Yesterday was one of those golden days that come along now and then. It was - for me - an ordinary working day, yet it was just great from start to end. Much of it was spent researching and choosing hymns for our upcoming harvest service which, because there was no real urgency, I could take at a leisurely pace and play around with the order more than I sometimes do. I went home for my 'break' with a sense of accomplishment.
After tea it was back to church for our Monday Funday quiz night. There were 16 or 17 of us there and a great time was had by all. I played the part of 'pointless assistant' (score keeper) and we were entertained by rounds on the history of our church, name that carol tune, name that hymn, Biblical arithmetic, whose pet?, who am I? pointless knowledge and - the piece de resistance - 'would I lie to you?' Gales of laughter swept through the room as various folk demonstrated their ability to spin a good yarn (especially the one about the nativity set knitted from leftover yarn and the one about the ballet lessons with Sascha Popov...)
All in all, a grand day.
Today I am heading off to meet a friend to be 'dragged up and down some hills' in final preparation for Ben Nevis this weekend. I really hope the weather improves between now and then, though having looked at the forecast, it is far better there than here. The organisation of this adventure has been meticulous - with mountain guides and medics on hand to ensure the 'shepherd and the ninety-nine', as I have mischievously named the 100 walkers, get up and down safely. No adventure is risk free, and sadly in recent weeks someone fell to their death from Ben Nevis, but if nothing else the last couple of years have taught me to carpe diem - seize the day. I have friends who have successfully and safely climbed Ben Nevis on a whim and I like to think I am a sufficiently experienced hill-walker not to take undue risks (plus anyone who knows my irrational fear of edges will know I am VERY cautious at times).
So, a soggy and blustery day in prospect - but hopefully good fun too.