2018 Round-Up Part 2: Pictures

This is nothing more than a selection of pictures to show what happened this year…

January: Starting the Essex Way on New Year’s Day
January: Rainbow on Dartmoor
February: Still working on the Essex Way. A race against sunset to find a camp spot.
March: Exploring Arthur Ransome’s “Secret Water” with Cath
April: Easter in the Lake District. A circumnavigation of Buttermere.
April: A return to the Lake District for my TGO Challenge warm up backpack, and a chance to revisit Wetherlam after 11 years.
May: TGO Challenge number 2. Suffice to say it was hard this year – sore and overheating feet and undiagnosed asthma coming to the fore on a walk that I ended up doing solo after my walking partner pulled out. Not that this has put me off returning for number 3 next year.
June: A largely dead month due to illness. One attempt to get out resulting in a camp on the banks of the Thames.
July: cracked earth on the Saffron Trail due to the hot summer
August: Dartmoor again, for my first significant bit of backpacking after my illness. This trip supplied many photos that eventually found their way into paintings for my exhibitions in the latter part of the year.
September: Porto, Portugal on a cruise visiting Portugal, Spain and Morocco
October: Solo art exhibition at a London gallery. Works based on walks in Essex, Dartmoor and the TGO Challenge.
October: Eskdale, my favourite Lake District valley.
November: Dartmoor, looking down into Tavy Cleave
December: The day after the night before. A black tie dinner in the Lakes followed by a head-clearer on Loughrigg, including a visit to Lily Tarn.
December: A short weekend cruise to Amsterdam and Hamburg to see the Christmas markets.

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