Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Shake a Leg
Bob (my son) and me are going for a walk tomorrow with a few friends. We will start in Dumfries and finish, five days later, in Glasgow. Why? For the Save Crichton Campus campaign. The hope is that we will engender some much needed publicity and some cash. I am also secretly hoping to loose a pound or two so I can do my ball gown justice on the 13th. That will be a bonus, though, and an unlikely one at that considering the amount of chocolate and biscuits we plan to take.
We have our waterproofs, sturdy boots and comfy socks. We have blister plasters, a first aid kit and maps. And we have enthusiasm and will. I also have forty six year old smoker's legs but am hoping that the positives outweigh the negatives.
I'm really looking forward to this walk: I've driven to Glasgow many times but all I really see are the other cars on the road. One sees so much more when on foot, there's more time and one passes by so much more slowly. I'm sure there are many secrets to discover en route: wildflowers, animals, even buildings to notice if only someone would look. Well this is my chance to really look and properly see. I'll take a note book and my camera with me and write a diary as I go. I will fancy myself intrepid or rather like Dickens who I believe walked all over the country.
The picture above is of Bob and me at his graduation. When I graduate later this year I would really like it to be from a university campus that is no longer under threat merely because of a little bit of money.
Anyway, wish me luck and I'll see you when I get back...