I celebrated early this year .. Wednesday to be precise.  A hike up onto Kinder Scout.  Family.  Picnic.  Burkinshaw Bingo. Sheep.  Some good laughs. Photo’s. And a bitter shandy to boot!  Most of which came at Dad’s request.

It was a long time coming.   Five years coming.   But almost five days later, I’m still smiling about it all.

Dad now has a rock  and a bilberry bush on the side of the knoll with a breathtaking view, even in the rain.

Talk about being free – free to climb, free to soar, free to settle.  Living lightly and freely.

I actually had energy in my steps going up with the ashes on my back.   I was ready.   Dad was ready.  Ready to live lightly and freely.   I could have skipped had it not been for the rocks and steep climb.

Coming down, the weight was gone from my back – literally, lighter and freer.


Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep  peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep  peace of the gentle night to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

So cheers to dad! Cheers to living lightly and freely! Cheers to family! Cheers to peaks and hills and all things green.  Cheers to sheep, rocks and bilberry bushes.  Cheers to the rain, wind and sun.

Cheers, Dad, cheers! Enjoy the heights.   Next time maybe we can walk the ridge.