: Don't Cry In Front Of Ladies
9th July 2013
ladies were to be invited but in the end
they were ruled out. John PL didn't want to cry
in front of them. Quite happy to cry in front
of "youse guys" though!
was his choice of outing for his Rehabilitation Ramble.
Also in rehab mode was John S. Both had been present
last time we undertook this route (in reverse- BB1111). Stuart
and I made up the support party, stretchers at the ready.
the top of the lane above Browfoot, where we parked,
it was a gentle stroll along the old track. Just as
well as it was probably the hottest day of the year
so far. The views, especially to the west over
Kentmere valley were good but what were more interesting
(having seen all that before!) were the tiny butterflies.
John S seemed to know a lot about them and their
names (or he was convincingly making them up). Sadly,
apart from one unfortunate that was stuck upside down
in some mud, they wouldn't stay still long enough to
photograph properly. I am pleased to report that
the butterfly in difficulties was rescued.
one we saved
were less interesting were the cleggs which were out
in force seeking their lunch. Funnily enough, it
is only the ladies that bite. Pity they hadn't
heeded John PL's instructions to stay away.
down towards Troutbeck, John PL used an old trick to
gain a rest. He posed a question.
Why, he asked,
does a bottle of carbonated water that has been frozen
lose its fizz when recovered from its frozen
state? Various theories were put forward but I
still think mine the most convincing.
As the water
freezes, the gas is pushed out from the water and remains
separated even after the bottle is thawed out and opened.
Anyone got a better explanation?
and the missing bubbles
Kentmere Hall we met a young lady washing orange buckets
in the stream. Thinking that there was some scientific
purpose behind her activity we asked what she was doing.
Washing orange buckets in the stream was the answer.
We didn't cry.
had arranged to meet Bryan, who had been on an overnight
Mongolian training exercise, at eleven at Kentmere Church.
As it was now nearer noon, Stuart and I left the
others (they were at the returning point so eschewed unnecessary
activity) to find Bryan.
patiently waiting Bryan
Near the church, by the seat,
we saw two people and a dog- a nice Border Terrier.
It didn't occur to us that one might be Bryan
(there was a clue- he had a monstrous rucksac alongside
him)- we didn't expect him to have company.
also thought he would be taking advantage of the cool
inside the church.
However, it turned out that the man
with the dog was a local retired farmer who was passing
the time of day with this heavily burdened lone traveller.
returning to the Hall, we found the two Johns seated
under a massive tree
in the only bit of shade to be found.
the spreading whatsit tree
return route was the low level path along the west side
of the valley, pausing, as we always do, at Ullthwite
Bridge for the team photo before returning back to the
as we always do, we stopped at the Staveley Beer Hall
where, after all he had said about not crying in front
of ladies, John PL did just that. Right out loud
pints of your finest bitter, please!
Tuesday 9th July 2013
A Bit Of Weight?
My route for yesterday was 9.78 miles / 2,744ft and
today was 7.84 miles / 493ft.
Interestingly I weighed my sack when I got back (better
not to know before I set off!). It was 24lbs. When I added 3 litres of water it was
28lbs. So for those lads thinking of losing a bit of weight
it might help to know that 2 stone is the equivalent
of the load I carried today!
Found It !
may remember the edition concerning Tony's Other Woman
). Located not far from Lady Anne's Pillar
but not mentioned in that report is another Lady Anne
property, Ninekirks Church.
proper name is St Ninian's Church, Ninian being Scotland's
first saint and the area formerly being in Scotland.
Ninekirks is presumably a corruption of Ninian
church was rebuilt by Lady Anne in 1659 and was made
redundant in 1977, responsibility for its upkeep then
passing to the Churches Restoration Trust.
weren't sure exaclty where it was, other than being
relatively inaccessible so we did not seek it out on
however, was determined to put that omission to rights,
which he did last Sunday.
literally in the middle of nowhere with no vehicular
access at all and a 20 minute walk over open fields
to get there.
found the place amazing including an encounter with
a couple of Llamas and apart from the addition of a
porch during Victorian times it's apparently in the
same original state as when Lady Anne used to worship
there most Sundays when she was in residence at Brougham.
loyal servant, Tony
9th July 2013
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(Memory Map / OS)
Don, John PL, John S, Stuart
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