16 February 2019

Sunshine

Tree by Hazelhurst Lane, Sheffield
Sunshine in February. Blue skies and spring flowers stirring. What is a Yorkshire Pudding to do but to go out plodding through the countryside? After all, there may come a day when I find myself sitting in the window of a residential home, hardly able to shuffle to the lavatory, with porridge dribbling down my chin, wishing with all my heart that I could still walk miles.
St John the Evangelist Church, Ridgeway
On Thursday, Clint kindly whooshed me to the south-eastern fringes of the city. He parked himself near the old Lightwood aerodrome and then surgically I pulled my boots out of his rear end. I set off over the fields and through woods to the village of Ridgeway before returning in one of my habitual circles.

Then yesterday - Friday - I caught a train out to Lincolnshire - alighting in the village of Saxilby. It's situated about five miles west of the city of Lincoln in a flat agricultural landscape.
I had planned a walking route that would take me to Skellingthorpe, Doddington and Harby. And I marched over fields and wooden footbridges that crossed drains, through woods - only resting on a bench in Skellingthorpe for ten minutes to consume my corned beef and tomato sandwiches, washed down with Yorkshire water that I carried in an excellent one litre flask that was given to me as a Christmas present. There was also a sweet apple to much upon.
Crocuses at Doddington
I estimate that I walked ten miles - maybe more. I missed the 16.29 train back to Sheffield and had to catch the 17.31 instead. That was no big issue. I sank a pint of bitter shandy in "The Anglers" and then a small portion of chips with a fishcake from "Smiths" fish and chip shop before riding home in the gloaming.

And throughout this adventure, there wasn't even a vague hint of complaint from my right knee though, if I might share an intimate observation,  one's nether regions were somewhat chafed after so many strides. 
Top House Farm, Doddington
Blacksmith's Cottage, Harby

34 comments:

  1. Saxilby is only about 16 miles from my newly adopted village. You could have popped in for tea.

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    1. Maybe next time I am over there Sue. I'll bring some Yorkshire Tea.

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  2. Order some Body Glide. It's an anti-chafing product that really helps. Trust me. This Florida girl who walks knows.
    https://www.amazon.com/Body-Glide-Original-Anti-Chafe-Balm/dp/B07CYQDDHC

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    1. Thanks for that intimate tip Ms Moon. Do you have to get someone else to apply it?

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    2. Regular stick deodorant will do the same thing. Not anti-persperant, just deodorant.

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  3. My sister-in-law lives in that part of the world. I love the villages round there.

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    1. Harby is particularly interesting because that is where Queen Eleanor died - the wife of Edward I. Her body was taken back to London and at every overnight stop a cross was later erected - the final one being Charing Cross.

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  4. Another wonderful walk! I love the phrase "in the gloaming" and it is one that is rarely heard these days.

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    1. Yes. I love that word too Bonnie. I believe I first encountered it in "Sunset Song" by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

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  5. My dad was a great walker like you, YP. It was the thing he most wished he could do after his paralyzing stroke. So, YES, go now. As much as you can.

    Today my favourite shot is of the cattle all looking at you!

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    1. In the cattle picture can you see how smoke was blowing into the farmyard? I think it made that image more effective.

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    2. I noticed the haze but to be honest I thought it was the sunlight messing with your camera lens! What was the smoke from, someone's chimney? I liked all the faces and all the fuzzy ears all facing toward you. But then I am not an artiste!

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    3. A beekeeper was feeding a fire just off camera - burning some old tree stumps.

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  6. I wish we'd get some sunshine. Yet again it's raining all weekend here.

    I admire your dedication to walking. And again, you picked a beautiful place to do it!

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    1. Thanks for joining me on my walk - at least in a virtual way.

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  7. My little Lady took me down to Beaudesert, a rural township down off the mountain, on the western side, on Tuesday...about 33kms away. I had a dental appointment down there. It was wonderful to see cows and their calves enjoying the morning sunshine. They lifted my spirits.

    Those crocuses are lovely.

    T

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    1. By little Lady I assume you mean your vintage automobile? Cows are such peaceful creatures - chilled out like Buddhist monks in a temple.

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    2. My car is a Toyota Echo...years ago there was a song called, "Little Sir Echo"....so I used poetic licence and called my little Echo..."Lady".

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    3. Lee you've reminded me of the 78rpm we had of that song. Wonderful.

      Little Sir Echo, how do you do?
      Hello! (Hello!) Hello! (Hello!)
      Little Sir Echo, we'll answer you
      Hello! (Hello!) Hello! (Hello!)
      Hello! (Hello!) Hello! (Hello!)
      Won't you come over and play?
      You're a nice little fellow
      I can tell by your voice
      But you're always so far away.

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    4. Yep! It takes us back, doesn't it, Graham. When I purchased the car that song immediately sprang into my head...and I just had no choice! lol

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    1. Oh. You mean the postcard competition? Thanks.

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  9. Keep at it. Don't let those nether regions slow you down. Nasty here today...minus 16 for a high and lots of wind driving snow around.

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    1. Tough people in Alberta. That weather would not suit me Red. I guess I am soft.

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  10. Walking really is, in my opinion, the best we can do with ourselves in this kind ogüf weather. The snowdrops in the churchyard would make a grear February picture for a calendar!
    We were able to spend all day outdoors yesterday, too; it was warm enough in the sun to do be without a coat but as soon as we were in the shade, it felt very much like February again.

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    1. Thanks for calling by again Meike and for introducing me to a new word - "ogüf". I could not find it in the dictionary!

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  11. The new word is my ipad's creation. It sounds Turkish, doesn't it!

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    1. Yes it does. I know you have several Turkish neighbours in Ludwigsburg. Perhaps you can ask them what "ogüf" means.

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  12. Well I've not done any walking like you this week but I have been for a daily morning walk in The Castle Grounds before my morning coffee at The Woodlands. The problem this week (apart from the couple who appeared and then disappeared) has been the wind and the rain. Three miles a day is quite sufficient in those conditions. I'd love to walk amongst crocuses but apart from a few snowdrops I've not seen much in the woods this year.

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    1. You are a very brave man -returning to The Castle Grounds where alien bodysnatchers lurk.

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  13. I've been out walking too, but from camera point of view it's rather dull here at the moment - no flowers yet, and everything just looks dirty and tired (snow gone, except for a few dirty icebergs here and there).

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    1. Oh dear. I guess the first glimmers of springtime arrive later in Sverige.

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  14. I'm glad to see you're getting sunshine and crocuses too! And thank goodness your knee is behaving.

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    1. After ten happy miles no complaint from the knee at all. Marvellous!

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