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December 2013

Best way to end the year

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 31, 2013  ·  Great places

As I indicated yesterday I had planned to spend the last day of 2013 on the hills.  If the blood test results had been bad this would have been a form of therapy, now it was a celebration.   The forecast was also good so I had planned to to a circuit from Llanthony Abbey.   I was (again) late getting off due the time it took to get the contact lens in (it isn't getting any easier) and the attractiveness of halibut and poached eggs for breakfast at the Arden Hotel.  The rain was started to clear when I parked in Llanthony which was...

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Celebrating reversal

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 30, 2013  ·  Diabetes

Now today was a good day, in fact an excellent day.  It started with a visit to the Doctor to get the results of a pre-Christmas blood test.   Now this was a big one after six months of diet and exercise I needed sugar levels to be at least stable to know that things were working, if improved better and there was the possibility that I might have managed to reverse the diabetes diagnosis.   So I got up early and went in with some trepidation.  The Doctor was looking pleased and said that that I had resolved the issue, if I put on...

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Sun, snow & sanity

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 29, 2013  ·  Great places

The day dawned early and I went through a similar struggle with the contact lens, taking some forty minutes this time.  The result was I arrived at the car park at the head of Glyn Collwn to pick up Euan.  The road was slippery but we made it to the car park on the A470 just in time to get a space, kitted up and set off for our first summit, Corn Ddu.  The plan was to walk the length of the Beacon Ridge taking in all the major summits in a day.   The late start meant we were on the margins of time to complete, but we are both...

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To live in the country

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 28, 2013  ·  Great places

A few days ago Euan and I agreed a walk on the Brecon Beacons tomorrow given a forecast of some snow and sun.  This gave me a slight problem in that I had not really tested the new contact lens and I was meant to have done some small walks before committing.  I had put it off over Christmas but now was my last chance so I decided to seize the day, or at least the morning.   I knew the walk could not be long as we have a family trip booked for the evening to the first of the RSC adaptations of Mantel's novels about Cromwell (the...

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