By: Blonde Two

Some of you will remember that last week Mr Blonde Two bought me a snazzy new Silva head torch as an anniversary present.  On Saturday, Blonde One and I put the new torch to the test and it proved to be most excellent.

It has kind of peripheral vision and all sorts of flash, not flash, red, not red combinations (I did end up flashing by mistake a few times)!  I could see much further with it than my last one which was just as well because following the wall we needed to was tricky and we had to move away from it because of the waist deep gorse.

After the night nav, we had a moment of very Blonde excitement when we noticed that the beam of my new torch was lighting up cats eyes for a long way up the road.  We measured the distance (not with a tape measure – that would be silly in the dark) and it was 300 metres.  How lovely it would be if all Dartmoor features were surrounded by cats-eyes so that I could find them in the dark.

I was so excited by this that I picked up a broken cats-eye from the roadside and slipped it into my pocket.  I think that in my head, it would have come in useful for some kind of night nav practice for kids or could maybe have been attached to my rucksack for greater visibility.  I don’t know really but it all made sense at the time.  Needless to say, it didn’t make any sense at all when I tried to explain it to Mr Blonde One the next morning.

The glow-in-the-dark thing got me thinking and researching.  You would be amazed how many things can now be bought in their glowing versions.  My two tops tips for walkers were the glow-in-the-dark toilet paper (no more rummaging around the tent in the middle of the night, and you would be able to tell if you had buried it properly or not) and the night glow nail varnish (finding things in the dark is tricky but you will at least be reassured by the knowledge that you haven’t let appearances slip).