Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cabin Fever?

Ah the wide expanses of the great indoors, mmm I do believe that I am actually getting cabin fever. Just last night Lucy was warming herself by the fire and as I glanced at her from my incumbent position on the sofa and for just a few seconds she looked like a wild boar roasting away on a spit! It was all I could do not fetch my carving knife and steel!

Seriously though I am becoming restless, I seem to healing slowly (to bloody slowly) but, as Clare keeps reminding me, I can’t afford to take on to much or else I could find myself taking more time to recover and that’s one thing I don’t want. After having probably one of the most active outdoor years for a long time (kept my hand firmly down when the overtime sheets came around!) it’s really bugging me for it to finish off in this lackluster manner. I’ve got a few small projects lined up for the garage to ease my way back into it, so hopefully it won’t be too long before I can get started on them (as long as Clare’s in work that is), but for the moment everything is on hold. I may possible offer up some kit reviews on a couple of pieces that I wouldn’t be without whilst ‘out there’. It’s something that I haven’t tried yet but it might work or then again it might fall flat on its face.

Something for me to look forward to is that I’ve volunteered to be a contributor on the NWWT’s website, adding my thoughts on, and highlighting the virtues of, their many wildlife reserves around North Wales. For me the pleasure will be two fold, firstly it will take me to areas around North Wales that I may not have considered in the past to visit to observe wildlife and secondly I’ll be able to combine this with blogging, which I have found to be a great way of communicating with like minded folk from across the globe.

Other plans for next year include climbing Ben Nevis, Snowdonia and several other peaks using the gaps in my new shift rota to full advantage. My friend Jim has suggested going halves on a Canadian canoe and using it to explore some of the Scottish lochs combined with perhaps some wild camping, he’s also suggested ‘kite buggying’ (something Jim already participates in), and I quote “just for a laugh”. Mmmm don’t know about this one but hey ho in for a penny…. Along with my ever increasing garage project list, my outdoor adventures, the occasional tale on Tails from the fish, and a reconstituted rear end it should be a full and active new year to look forward to. Now if I could stop climbing the walls…..

12 comments:

Mel Moore said...

In the end (pun):), you will be better off healing up. I am sure that everything happens for a reason and the next time your out in the woods or hiking around something will occur that will be a magical moment for you as it was intended for you to be there at that time.

Murphyfish said...

Hi Mel,
Your right, what will be, will be. Thank you once again for kind words and support, your visits are appreciated and are always looked forward to.

Regards,

John

Le Loup said...

In regard to healing. We use a soap free Bath soap! None of those nasty added ingredients you get in ordinary bath soaps. Has vit-E in it and other vitimins. Believe me, it made a big difference for me!
Also if you have trouble with healing you can break open a vit-E capsule and use that as a cream. Vit-E promotes healing.
Le Loup.

Emily said...

"to explore some of the Scottish lochs combined with perhaps some wild camping" That sounds like a lovely idea. I look forward to reading about these adventures in the future.

Murphyfish said...

Le Loup – Thank you for your sage advice, I’ll be sure to take it onboard

Emily – Thank you for stopping by, the Scottish lochs and surrounds are truly a beautiful area for being ‘out there’.

native said...

Highly anticipating a visit to some of the distillery's there John.
Although my favorite is a 30 year Highland Park, my wife brought back a 15 year Glenlivet which you can't find here in the States, that I will surely bring back in as much quantity as will be allowed.

Oh! and the camping and fishing sounds great too!

Have a very merry (and healing) Christmas!

Murphyfish said...

Hi Native,

I must say that I’m rather partial to a wee dram or two myself, especially at this time of year (unfortunately I’ll have to wait for the antibiotics to finish at the moment!) and Glenlivet does have its plus points.
Thanks for stopping by and the very best of the season to you and yours.

Regards, John

Wolfy said...

Murphy - you'll be back to normal soon enough - listen to all the sage advice and don't push it. All the critters will still be there for you when you're ready.

Happy Holidays

Wolfy

Murphyfish said...

Hi Wolfy,
They'd better be! Seriously thank you for your comments, always appreciated and looked for.
Regards,
John

Wandering Owl said...

Sounds like you have some big plans! Take good care so we can see all that beautiful landscape that you'll be visiting.

Murphyfish said...

As always Owl, thank you for your comments. Did I not mention, care is now my second name!
Best Regards,

John

Le Loup said...

I rarely get cabin fever, always too much to do. Repairing trekking equipment and clothing, doing chores, reading books, researching on the net.