Challenging times: Training for the China trek
Elaine of The Wallflowers:
Last month, I decided to put in some serious training for the Great Wall, by signing up for a four-day trek in the Atlas Mountains; coincidentally, of course, managing a little retail therapy en route in the souks of Marrakech. What I hadn’t taken fully into account was that the Atlas Mountains are very, very high. Every walk involved challenging climbs and steep descents along narrow, scree covered mule paths that had a habit of disintegrating under-foot.
After all that exertion, you’d think I’d deserve a rest, but The Wallflowers are full-on fundraising and so it was quickly back into organising our Clothes-Swap and Neal’s Yard evening for volunteers, friends and colleagues. We also launched our Great China Trek Raffle, featuring amazing prizes, including dinner for two at The White Oak, in Cookham, afternoon tea at The Oakley Court hotel, in Windsor, bottles of bubbly and a lovely sea-glass necklace hand-made by Sadie Hodgson, Susan’s niece, an up-and-coming jewellery designer from Cornwall.
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