Jon...where have you been?
You would have noticed that there has not been a lot of posts added to my site recently, there is a reason for that.
In December my family and I found out that my mother had terminal cancer and only had a short time left to live. I decided to shelve all tramping plans so I had time to be with her and to support my father and siblings.
We originally thought we might have as much as six months with her. Unfortunately it was a lot more aggressive and she passed away on the 4th of February. She was 70 years and 8 days old.
My mother was supportive of my tramping although, as mothers are, she was worried I would have an accident every time I went out. I had strict instructions to call her as soon as I got home so she knew I was fine. I used to call her and say it was St Peter calling about her son. She always laughed, she had the same slightly dark sense of humour I have.
I'm keen to get back out in the outdoors as it has always been a very peaceful place for me. I will be pursing a more modest tramping program for the rest of Summer and Autumn than I originally planned. Keep an eye out for some new posts shortly.
Love you mum.