|The Beech tree|
|Dave getting the ropes ready|
So on Friday my target was this beautiful Beech tree in the garden. Dave went about setting up the ropes and tying the knots (I was being really nice to him at this point!). And off we went, we started off quite low getting the rope over a branch about 12ft off the ground and once we had got to that point Dave taught me how to do a change over, this involved throwing the other end of the rope over another branch higher up so we could continue to climb higher. I was surprised how much easier it felt to climb this time, I mean don't get me wrong it wasn't easy and my muscle have been mildly complaining all weekend but I think I had started to improve my technique, at least there wasn't quite as much flailing about as last time!
When we reached our final branch I had a nice view of the garden and I always enjoy any opportunity I get to view the world from a different perspective.
Dave also tried to teach me some different knots, mostly I couldn't quite get them right but I did, very much enjoy some of their names! We learnt the Butterfly knot, double figure of 8 and my all time favourite, just purely for its name, the Munter's hitch.
I just want to say a big thanks to Dave for taking the time to teach me, I know its not easy especially trying to teach someone who has the attention span of a fish! But as always I find your enthusiasm infectious! As a special thank-you I have decided to give you the gladiator nick name of Black Panther as I think no Estate is complete without one!