Hello, my name is Toby S. Lowther.
I am 14 years old, and the second eldest of the children in our family. I have a wide-ranging ground of interests, from literature (particularly of the High or Epic Fantasy genre), to 3D modelling, to rarer sports, to movie VFX (Visual Effects). I have a personal dream of becoming an author; and in fact I have self-published a book of my own - it was written when I was only 10, so more adequate for the youngsters and less so for those more interested in complicated plots, but if you do wish to buy the book, please click this link here.
On the subject of hobbies and sports, I have a broad variation. I enjoy playing the LOTR Battle Strategy Game (made by Games Workshop) and the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, but I also enjoy working on made up languages (conlangs) and worlds. For sports, I do none of the common stuff (no football here!) and lots of the uncommon stuff; including kayaking, canoeing, archery, fencing, wind-surfing, sailing, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding), and we recently started rowing.
This year has been a great year at the best of times, and a terrible year at the worst, so I'll try and sandwich the bad bits so as to seem least depressing.
Of the good things was our holiday in France. Taking 3 weeks out so that we could travel the country may have reduced the length of our breaks later on, but it was well worth it! We visited Paris, and climbed the Eiffel Tower, Lake Annecy (near the Swiss border), Béziers, Barcelona, and finally the Dune du Pyla. We camped for two weeks, spending one in a cottage. At the last campsite (the one near the Dune du Pyla), nearing the end of our visit, we reached my Birthday, and visited the history-based theme park known as Puy du Fou, which was great fun. The most exciting display was the spectacular falconry show, but as the birds (and there were about thirty of them!) were moving too fast to give a decent photo, I have instead used a photo of the moving castle from the joust. (Yes, that is real fire!)
We camped with the Schofields, good friends of ours, in the Lakes, which was great fun - we kayaked down to the original Wild Cat Island (from Swallows and Amazons), and enjoyed (to a certain extent) a refreshing swim in the cold water. Interesting fact - given many of the lakes are called "Water" in the Lake District, and the way hills are named there abouts, there are actually more "Lakes" in the Peak District and more "Peaks" in the Lake District!
We also camped in Wales - the first time I had been to that part of the UK, but hopefully not the last! We climbed Snowdon, but sadly not to the peak (everyone was getting tired and the parking ticket was running out). What interested me greatly was the local "native" language; that is, Welsh. Seeming more closely related to Gaelic than English (though don't take my word for it - I'm not very good with language families!), it is most interesting to read and hear; as I have a flare for language, it was one of the highlights of the trip for me!
And now we must get to the sad news. There is more good news, but I want to end on a high note, so I'll put this here. This year, very recently (or so it feels), our much beloved Grandad passed away. Aged 86, he died in hospital after a bout of ill health. We all miss him very much. Thankfully, we got one last holiday in with him and Grandma, in Canterbury, and here is a picture of that.
But as I said, I want to end this on a high note. We managed to get to the Festival of History again this year, which was great fun. I have begun my work towards my GCSEs, which was not so great fun.
I have also managed to finish a movie, which I have been working on with some friends of mine. Although overall it is still an amateur production, I think it was a decent achievement, so I will include a link to access it below.
That just about wraps up this year. Thanks for visiting this page!
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