Daily Archives: March 9, 2014

mind over matter or climbing kilimanjaro

Something I’d like to do some day.

In a Search of Balance

I’ve been meaning to climb Kili for some time now. I’d read it was the most accessible out of the Seven Summits (highest on each continent) and it seemed like a good starting point to going well over 5,000m and tackling some of the other Seven down the line 😉 For a couple of years I’d been looking into a trip down to Tanzania, but the prices I’d found for Kili had been in excess of $2k or even $2.5k which put me off. So the initial plan when we flew in was actually to going for Mt. Meru, which is often cited as a tougher climb despite its 4,565m altitude, quite a lot less than the 5,895m of Uhuru (highest peak of Kilimanjaro).

But as soon as I saw the latter in the distance, I knew I’d set my heart on reaching the top of Africa long ago and…

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Spring Sprung

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One of the things I will miss about the UK will be it’s seasons. This morning I took an early walk around the local area – taking in the glorious sunshine of an English Spring morning.

I love the way that the Milton Keynes Boulevards change from the grey of winter as if a giant artist had dabbed white paint across the trees.


This morning is a real tonic after the dismal wet and rainy winter. It’s been exceptionally mild which might explain the butterflies. I manage to photo the one below ……

20140309-111510.jpg…… But the yellow butterflies never stopped dancing for long enough.

Milton Keynes is far from the concrete jungle everyone imagines. All the photos below were taken within a mile of where I live.