: A Lack Of Clear Communication
5th January 2201
thought the instructions were clear enough:
Robin, Mike and I will meet at Grange Railway
Station at 9:30 and undertake a tour of
Hampsfell, including the Hospice, returning
approx 11:45 to meet Stuart, Tony and Stephen
at the Hazlemere cafe.
is not the intention of having lunch there,
merely a convenient meeting point. If
the Hazlemere is full, there is another
cafe a few yards along the parade.
we will take a stroll along the prom before
climbing to Grange Fell. This will
offer several opportunities for anyone wanting
a shorter, less steep walk to retreat down
a second visit to the Hospice we will return
to Grange and the cars.
it came as a bit of a surprise when Stan
emailed to check if we were having lunch
at the Hazlemere. We agreed that he
would pick me and off we went to park in
the car park on the Windermere Road.
arrived on time but the ticket machine wouldn’t
take my credit card (although it took several
minutes to tell me that) so I had to pay
by phone which also took several minutes.
Mike came into sight, strolling along-
he had parked for free near the golf course.
Then Robin arrived in his car. Both
seemed a little confused as to exactly where
and when we were meeting. I thought
my email had been clear enough but I humoured
them and apologised for dashing it off in
a rush without checking properly.
resolved and now duly assembled, we set
off up the through the woods for Hamsfell
Hospice. The quarter of an hour delay
had burnt off all the contingency I had
built into the timings.
way up the hill, Robin stopped us at a sign
for Eggerslack Wood and explained what the
word meant in Danish. I wish I could
tell you but my befuddled brain lost the
story so I have asked Robin to explain.
emerged onto the fell in glorious sunshine,
quite the best day we have had all year.
Yes, I know there’s only five from
which to choose but even if there were thirty
or more, I doubt if we would have a better
winter’s day for such an outing.
we climbed the tower for the obligatory
360 display and the normal explanation that
meant "rosy-fingered dawn".
Had we been there two hours earlier,
I suspect we would have seen exactly what
was meant. Sunrise must have been
first lap of the fell took us to the northern
end then down by Hampsfield Farm and through
the woods back to Grange. I took the
precaution of texting the boys to warn we
were a bit behind schedule. My estimate
of 15 minutes was spot on. We expected
to find Stuart, Stephen and Tony inside
the café having a coffee whilst
awaiting our arrival. Not so. Tony
hadn’t even arrived and the other two were
outside chatting. They seemed to think
that we were going in for lunch. Mike
and Robin seemed to think they could now
go home, job done. I again apologised
for not making the plan clear.
Mike and Robin did go home but the
rest of us did what folk of our age tend
to do in Grange- have a leisurely stroll
along the prom, enjoying the view across
the Kent estuary.....
then stopping at a couple of convenient
benches where those who had taken the trouble
to at least part read the message could
eat their lunch. Poor Stuart thought we
were lunching in the café so had
the far end of the prom, near the Swimming
Pool, we started the climb back up to the
left us, as expected, part way up but to
my surprise Stuart and Tony weren’t that
bothered about reaching the Hospice.
be fair, the Fell End view point is just
most notable feature on the descent was
Yewbarrow Lodge which looked abandoned.
is very striking modern building, almost
Tuetonic or maybe Voyseyan in style, which
I thought was an old folks home. Totally
empty. No signs of life, just a notice
on the door that the staff were working
from home. What about the residents?
There was a lack of clear communication-
it didn’t say.
at the cars we parted company with a final
apology on my part. What did I do
when I got home? Re-read the email
on my PC. Yes, as you will have seen,
it was clear enough. Just one problem.
I had forgotten to click on that little
box that says SEND. Sorry boys for
my lack of clear communication!
Wednesday 5th January 2022