Them All Back
13th June 2012
your political thoughts, is it right that
he be pilloried for inadvertently leaving
his eight year old daughter behind in a
familiar place where they had been having
lunch, thinking she was with his wife, and
wife vice versa, when in fact she was still
safely with the proprietor, having been
otherwise indisposed at the point of departure?
what planet does the head of the Social
Workers Union live to call the unfortunate
incident as "extraordinary" and
suggest that inquiries should be made?
Camerons with lost daughter
picture for Daily Telegraph article
parent can claim never to have done something similar?
have to confess to putting the car away in our garage, forgetting
that baby Jamie was still in his car seat. And
Margaret and I to having a leisurely look around Cartmel
before remembering that when we entered the first
shop, we might possibly have had a pram with a baby
confessed to a similar instance in Paris.
the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, on the radio this morning, admitted
to having mislaid his daughter when she
was a child.
went on to remind us of a certain Mary and Joseph
who lost their twelve year old son, only to find him,
after much searching, safely in a synagogue.
seems that even the Most Holy are not immune
from the problem.
the theme (of mislaid persons, not the Most Holy), I might as well ‘fess up now that when
we visited Uncle Monty’s Cottage recently, had Bryan
not arrived when he did, we would probably have set
off without him as I got my headcount wrong.
Tony been with us today, he might well have wanted to
leave Bryan behind after his insistence that he would
only come if "it’s a reasonable walk rather than
a potter!" and then suggesting we should
"go up the exciting confines
of Carlingill Beck and Black Force".
is a form of torture that Tony experienced on BB0611.
Having re-read that report
(I wasn't on that original visit) I was beginning to
think that Tony might well be right.
As it happened, logistics
got in the way- three men,but only two seats in the
only available car. Short of having Bryan on my
knee, we would have to think again.
"Let's meet in Burneside",
said Bryan "and go via Staveley to Gurnal Dubs".
So that was decided upon. The irony is that
it was a potter. Gurnal Dubbs is on Potter Fell!
If you don't know Burneside
(or even if you do),
it is a village that is dominated by Cropper's
Paper Mill whose
website declares it to be "Makers
of fine paper since 1845".
There have been mills on this site for many years
before then Several of the old buildings around
the mill and in the village generally are quite
stylish in a mainly Victorian way, although some are
much older than the present factory. The dates shown
range from 1638 to 1892.
Oswald's Church is a particularly fine edifice and there
is a most unusual location for the Post Office- click
on the picture to see where.
is the Post Office?
walk along the River Kent to Staveley is a favourite of mine
with several features of interest including the Cowan
Head conversion of some old Croppers mill buildings
into very smart apartments.
At Staveley, we crossed over
the Millennium bridge, along past the mill yard on the
other side then past some chickens and directly up the steep
track and down to Littlewood farm.
down to Staveley.....
and up to the Kentmere hills
At Birk Field
we stopped to chat to a man whom I initially took to
be the owner. He wished he were! His family
had farmed from the house until forty years or so ago,
at which time it went on the market and Margaret and
I had a look round. It had great potential but was too
isolated for us. On the other hand, our new friend
woefully wished that he did still live there.
used to live in a house like this?
now lives in an apartment like these?
climbing, up to Potter Tarn, formerly a reservoir for
paper makers. Fortunately
the water was below the rim leaving the outflow clear
for our lunch stop.
reservoir outflow luncheon tables
another gentle climb up to and round Gurnal Dubbs, also a mill-feeding
tarn with a stone boat house.
along, on the other side of the fence, we noticed an
upright stone bearing a plaque that informed us:
This four acre site
within the four boundary
stones was awarded in perpetuity
to the parish of Strickland
Roger by the Enclosures Act of 1838
for the inhabitants
of that and neighbouring parishes for recreation and
day we will return to explore further.
we had crossed the Potter Fell Road, our descent took
us into new territory. First there was a large
drumlin that I have never previously noticed.
down, near Shepherd Green, we passed some interesting houses,
one with a fish pond. At times, the way-marking
was indistinct. Or non-existent. James led
the charge as we passed through a potentially dangerous field
of bullocks and then one of cows with their calves. I
began to wonder if Bryan had got things right but I ought
to have known better.
charges the bullocks
Waymarks appeared once again
and we easily found our way back to Burneside where James'
car awaited him, enabling him to escape for an afternoon
however, being in Alpine training, needed more mileage
so I accompanied him back into Kendal, leaving him to
walk home (by himself) whilst I had
a nostalgic stroll along the riverbank.
took me past buildings
that were very familiar to me in my working career.
One in particular: Bridge Mills where I
used to have a small office overlooking the river bridge, with
the railway in the distance
and Benson Knott beyond. Here I used to sit, looking
out of the window with my machine gun in my hand, spraying
bullets over anyone late for work or for whom I had
any other form of serious dislike. Happy days!
Castle and River Kent
in his office, machine gun at the ready
over, Margaret drove out to take me home.
to the Cameron Story, I have to confess to being a very bad BOOTdaddy
having left James in Burneside and Bryan in Kendal
to find their own ways home. Consequently, I was unable
to use the late Brain
Falklands War phrase, *I counted them all out and I
counted them all back".
What would the Social
Workers Union have made of that?
13th June 2012
Pete's on the Move
all the best to you and Col in your new home in York.
Hope you still manage to get out with us from
time to time. Here is a reminder of the house
you built in Bowston all those years ago which, by coincidence,
we passed today.
Load of Rot
all hate litter on the fells (or anywhere else for that
matter) but do you consider apple cores or banana skins
to be litter?
I thought apples biodegraded
although I had my doubts about bananas.
How long do you think they take
The answer may give you a surprise.
Load of Rot.
of you viewing this on Google Chrome, or possible Firefox,
rather than Microsoft Internet Explorer might wonder
why sometimes certain items, particularly the end section,
don't line up properly with the rest of the page. I,
too, wondered but my technical advisor, Jamie, tells
me that greater minds than mine have spent large chunks
of man hours contemplating the same problem. It
seems to be a bugbear of website designers that the
different browsers work in slightly different ways.
So I shouldn't feel too bad about my misalignments
13th June 2012
climbed in feet:
Tarn, Gurnal Dubbs
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1221.
see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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