9th November 2011
awoke yesterday with a cold that had gone
down to my voicebox.
I find this to be the most enjoyable part
of a cold. Mine always seem to follow
the same pattern. They start off in the
top of my head and I feel bad but it isnít
noticeable to anyone else so sympathy is
it drops to my nose and throat which get
bunged up and uncomfortable at which point
it becomes obvious to observers. However,
I feel a lot better so the sympathy comes
when I am recovering enough to enjoy it!
the cold descends to my voicebox and for
a short period my high pitched squeak is
transformed into an impersonation of Paul
Robeson. When it happened this time,
it set me thinking about a BOOTboys
version of Olí Man River:
Dem ol' men rovin'
Dey mus' know sumpn'
don't do nuthin'
Dey jes' keeps rovin'
on rollin' along
rovin' plan kept changing, partly due to the weather
forecast which, this year, seems to have been much more
variable than usual as the big day approaches. Also
some were under time constraints which limited the opportunity
for exploration further afield.
the end we opted to start and finish at the Strickland
Arms, which might or might not provide the opportunity
for us to "get
a little drink and down your ale".
we set, under the link road and through the Low Sizergh
Farm, resisting the temptation to stop for a coffee
in the Barn Shop. We wandered down the farm walk (with
its Little Folk) and then through the old gunpowder
factory caravan(less) site to the river.
and little folk
towards Kendal was the direction we took, along the
old factory waterway workings, past some memorial flowers,
until reaching a newish sign telling us to keep out of the
field. I don't know what the legal position is
but I have been walking along the river here for thirty
years or so (and I was hardly the first) and indeed
new stiles were put in only a few years ago. Consequently
it is my view that this new sign has no validity and
that a public right of way has been established by long
what harm were we doing?
defying the sign
the other end of the no go area is a short boggy woodland
area with a splendid view of the river as it dashes
through the limestone rocks under the Hawes Lane bridge.
continued along the river bank, sadly not seeing any
kingfishers, until Scroggs Lane where we turned left
up to and across the A6 on the outskirts of Kendal.
As we passed Helsington Laithes and became momentarily
confused as to which of two paths to take, who should
we see but Sue W who, many years ago, used to work with
Stan and me as our company tax accountant. She
soon put us on the right path (as she had done many
a time in our working days).
Lane Head was a LandRover graveyard and an unusually
decorated caravan which led us to wondering who might
live in it..
lives in a house like this?
crossing under the link road, we soon arrived at Brigsteer
Road and walked across the old racecourse into Bradleyfield.
Here we met a couple, Graham and Hilary, who were
not quite sure which way to go so I gave them the benefit
of my local knowledge and, somewhat to Stan's irritation,
took them the wrong and long way up to the Mushroom.
them in conversation, I soon discovered
that Graham and I had attended the same
Primary School in North Reddish, Stockport
at the same time. although he was a couple
of years ahead of me.
reminisced about Pop West, the headmaster,
and Old Ma Pass, who took the fourth year,
and various other people that we knew in
common. I forgot to ask him if he remembered
Miss Burnett who wore those cute little
he is a blue! 1 - 6 !!!
Scar with new friends
me, they were long retired and making the
most of the opportunities to get out into
don' plan workin'
Dey don' plan nuthin',
dat plans 'em
is soon forgotten,
But ol' men rovin'
keeps on rollin' along
joined us for an early lunch and team picture at the
Mushroom then we went our separate ways.
and James were setting a cracking pace heading south
but Stan and I knew we could always reel them in on
the hilly bits. Arnside Knott look quite atmospheric
in the distance.
stormed along Helsington Barrow and past Helsington
church. Lower down there was a distinct stone
in a field which looked as if it had a story to tell
but what that might be we could only guess. Eventually
we reached Sizergh Castle where there was a group attempting
to repair a dry stone wall, although Stan was fiercely
critical of their technique, or lack of it.
stone with the unknown story
was also an interesting display of carved creatures,
presumably for sale.
Or guard duty!
view of Sizergh Castle
found a bird hide in which he wanted to linger
but Mike and James had raced off by then, no doubt intending
to be first back to the pub. They failed. Thanks
to a sneaky detour and an unexpected turn of speed,
I just beat James to the cattle grid and was rewarded
a few yards later at the now open Strickland Arms with
the opportunity to pay for the beers.
an' me, we sweat an' strain,
Body all achin' an'
racket wid pain,
Clim' dat crag!
Dahn dat dale!
a little drink
An' dahn your ale
of the terrain over which we had rambled was very familiar
to us and it was not the greatest day on which to take
advantage of the splendid views from the Scars. But
it had been a satisfying outing with a bit of a difference
in meeting up with someone from the old school.
and I could easily have been tempted to linger longer
at the pub but wiser counsel prevailed.
An' sick of tryin'
Ah'm tired of drinkin'
skeered of payin'
But ol' men rovin'
on rollin' along
9th November 2011
Knott after a few beers!
climbed in feet:
Reddish Primary School
Don, James, Mike, Stan
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