Aug 8, 2011
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A forgotten day trip.



You know with all the excitement of Wink headingof to Canada, Valerie Spencer finally getting her hands on ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ (not to mention the energy expended on reaching 150 friends facebook or the leyton attens story) I entirely forgot to post the photos of ‘Waiting’ and Paul McSweeney on the nostalgic day trip I agreed to arrange when ‘Waiting’s’ transfer to Valerie was (again) delayed. Needless to say that today, once he had settled into Valerie’s life ‘Waiting’ was on the blower to point out the error. So here I am putting that mistake right.
As you can see it was a tad of rock climbing we participated in. And on ‘The Devil’s Rock’ no less; a place where Paul and my human form Stanley frolicked away many a day in a youth that now feels as distant as an imaginary galaxy. Thankfully it was all new to ‘Waiting’ and he enjoyed the climbing, and indeed (as picture two below illustrates) the rest that followed. As for me? All I have to say is that ‘The Devil’s Rock’ has a shrine to the Virgin Mary embedded in it. Don’t think the devil would have allowed that if he actually lived there! But then maybe I’m not mad, or childlike, enough to understand.
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