31 July 2018

Rambles

Sometimes I just have to get out for a country walk. Even if I am only planning a mile or two, it's often as if my body and mind combined crave some walking. 

On Sunday evening, as the sun was descending to the western horizon I completed a nearby circuit that I worked out years ago and have plodded many times.  I blogged about it here (2015) and here (just last month). I took yet another picture of "The Cricket Inn" at Totley Bents and here it is:-
The same urge to walk happened yesterday afternoon so Clint and I nipped out of the city - up to The Dale road south of Stanage Edge. Blustery but with sunshine flooding the landscape between scudding clouds, I walked a mile along the rocky escarpment before descending to the ocean of green bracken below. Then I headed back under the edge observing rock climbers negotiating various crags.
"Where the hell have you been?" said Clint when I got back to the parking strip alongside The Dale. All other vehicles had left but as I was taking off my boots a minibus pulled up in front of Clint and a dozen Chinese people of various ages clambered out.

Each one of them held a camera, i-phone or tablet and they all proceeded to snap pictures of their surroundings. What a mad world.

An attractive female member of the party asked me, "Wha-this-place-ca?"

I pointed at the nearby rocks, "That's Stanage Edge and over there that's the village of Hathersage."

"Ha-tha-say."

"No. Hathersage," I repeated - this time more slowly.

Inside Clint, I pressed the "Home" button and came back to make a nice stir fry using leftover chicken from our Sunday dinner - with wholewheat noodles, chopped onion, sweet red pepper and a courgette that Frances and Stew grew down in London. It was a gift.

25 comments:

  1. I like the shapes of the rocks - seems like the Flinstones have been there. We have a similar area in Verona called "Le Sfingi della Lessinia”, in the Valley of the Sphinxes.
    Lovely the last photo with the heather growing around the rocks. Wonderful view.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I searched Google for "Le Sfingi della Lessinia” and I can easily see why you made that connection Maria. Thanks for calling by again. You always leave pleasant, supportive comments.

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  2. I miss walking but did a lot over the last week. Not so easy in all this heat though

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    1. I must admit that I like walking in heat - wearing shorts and a T-shirt. I also plonk a hat on my head and take some water with me. Thanks for calling by again ADDY.

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  3. I like the deep shadow in the foreground of the first photo. Very striking.

    I wish I could get out and walk - it's been far too hot and humid here to do so safely. We have another heat wave on the way starting today.

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    1. I must admit that when I think about Nova Scotia the word "heatwave" is not the first one that springs to mind

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    2. Summers have been increasingly hot and this one just doesn't seem to want to moderate. It's been mostly in the mid-30C range with the humidex "feels like" temperature at least 5 degrees more for the whole month of July. It's been rough.

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    1. Yes they are Travel - abandoned by quarrymen around the time of World War One.

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  5. Beautiful stones! What a scenic place for a walk.

    It's been so hot here that walking isn't much fun right now. We did have a good one last night though. A lot of storms blew through the area over the weekend and it was a little bit cooler. Even the dogs were happy to be out walking (they hate it when it's too hot outside).

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    1. Walking in big heat can be very energy sapping so I don't blame you for sheltering from The South Carolina Oven!

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  6. What a great place to go for a ramble!

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    1. I would love to walk a couple of miles with you Red then enjoy a beer together in a cosy English pub.

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  7. Ah yes, more millstones! It's cool that the Chinese tourists were curious enough to want to know where they were, even if they couldn't quite pronounce "Hathersage."

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    1. Yup! It is cool to want to know where you are. Didn't Buzz Aldrin ask Neil Armstrong, "Where the hell are we?"

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  8. I know exactly what you mean about craving a walk! I know I need regular walks to keep sane, both mentally and physically. Right now, it is 34C in Ludwigsburg, and the day at the office (with no a/c) was nearly unbearably hot and stuffy. I am glad to have only 26.6C in my flat. But I do want to walk! Just not tonight, I think.
    The rock in the last picture has a face, looking at you like a big calm animal, quietly resting there and wondering who the man with the camera is.

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    1. I didn't see that face until you mentioned it. It's like an earless cat curled up. Sorry to hear it is uncomfortably warm in Ludwigsburg. Yorkshire is a little cooler just now but more hot weather is coming.

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  9. I love all of those craggy rocks you have littered all over the countryside, we don't have those down here, I wonder why?
    Briony
    x

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    1. Thatcher had all your rocks taken away. I blame her.

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  10. The photo of the climber looks as though he is about to move up a few more inches immediately, as long as I keep watching. How did you get this photo? Were you waiting at the top of their climb?
    Alphie

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    1. I was lining up a shot through that rock "window" when the fellow magically climbed up into the picture. Pure accident.

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  11. I love the photo of the rocks. And, dinner sounds delish!

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    1. I invited you and Big Bear round for dinner but you didn't turn up.

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  12. Wonderful photos depicting a stunning area...thanks. :)

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