By: Blonde One


I’ll start with an extract from a poem by Henry Reed. It’s a parody based on instructions given by an officer to his men about their weapons during World War 2.

Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
Today we have naming of parts.

So, back to the blog … today we have naming of parts and kit! The Women in Adventure Expo that we Blondes have just been to confirmed that it’s not just us that name things, although one of the excellent speakers did go a step further than we usually do.

We have talked before about Blonde Two’s ‘Big Orange’ sleeping bag and I’m sure we’ve mentioned ‘The Palace’ (not Buckingham but a rather spacious 3 man tent).

The interesting Anna Blackman told us of her travels across Sweden and Norway with ‘Rucky’. She admitted that it wasn’t a very original name for her rucksack but she was clearly very fond of it.

The most unusual naming by far was (the Blonde) Anna McNuff and her ‘Sally the Saddle Sore’! Her stories from her South American cycle adventure had us crying with laughter and wincing in pain as she described her ailment!