29 not out

I made my 29th consecutive Christmas Eve ascent of Moel Famau earlier today, accompanied by Carolyn, her sprogs, and a great dane named Minnie.

Moel Famau, Christmas Eve 2016

More photos here.

I'm beginning to think I might be in a rut. (As in a groove in the ground; not as in what deer get into.)

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28 not out

I made my 28th consecutive Christmas Eve ascent of Moel Famau earlier today, accompanied by Carolyn, her sprogs, her niece, her niece's mum, and two dogs.

On top of Moel Famau

On top of Moel Famau

On top of Moel Famau

It pissed down for the first 5 minutes of our walk, then the sun came out and it was all rather glorious. Am I a jammy git or what?

(As I've said before, you will stop me if this becomes boring, won't you?)

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On the phone

Carolyn's youngest: Mum says she's covered in honey, can she call you back?

There's a major scoop there, mark my words.

Spotted at Carolyn's last Tuesday


(I know what you're thinking, but, no, it isn't an iced bun.)

25 not out

It's that time of year again. So did I make it up Moel Famau for the 25th consecutive Christmas Eve?

I certainly did:

Expedition team.

The Silver Jubilee Expedition team.

An excellent turn out! Irish Mick and Carolyn had a lot of catching-up to do. The last time they saw each other, she wasn't even a mum!

Twenty-five years! It's official: I'm in a rut.

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Carolyn's elder daughter (10) to me (42) on Tuesday:

When I grow up, I want to be a teacher… You can shout at children all day, and you get to eat free toast.

She went on to explain that the free toast is funded from the takings of school fairs.

Before you dismiss this as wild conspiracy theory, I should point out that Carolyn's daughter appears to have inside knowledge: her mum manages the accounts for her school's fair.

This is how it started for Woodward and Bernstein.

What I did on my day off

Opening the treasure chestCarolyn and her three children came to my house for the first time yesterday and it was a very long journey in the car and they had to drive up a steep hill that their mum found frightening but they weren't scared and they were very brave because they went exploring down my cellar with their torches which they needed because someone had taken the light bulb out and they found a treasure map which I had never seen before honestly which was made by Cap'n Braces the Yorkshire pirate and they dug up the treasure which was in a treasure chest buried in the garden under a stone marked with an X and they had to follow some clues to find the key which was down a hole in the patio with bars on it so they had to get the key with a magnet on a piece of string and then they had some orange juice which they didn't like because it had bits in it and then we all went for a ride on the steam train and we ate our sandwiches on the train and then we got a Cranky the Crane from the Thomas the Tank Engine shop and then we went back to my house and we had another drink and then they went home and it took them three hours on the motorway.