Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

It all sounds a bit insane down in Belfast tonight.  It is a bit crazy here but with Belfast being so tech savvy it has a constantly updated twitter feed #belfast.  My favourite was when someone tweeted that they were going through a scary landing at the city airport in a prop plane in gale force winds as they saw all the lights of Belfast flicker (I nearly spelt that flickr, oh dear).  Scary end of the world stuff.

A pupil came to me today with a cake made by her mother.  It was to say thanks for giving up our time at the weekend to take her daughter up into the mountains.  I have to say I was impressed.  This was no ordinary thoughtful gift, this had time and effort and chocolaty goodness in it.  It went down well with the teachers in the science department.  Some of these teachers took no part in the weekend but we let them enjoy it as their post event encouragement seemed to flow easily.

It is hard to imagine that only a few tents were the shelters only a few days ago.  It is a reminder of how the Northern Ireland weather is so bizarre this time of year all the time.  As I write this I have a snowy gale blasted view out my window.  It even seems to have the dim blue shades of a winter day.

Reading some of my feeds today reminded me of the Lake District six months agoSimon Cox’s post rings true for me when he writes about immersing himself in the mountain craft for a week on his ML assessment and then returning to the world afterwards.  I also remember the weird return to normal life that seemed to flow quite happily when I was away and so focused that I hardly had time to ponder what was happening in the real world.  On a similar note I noticed that Tollymore has updated its website.  I can’t praise Tollymore enough.  The lovely Sharon and I have been there plenty of times and have always enjoyed the courses.  Very professional, lots of learning and lots of laughs along the way.  I am looking forward to us going on a course there sometime when the new centre is finished.  It looks amazing.