: Let Them Eat Cake
4th May 2016
Marie Antoinette. She probably never said those
words or if she did she might have been referring to
a type of bread popular in Brittany.
was not at all in our minds as we set off today. If anyone
had asked for a relevant name, it would have been Norber,
he (or it) of Norber Erratics fame.
Who (or what)
The only person I could Google-find
was career criminal Sammy “The Mustache” Norber, an
associate of Detroit’s notorious Jewish crime syndicate,
The Purple Gang.
Mobster in the Family”
makes interesting reading but has absolutely nothing
to do with today’s outing other than the coincidence
of the name Norber.
have visited the Norber Erratics twice before but Mike
and John had not. As previously, we parked at
Austwick, outside the Game Cock Inn and set off through
this attractive village in search
of them. Erratics, not Game Cocks.
You have to
climb well up onto the fellside before you find the
interesting ones, although geologists would probably
say they are all of interest.
However it is the
quirky appearance of the glacially deposited rocks on
top of limestone that interested us.
If you want
to know more, see BB1134
Norbered out, we headed north across limestone moors
with clear views of Ingleborough to the left .....
..... and Pen-y-Ghent
to the right.
Nearer to the east, across Crummock
Dale, was Moughton Scar- a series of Limestone cliffs.
On this occasion we resisted the temptation to
cross over Thieves Moss but continued north until we
reached the Sulber Nick heading east. This is
a less impressive area as the limestone pavement is
hidden from view although, to be fair, Pen-y-Ghent is
gently ambling along we
were passed by four soldiers on an exercise, one of
them finding it much tougher than the other three, his
rucksack being carried by a comrade. A little later
we were taking lunch when three more squaddies came
along and asked us to look out for their fourth member.
Several minutes later he turned up, similarly
finding the going tough. This is all very worrying
for our security if one quarter of our army finds it
hard to progress any faster than four old men!
passing several large stone built grouse butts we reached
Moughton Scar and made our way north west along its
edge, wondering how we were going to get down to the
Fortunately we found the Beggar’s Stile
and the safe and easy descent. It
was a gentle stroll back to the Game Cock.
enjoyed our previous visits but today’s
took matters to a higher dimension.
barmaid was French, from Brittany. She told us
that the chef also was French. When we were well
into our second pint, through he came with two large
plates, each carrying an enormous offering.
those for us?" I jokingly enquired. It turned
out they were and for any other customers. One
was soft olive and ham bread, I can’t remember what
was in the other but the same sort of fare.
I asked Mademoiselle what they were called.
she told me.
what would you call them in France?" I persisted.
they are not French," she said, "They are
but what would you call them if they were French?"
thought for a moment and replied “Cake.”
Antoinette, if she did actually say those famous words, was a very wise women. We did eat the
cake and it was delicious.
Wednesday 4th May 2016
that night John emailed to say that he was had been
so impressed with the Game Cock Inn that took Trish there for "Un repas
He reported that it was really good value and very enjoyable.
hope he left them "Un gros pourboire"!
4th May 2016
climbed in feet:
Erratics, Moughton Scar
John Hn, Mike, Tony
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