toddy on the settee. Lynnie had been busy too; embroidering. She hasn’t embroidered for 29 years but has done a cracking job knocking up two Sue Ryder Care Logos; one for the rucksack and one for my Paramo Velez jacket. I will be the Beau Brummell of the LEJOG.

Lung Update: (You all want to know) the scrabbling sparrows have decamped, leaving behind two vinegar soaked brown paper bags that wheeze a lot. The seam sealant gloop has taken hold somewhere near the bottom of the lung, but this is slowly being forced out by the hot toddy’s fumes.

The Bed & Breakfast planning has only got as far as Midsomer Norton deep down in the south west, and the parcel planning has not yet started. The YHA membership card and handbook has arrived.

I am still having problems blogging through the PDA linked to the phone and so I have a bit of work to do and not much time to sort it out.



  1. Lol! You bought a tent from this man: William!

    Sorry but I'm a bit skeptical of this tent. A lot of American tents don't fair so well in our more humid climate so I'm glad to hear it does seem to be well vented but I'd be interested to see if the condensation is a problem.

    Those Tornado tent pegs look good though. I'm tempted by them myself. Please let us know how you get on with them.

  2. I shall not knock young William's hirsuite style as I may well be adopting the same...

    The Tornado pegs are beauties. They are very slim (thickness) and so slide into the ground very easily, even through our gravelly soil here on the old River Ouse flood plain. They are very broad and so look tenacious. Best I've seen so far.

    As to condensation - we shall see. You must remember that the bulk of the tent is actually a sealed double thickness, the inner being aluminized fabric. It's only the end cones that are single ply. It is a big tent inside and it's only me inside it, and very well vented so, it should be ok.

    I will let you know on the walk how it copes with 'British' weather. And, it only weighs, all up, 2lb 11oz.


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