: Coming of (Old) Age
22nd October 2015
was I doing when I turned 18? Fifty years later,
sad to say, I can't remember. I can't even recall
if that was then the "coming of age" age or
whether it was still 21. I suspect the latter
which I can just about remember though how I managed
to drive home after the party in the Henry Price building
in Leeds defeats me.
I do remember is having several of my 21st birthday
presents stolen as a result of a burglary in the house
where I had my grotty little student flat.
also recall that the Henry Price building was constructed
over the graveyard where reputedly the circus proprietor
Pablo Fanques (1796 to 1871) was buried.
For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight
The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo Fanques' fair,
what a scene
enough of me and The
celebrations were for Harry, Ian's son, who has just
turned 18. Though punishment might be more apt
word! Dragging the poor lad out on the fells when winds
of over 50 mph are forecast.
point was near Hallow Bank where we had a debate whether
to do a clockwise or anticlockwise tour of the three
valleys. As per BB1340,
this concept was chosen as a means of enjoying a serious
outing without having to experience too high an altitude
and too strong a wind but unlike that outing we decided
point: Hallow Bank, Kentmere
was a bit of wind on our backs as we climbed the Tetherer
bridle path over to Sadgill but nothing too serious.
Then began the long climb of Upper Longsleddale.
Don't be fooled by reaching the plateau at Brownhowe
Bottom- there is still the Gatesgarth Pass to be overcome.
It is a little off putting to look up and see the summit
gate so far above you. Fortunately the ascent wasn't
too much of a problem. True the wind did blow
very strongly at times. But not for long and nothing
like what we experienced last time.
Gatescarth Pass to the gate
back down Longsleddale
and father, snack time
stopped for a snack at Mardale Head,
overlooking a rather low Haweswater.
With a good imagination you could make
out the drowned village walls.
we climbed the Nan Bield Pass it did
get rather blowy again and I had to
resort, to the dismay of all others,
to my ski goggles to stop my eyes from
watering. The trouble is that
with the goggles on, you can't see your
feet which is a bit of a problem rocky
ground. So they didn't stay on
back to Small Water, Haweswater beyond
the top of the pass we took second lunch on the west
side of the Nan Bield shelter. The sun was shining
and there was little wind.
there it was a pleasant but uneventful descent back
to Hallow Bank and the car.
there it was a pleasant but uneventful descent by car
to the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley.
to you, Harry
it was a very pleasant venue to celebrate
Harry's "coming of age".
to celebrate further deferment of our
"coming of old age".
perhaps were are already there.
probably thought as much given all the
geriatric talk of Drugs (statins), Sex
(gender of grandchildren) and Rock'n'Roll
-something we do remember from way back,
as the recollection of Pablo Fanques
Thursday 22nd 2015
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Gatescarth and Nan Bield Passes
Don, Harry, Ian, John Hn, Martin
Cn, Martin Sn,
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