Despite this, I got up and dressed and after a few jobs, met up with Smith for yet another walk. Again, the lure of the River Tees proved to be too much and we found ourselves walking by the river and into Portrack.
Although it started with a sit down in the cafe with a bit of refreshment - cue shaken coke can spraying all over table, floor, clothes etc. We continued with deep and meaningful conversation which took us miles away from where we actually were, and after about an hour or so actually got up to have a look around the shop.
- A Jesus stick. Not sure if this is the actual name of it, but it is an absolute must. Modelled by Smith here, it is a good height, and could double up as a burglar basher when dormant at home. The only problem is, it costs about £12. So, on of my walks, I will find a suitable stick, and make it my own, and one day, my nephew Joe will inherit it, he's mad on sticks (OK, he's only 2....).
- A hat. Not only will the hat be a practical item in the fight against the elements, it will also be a Gok Wan-esque fashion must. Potential candidates to be on my crown include a deerstalker, a trapper, a 'dappy' hat and a straw boater. We will see.
- Tents are class. Having never actually had a real camping adventure I realised that this is (potentially) the way forward.
Just a couple of other things - it was great to see Neil Jollie and his comedy gang last night at Darlo, where Andrew Ryan offered to compere an up coming charity night I am going to arrange, that will definitely be one not to miss! And as part of my birthday present off mam and dad, I went to see Big Girls Don't Cry, a tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, and what a cracking night that was too. So all in all, a great birthday. Maybe being 32 is not quite as bad as it's cracked up to be! Here's to the next 2,922 days.....
Oh and the Just Giving fund, which is really what all of this is about, stands at £320 + Gift Aid, so thanks again to all contributors.
Next up, the 13 mile walk to Hartlepool tomorrow for the match. Come on you Pools!