By: Blonde Two

I noticed in the news last week that Maria Von Trapp (if you don’t know who she is then you obviously have never gone to a party dressed in old green curtains) had died at the age of 99.  The Sound of Music is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Even those who dislike it however, must surely admit that the film does include some quite impressive mountains.

The Two Blondes haven’t climbed every mountain (yet) but we have conquered a few between us.  Blonde One has been the highest and if New Zealand mountains are really upside down, I have been the lowest.

Blonde One is currently engaged in climbing her own, rather unusual mountain.  She is taking the slow route because that is the only route there is.  This mountain, although its level of difficulty rivals the North Face of the Eiger is not made of rock and ice.  This mountain, although its heights are, at first, hidden, is not for the faint-hearted or lily livered.  This mountain requires no ropes, does not call for three points of contact and has no clear summit.

You may have guessed so I will tell you, Blonde One’s current mountain challenge is a mountain of paperwork.  People use this phrase lightly but I am telling you now Blondees and Blondettes, the amount of time that the Two Blondes will be on expedition this year is a mere jiffy (ask a physicist) compared to the amount of time that will be required to complete the preparatory paperwork.

I have no doubt in Blonde One’s ability to summit this paper peak.  She is the most determined person that I have ever met (with the possible exception of Six-Foot-Blonde at the age of two).  She will do it and come out smiling at the top, waving her pencil case at me and saying, “Come on then, I’m ready, it’s time to go to Dartmoor.”