So I haven't had a chance to get back to volunteering so far this year. I'm gutted about it really, I've been looking forward to going back! I've been doing a lot of overtime as my boss has had a few busy weeks, and when I would finally have been able to go in last week, Nick and I ended up stuck in the car for 3 hours due to an accident 4ish miles ahead which blocked the road completely and the snow which fell as they were clearing that up. Snow has not been my friend over the past few weeks!
Thanks to the snow I have had a bit more time at home and have been knitting away though! I've been playing with patterns in a book given to me for Christmas by my bosses, The Knitting Book, which is absolutely fantastic! I don't know how I lived without this book in my life before now! However, now I have it, I've made my first lace square and started on my first bit of cabling. I will post photos when I get around to taking them! My knitting assessor is very impressed with my lace work too.
I have been climbing a bit over January as well. I went to K2 for the first time a few weeks ago and I'm looking forward to going back, though my weekly sessions are still at Stanley Deason. I'm hoping to go to the one in Shoreham at least once a month too, my climbing partner goes on a Friday evening but due to my working hours being flexible on a Friday (and on the one day I left before 6pm it snowed) I haven't been able to go yet!
I've also made the decision to not partake in the DofE Gold expeditions. I thought about it a hell of a lot and really didn't want to make this decision to be honest. My health comes first, and my knees especially have been getting considerably worse over the past month which I didn't expect after having such a good period of time with my joints. But I knew I'd be risking it if I chose to do it, and I think I've probably made the right decision, even if I am disliking the decision right now! I have finally accepted that I do have limitations.
I will be continuing my 'training' though and my long walks, as I love them and I've already met a good group of people from it.
Cross posted to my D of E blog: nsayadi DofE