Strewth – Where’s Baz (The Landy)

By the Billabong - Trilby Station (Outback Australia)
By the Billabong – Trilby Station (Outback Australia)

It has been quite an intense period in our “down-under” household over these past couple of months. 

Surgery on my leg, the passing of Janet’s father, Archie, after a long innings stretching almost to his 100th year, and presently the terminal illness my father, Brian, is suffering and that will take him from us in the not too distant future.

Archie and a favourite motor-cycle
Archie and a favourite motor-cycle

Mind you, Brian is comfortable and at peace, and even quipped to me the other day that we’re all dying from the day we’re born, it isn’t how long you live, but how you live it that counts. Of course, his only real concern has been for the love of his life, his partner for over 50 years, Fay.

Courageous words indeed I thought and his faith has kept him, both of them strong…

Brian and Fay - 50th Wedding Anniversary
Brian and Fay – 50th Wedding Anniversary

But I wanted to drop a note to thank you for your kind words of support over these past couple of months, and to be honest, I haven’t caught up on all the news and stories that many of you write on a daily basis, but rest assured, I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine soon.

The Shed - Font of all knowledge (and my daily training ground)
The Shed – Font of all knowledge (and my daily training ground)

And speaking of routine, I have stepped back from my usual training regime to avoid  “running myself down” during this difficult time, but I’m looking forward to a return shortly, and of course, back into the mountains, back on the journey to the summit of some of the world’s highest mountains.

Baz - Climbing in New Zealand
Baz – Climbing in New Zealand

Oh, sorry, what of the jet-setters. I hear you ask?

TomO swanning around in the south of England
TomO swanning around in the south of England

Strewth, TomO and Janet are having a “whale of a time” over in the south of England, but I must confess, I’m missing them and look forward to their return in about a week’s time.

By crikey, I’m sure they’ll have some news and tales of adventure that will be sure to cheer us all up!

Good luck out there, and remember, those that don’t think it can be done shouldn’t bother the person doing it!

Cheers, Baz and the crew

Always together - Always smiling (Well mostly!)
Team O’Malley – Janet, TomO, and Baz

One step at a time (The only way forward)

Baz, Southern Alps, New Zealand
One step at a time – Baz, Southern Alps, New Zealand

Often I’m awe-struck when I think about the journey I have embarked on to climb amongst the world’s highest mountains. 

Sometimes it is so big that I just think about all the small steps I have taken so far.

The fun I’ve had… the fun and tears that are yet to come.

Yes, one step at a time Baz, it’s the only way forward…

Hey, by the way, thanks for joining me on this journey, I’ll need all the support I can get to help me climb to the summit…and back down again!

Baz, Blue Mountains, Australia
Baz, Blue Mountains, Australia