|Ascending Ben Nevis by Gregor Samsa on flickr|
I have ascended Ben Nevis twice. This majestic view of big country and wide sky is your reward for getting up half way on a clear day. I remember feeling just incredibly impressed with my own country. I almost wanted to tug on the sleeves of my fellow English climbers and say 'look at that, that is part of me. It's what I'm made of!'
And so to my fellow Scots, at 'home' and in far flung places all over the world, I hope you are having a great St. Andrew's day and 'lang may your lum reek!'*
*Which roughly translated means 'long may your chimney smoke' but the sentiment behind the salutation is actually to wish someone long life and prosperity....just in case you were wondering.