: Of Mice and Men
15th December 2011
best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley.
defines a Round as:
a musical composition in which two or more voices sing
exactly the same melody (and may continue repeating
it indefinitely), but with each voice beginning at different
times so that different parts of the melody coincide
in the different voices, but nevertheless fit harmoniously
of the oldest musical rounds is:
Three Blinde Mice,
The Miller and his merry olde Wife,
scrapte her tripe, licke thou the knife.
equivalent of this type of Round is when A starts from his house
to go to that of B. The two of them
carry on to C's house. The three (if that is the final number) of them
do whatever they think appropriate together
before reaching A's house from which B &
C travel on to that of B and then C makes
his lonely way home.
long range wild weather forecast had ruled
out any high or distant peaks but Stan wanted
to get in some training for the That's
challenge on Sunday 29th January.
followers of BOOTboys will
know that we have done this challenge several
times before (see, for example, Take
a Mug with you
a Lyth Record).
I will be able to go this time depends on
when grandchild number two makes an appearance
but, like Stan, I felt the need to get
rather fitter than I currently am.
in his 1971 prime
proposed a trip round or over the Scars, so
it into a Round seemed a good idea. A
(Don) to walk to B (Stan)'s house and then B to C (Bryan).
Next, a trip round the scars before arriving up
at A's house, leaving B & C to walk to B's then
C makes his lonely way home.
did offer to drive me into to town to the end of Stan's
road so I could then put a bit of mud on my shoes and
run to his door to make it look as if I had done the
real thing. But, tempting though it was, I thought the
honorable thing should be done.
the morning, however, things went wrong. Margaret
and Emma were both sick in the night so rather
than doing the Round, I was on Opa babysitting duty
all day! Fortunately grandchild number one was in good
and Stan went out, however, Bryan supplied this
weather forecast all week had been pretty dire; and
it’s nearly Xmas; so it was not surprising that there
was only two of us out – Stan and myself. Don had been
scheduled to join us but a last minute sickness outbreak
at home left him on child minding duties.
I met up with Stan at the bottom of the road that leads
to the Golf Course. He wanted to head off up that way
to check out reports that the trees in his old house
had all been chopped down by the current owners. The
reports were true.
were closely watched as we passed the club-house and
headed up the fairway, nodding courteously to a group
who were about to tee off, before turning into Serpentine
now we were in the mist and a heavy drizzle had started.
This continued for the climb over Cunswick Scar and
down to Gamblesmire Lane, where we encountered the first
of many muddy sections.
we came over Knott Hill conditions began to improve
and the sun tried to break through.
improve crossing Knott Hill
sun had come out by the time we reached the road near
Underbarrow so lunch was taken (at 12:15 Tony!). It
was then that Stan discovered that he had carried a
flask of hot water with him but no coffee to put in
made our way via a succession of muddy tracks to Barrowfield
and climbed back up on to Scout Scar.
from climb to Scout Scar
way up we got our first views into the Lakes, with the
sun shining on the snow which seemed to be quite thick.
to Kentmere from near the Mushroom
had intended to drop down directly to Bradleyfield but
decided on a diversion to the Mushroom to enjoy the
views into the hills, and the sun glinting on the Kent
to Kent Estuary
the decision to ignore the forecast turned out to be
a good one in the end and we both got a good stretch
out on terrain of which I never seem to tire.
so, the Round was not to be, Not today anyway.
Which is a shame because I had adapted the original
version to what I thought would be appropriate:
how they walk
See how they walk
They all went
over the Kendal Scar
Who would have thought they
could go that far
Except when travelling in a car?
it didn't happen. Not for me, anyway.
that a pre-cursor to the That's Lyth event?
Time will tell.
talking of That's Lyth, I was in a shoe
shop in Kendal yesterday.
the young lady assistant in conversation
whilst trying on a pair of shoelaces, I
mentioned that I would be out today practising
for the That's Lyth walk.
hadn't heard of it but put me in my place
by telling me about the 100 kilometre charity
walk she did in 36 hours last year starting
from Skipton and going over Pen-y-Ghent
I was able to trump that with Bryan and
Stan's conquest of the Bob
of which, again, she had never heard.
was mightily impressed when I explained
their achievements, namely 42 Lakeland peaks,
28,500 feet of ascent and 74 miles inside
I had nothing comparable about which to boast! Winning
the Sir Joseph Burns actuarial prize in 1973 was hardly
going to get her excited, nor my Stockport Wolf Cubs
football cup runners-up medal, playing right wing for
the Reddish Green pack in 1957.
I still have my
strategy was simple. Give the ball to Mike Doyle,
later of Manchester City in the glory days and England.
Thirty yards out; bang; top of the net! Actually,
I don't think we could afford nets in those days.
Doyley was not available for the final so instead of
winning by our usual 13-1 (Doyle 12), we lost 3-1.
you spot your scribe?
Yes, that's speccy me, grinning
away, leftmost on the front row! Happy days!
people ask me how I am able to publish my report so
soon after the event. The answer is because much of
it, like this, is written beforehand, which can leave
me looking like a chump when things don't run to plan.
Fortunately this is the first outing I have
missed this year.
then, as Robbie Burns said in his poem To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough:
best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley
Thursday 15th December 2011
climbed in feet:
Scar, Scout Scar
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The Wild Wet Show
Of Mice and Men
Thursday 15th December
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