27 July 2013

Woopah



From Thurlstone to Ingbirchworth, thence to Royd Moor and down to Hazelhead Hall. Along the Transpennine Trail that once carried steam engines over to The Dark Side (Lancashire), passing the site of what was once Bullhouse Colliery and then back to Thurlstone. After four and a half hours of hot plodding, I thought I might treat myself to a pint of bitter shandy but "The Crystal Palace" was closed. It had been another lovely country work in this loveliest of all English Julys. I headed back to Sheffield for that belated pint in "The Greystones". 

Thanks to all visitors for their thoughtful reflections on feeling blue. In England when somebody says - "How are you?" or "How's it going?" we tend to say "Fine thanks" even if we are wallowing in sorrow and hurting badly inside. Chin up. Keep calm and carry on and all that. It has never been culturally acceptable to admit you are feeling a bit miserable. Mostly people just don't want to know. Field Marshal Gowans's suggestion that I should write a 1200 essay on whether or not Margaret Thatcher should be beatified is less attractive than peeling a bucket full of spuds behind the NAAFI but I appreciate the suggestion all the same. And Aussie Helen's reminder that teaching was filled to the brim with social interaction seemed most insightful to me.

Walking gallery from yesterday:-
"The Thimble" cottage in Thurlstone
Landscape west of Scout Dike Reservoir
From Ingbirchworth to Fall Edge Farm
Wind turbines and sheep on Royd Moor
View from the Transpennine Trail to St Saviour's
Methodist Church in Thurlstone
The blueness hasn't gone but it's like the summer sky - light blue now.

11 comments:

  1. Sir YP, how many ways can I praise your walking galleries, I ask thee? Would it be against your nature to post a "shocker" once in a while?

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  2. CAROL IN CHAINS Prithee milady, thy wistful speculation shalt maketh a shocking gallery for thy archers to shower before summer sighs her farewell exhalation.

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  3. Glad to know you are on the way 'up' again.....and those photos make me really want to 'look' and see things when next I am out and about...to take pleasure in the beauty of the country.

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  4. 'The Dark Side (Lancashire), ' Very funny. Don't let Shooting Parrots see that or you'll start the War of the Roses all over again. ;)

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  5. I have a post on blueness that will be up on Monday. It would have been up today but I pushed it back (or forward, depending on your perspective) for the Mrs. RWP celebratory chocolate-chip-cookie post.

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  6. It is great to have you back again! The song was well, not awful. :)

    The pictures are mighty fine. It is pretty country.

    No doubt Americans are more open about depression than you stiff upper lip Englishmen. Still it is something that men don't like to talk about or admit. It is real and causes many people lots of trouble, sometimes even destroying lives. Doctors here often prescribe pills and that often just makes the problem worse. Hopefully sometime scientists will find a solution.

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  7. Clearly, YP, me being flippant with you has not helped.

    So how about this?

    http://bashingbambi.blogspot.com/2013/07/yorkshire-now-you-know-why-they-like.html

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  8. Lovely walk again YP. We've just been watching a " Walking Through History" episode where that fellow walks along the canals through the Derwent Valley. It is such a pretty part of the world and the history of the cotton mills in the area was interesting too.

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  9. Lovely walk again YP. We've just been watching a " Walking Through History" episode where that fellow walks along the canals through the Derwent Valley. It is such a pretty part of the world and the history of the cotton mills in the area was interesting too.

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  10. You've hit the nail on the head in your opening... when you're feeling blue, just remember some people have to live on the dark side of the Pennines...

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  11. Yorky, thank you. I will be looking forward to that, though i suspect your shockers will still be perfect. Umm, if you can't bring yourself to post a shocker without a context, maybe do the teacher things and take us through your thought/decision processes when framing a perfect one. Or the old compare/contrast ~ this is a good one and this is a shocker of the same subject. You don't need a school to keep teaching.

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