At last, the end of my first full week back in Sheffield in over a month.
So in the last month I have:
- Had a very relaxing week’s holiday in St. Merryn in Cornwall with friends, including food, drink, walks along the coast, trips to Padstow, Truro, and the Eden Project, and a trip out on a boat from Trelissick to Falmouth and around Restronguet Point.
- Watched Sheffield under water on a TV in a pub in Cornwall.
- Been part of the campaign team at the Sedgefield by-election artworking literature, putting thousands of letters through a stuffing machine and endlessly ‘knocking-up’ the town of Sedgefield being the main three jobs. Probably the most fun election campaign I’ve been part of, (the number of classic moments will provide amusement to those who were there for years), and made even better by a good result which was even better than that achieved in Ealing Southall on the same day.
- Nursed the huge blisters caused by polling day in Sedgefield.
- Survived the “Battle of Trimdon Green” when Labour thugs decided to try and derail the Lib Dem campaign launch. The alternative version is available here.
- Been to the (more or less) annual training weekend for Liberal Democrat Constituency Organisers at Wyboston in Bedfordshire. It is always very refreshing and motivational, but this time there was also a real buzz about the place after two good by-election results. Another positive was that after what has seemed like a few lean years with the same faces always being at these things, there are now lots of new good campaigners working for the party in a huge number of held and target seats – something has clearly changed for the better.
- A long weekend in London for a Lib Dem meeting, where I also caught up with friends, had a night out at Heaven and watched people building sand sculptures on the Thames.
- Had another week’s holiday with different friends at Dalcrombie Lodge near Dores, Inverness, (which is a wonderfully secluded and relaxing spot where I suspect you never get bored of the view over Loch Ruthven and the mountains beyond it). The week mainly involved touring distilleries, but at least having done a whisky tasting I can say I know something about whisky other than just that I like it.
As much as I’ve enjoyed the last month, it is still great to be back and be able to be back in my own space and to sleep in my own bed.