: A Promenade Of Pensioners
24th February 2011
is the group name for a band of old men out for a walk?
was the key issue that we were determined to settle
as we made our way around Silverdale. The consensus
was that Stuart H’s contribution of A Promenade of
Pensioners was the most relevant for this extremely
large gathering of aged BOOTboys
with ten of us in action, it is possibly the biggest
group we have ever had out. In addition to last
week’s six, we had the two knee replacees, Graham and
John L, plus Stuart H on only his third outing with
us in several years and long distance commuting BOOTboy,
we plan our own routes even though we might take guidance
or inspiration from Wainwright or other sources. This
time, however, we threw the whole responsibility over
to Mary Walsh who, only the previous week, had written
gentle pastures and deciduous woodlands of Silverdale
in the Westmorland Gazette.
met up at the Eaves Wood parking area and climbed up
through the woods, passing en-route some charcoal burners
(i.e. the men who chop down the trees and prepare the
charcoal) before reaching the Pepperpot- a Victorian
Jubilee monument at a fine view point over the village
and estuary. Unfortunately the day was not yet as clear
and bright as we had hoped.
view from the Pepperpot
our team photo, we dropped down past the Llama farm
into the Elmslack outskirts of the village and beyond
to the Cove with its cave.
an inconclusive investigation of the cave, we made our
way through the fields to emerge on the road just above
the Silverdale Hotel. The route then took us along
a footpath running along the back of the houses down
to the Woodwell pond and rock spring. This came
as a total surprise to me. All the years I have
been going to the area (our family had a caravan at
Far Arnside for over 40 years) and I did not know it
emerging on the road, we passed the Wolf House Gallery,
then Lindeth Tower, through the Jack Scout area with
before stopping for lunch in a now emerging sun, we
walked by Jenny Brown’s Point, which Mary Walsh tells
us was part of a scheme to reclaim Silverdale Sands
but was turned down by the House of Lords and then abandoned.
lunch stop view
way after (Jenny) Brown’s Houses with their Manx lifebelt,
an isolated ex-limekiln chimney and a broken bridge
across a tidal watercourse, we reached a path leading
back up the hill. As we turned to climb it, whom
should we meet but daughter Emma with her husband Scott
and baby Luca!
Brown's Douglas Lifebelt
chimney from an old limekiln
Luca and Scott
it wasn’t a surprise! It was a planned encounter.
They had started at the Wolf House Gallery rather
later than expected and so travelled in the opposite
rotation to ensure we met up. They then made the
right decision to continue on to the coastal section
and really enjoyed their outing back to the Wolf House.
round the back of Silverdale
we headed up through light woodland and
fields, almost into the centre of the village
then out to The Row and back to the car
thought we were finished but I was then
sent back to identify and photograph some
flowers that John had seen in a field. I
thought they were snowdrops and aconites but
perhaps the light purple flowers were small
they are, Mary Walsh is hereby thanked for
an entertaining walk of just the right length
for today’s group.
24th February 2011
Script: I don't know if there will be a BOOTboys
outing next week. However, I do know that, if
there is, I won't be part of it as I go into hospital on Monday
for my biopsy. My thanks to all those who,
one way or another, have sent messages of good wishes.
They have been most encouraging.
Jamie will be blogging
my medical progress at News
has consulted his Nature Guru, Mike, who confirms that
the flowers are a collection of snowdrops and crocii.
Mike goes on to discuss the collective noun for the
group and suggests that a Prosthetic of Pensioners
would appear to be more apt. Personally I prefer the
24th February 2011
climbed in feet:
Pepperpot, Jenny Brown's Point
Don, Graham, John L, Pete, Philip, Roger, Stan,
Stuart H, Tony
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