In the past days, I have added yet more squares to my red geograph blob. A week ago today, on a sultry summer's morning, I parked up in the South Yorkshire village of Todwick for a two hour circular walk via South Anston, the Chesterfield Canal and Kiveton Park. And then on Wednesday of this week, I parked in Spital which is on the eastern edge of Chesterfield before walking for almost four hours via interestingly named Cock Alley, Winsick and Hasland. Both walks were delightful, taking in many sights - even though these areas are not typical rambling country. The public footpaths are more likely to attract furtive local dog walkers with plastic bags of poop rather than booted fellows with maps and haversacks yodelling ""Der Fröhliche Wanderer" as they tramp through fields of ripening barley.
It used to be said that every cigarette you smoked lopped four minutes off your life. Lord knows who "did the math" to arrive at this conclusion but anyway I have a counter-claim that is in mathematical terms equally suspect. And my claim is this - that every mile you walk adds an hour to your life - assuming of course you are not prone to walking on the hard shoulder of the M1 or along railway tracks!
Given my family history, it is likely that I shall die before I am seventy after a massive heart attack. Perhaps I am wrong, but I believe that my walking mileometer is like a medical prescription. Get the lungs pumping, sweat on my brow, stretch those muscles, blood corpuscles agitated - what better treatment for the old heart? This notion adds to my red blob motivation. One mile equals an hour of life.
And so to this little plodding gallery:-
|Todwick Parish Church|
|Early harvest near South Anston|
|Fat man fishing on the Chesterfield Canal|
|Thirsty horses at Kiveton Park|
|Detail of an old cottage at Top Alley|
|"The Three Cottages" pub at Winsick|
|At Hasland. I spotted the war memorial in the park - saying something |
different about warfare from the recruitment ad on the phone box
|Crossing the A617 near Manor Farm|
As I am sure you already knew, August 1st is Yorkshire Day! Happy Yorkshire Day Everybody! Let us all give thanks for God's finest creation - Yorkshire! Yorkshire! Yorkshire! (wild cheering).