6 July 2020

Anticlockwise

Lodge Moor
A few weeks ago, earlier in The Great Lockdown of 2020, I undertook a splendid circular walk in Bradfield Dale - just inside Sheffield's western city limits. On that occasion, I walked the route in a clockwise direction.

Yesterday I followed the very same route but this time in an anti-clockwise direction. It's funny how a round walk can be experienced very differently when you simply go the other way round. Downward slopes become ascents and vice versa and you see vistas that would have been behind you if you had gone the opposite way round.
Stake Hill Road
I saw a few other ramblers and we smiled and said "hello" as our paths crossed. But down by Holes Clough where a stream hurries down to Dale Dike Reservoir, I saw a small family enjoying a picnic in a sunny spot. I saluted them, smiled and said "hello" but got nothing back in return. Zero. It was as if I was invisible or perhaps they mistook me for a passing axe murderer. Of course the simple explanation could be that they were from Down South. It's always nice to greet strangers unless of course you are in an urban environment where it would get ridiculous.
Boot's Folly
A west wind buffeted me as I walked along but occasional grey and  threatening clouds retained their loads of rain. I  had troublesome thoughts in my mind but the walking dispelled them.
Bents House
Back where I had left my South Korean travelling companion, Clint said, "You've been gone for two and a half hours! What the hell have you been doing?"
"Walking," I replied.
"What do you want to do that for when you can ride miles with me at sixty or seventy miles an hour?"
"It's not the same," I protested. "You miss so much when you are riding in a car."
"I will never understand you," said Clint. "Now get your boots in the boot and let's go home!"
Strines Reservoir - the dam wall
Back at Banner Cross,  I made a lovely Sunday dinner of roast beef, new potatoes, carrots, broccoli, homemade gravy and golden Yorkshire puddings that had risen magically like helium balloons. Shirley had made a delicious raspberry crumble for dessert and we ate it with a light vegan ice cream that I bought from our local co-op store. The raspberries were all from our garden - picked by the son-in-law.
Cows at Moscar Cross Farm

60 comments:

  1. You observe so much when you walk. I also nod and say "hello" to people when out walking and if they ignore me I say: "Please yourself". You could change your name to Mick Dundee and walk around Sheffield say "good day" to everyone?

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    1. No crocodiles round here cobber... only old bats.

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    2. Fair dinkum mate!

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  2. Well, coming from Down South I would just say that I always smile and greet fellow walkers and others when out and about. Perhaps you should not have been walking backwards (anticlockwise)?

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    1. You must have learnt those friendly ways on The Isle of Man. By the way, where is The Isle of Woman?

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  3. I agree that you miss a lot in a car. We used to cycle everywhere for miles sometimes and loved every minute of it, being able to just stop anywhere and take in the views.
    I miss the point of having roast beef and then vegan ice cream, is the ice cream particularly nice?
    And not all Southerners are like that YP, we always acknowledged fellow walkers when we used to go up on the Downs.
    Lastly, how do you get your batters to rise, mine are always dismal efforts.
    Briony
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    1. You have to be a Yorkshire lad or lass to get your puddings to rise properly. In fact we could do with a taller oven! The vegan ice cream just happened to be in the freezer and it is very nice - lighter than dairy ice cream.

      Happy memories of cycling with Tom. I think I honked you once when we were on a spying mission Down South. Nice ass!

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  4. Like how you framed your photos. The top one looks as though the sheep has a shadow of a woolly cloud in the sky behind it. The bottom photo makes it seem the cow found the only bright cloud for back-lighting its b/w hide. The others are grand, too. Nice job. Show them to Clint--tell him it was time well spent. :)

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    1. Well observed Mary! I lined up the woolly cloud on purpose in that first shot.

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  5. Nice walk. I like the Bolsterstone/Broomhead walk near there.

    So after turning round one way, you feel a need to rotate back in the opposite direction. How long have you suffered from this particular form of OCD?

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  6. Lovely photos to start my day. Thank you.

    Your car is very bossy. Why do you let him talk to you like that?

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  7. Clint can't help it - he is a car, and thinks like a car. When you have wheels, the whole idea of walking is incomprehensible, I suppose.
    I like doing the same route in the opposite direction, too. And when I know it is unlikely that I shall ever (or anytime soon) walk on a certain parth again, every now and then I consciously stop and look backwards to take in the view, to look at where I have just come from.

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    1. I agree that turning to look back is a good habit when you are out walking.

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  8. You get the non-smilers anywhere. Geography doesn't come into it. I shan't mention blogland in which I have met more non-smilers, nay tight gits and gitesses, tight of mind and tight of ass (since you mentioned the latter), exceeding even my sense of the unexpected. Catching me unawares. Main thing in life, YP, do not let yourself be disenchanted by those who are disenchanted and do their utmost to disenchant you. Not that I wouldn't fish them out of their rot but true rotters rather rot than take my hand.

    As to going in the opposite direction, varying your route: My dear YP, you have now (indeed maybe before) hit on one of the big truths of life. It's what philosophy bangs on about. Even a die has six sides. Each with a different number.

    U

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    1. "Do not let yourself be disenchanted by those who are disenchanted and do their utmost to disenchant you". This advice resonates with me having spent so many years in the company of negatively-inclined teachers. They can bring you down if you are not careful. I guess it can be the same in other lines of work too.

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    2. Ursula, you are a cross between Nancy Mitford and Cruella De Ville with a touch of an Aberdonian genius called Jessie Kesson. No French philosophe has me laughing this much.

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    3. High praise indeed, Hamel. It appears that I have graduated from being compared to Dorothy Parker (not that anyone, not even myself, would find me underneath my host) to being a cross breed. At least I am not a bunny boiler. I only grill. People. Alas, some ain't steak.

      In Nancy's words (May 1929, Castle Grant, Grantown, Strathspey - letter to her sister Pamela) "How beastly you poor darling . . . one must make the best of things".

      French philosophy makes you laugh? I take it you have cottoned on to Camus and absurdity.

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    4. Dottie Parker (*What fresh hell is this?*) is preferable to Simone De Beauvoir, who said she would *miss* Camus after Sartre consigned him to oblivion. Alberto's crime? He called the murderous Soviet Union totalitarian. (Rebecca West called her a silly cow.) Lillian Hellman used to scream at her TV during the Moscow show trials, calling for the execution of Stalin's victims. The wealthy Lillian should have gone to live in one of the Baltic states! Miss Mitford has one distinction; she had no blood on her hands, and she made Evelyn Waugh laugh, never an easy thing. *Love in A Cold Climate* and *The Blessing* are as funny as ever. Nancy is buried in an Oxfordshire churchyard, not too far from where my sister lives in Cheltenham.

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  9. In that first photo the sheep reminds me of a giant wooly caterpillar.
    It's funny that you say "anti-clockwise" and we say "counter-clockwise." Okay. Not really funny. Just interesting.

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    1. You are right. That is interesting. I have never heard "counter-clockwise" in everyday use over here.

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    2. I never knew you all said "anti-clockwise". Your blog is a fount of information, YP.

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    3. Yes - it's other name is Yorkopedia.

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  10. It's true about getting a different perspective when you go anti-clockwise! We always try to cycle a circular route and if we do the reverse version we get a completely different view of the countryside. (Just look out YP in case you see a southerner in Lycra heading towards you.)

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    1. As long as she has got a bell on her bike, I don't mind.

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  11. Lovely photos. Do I detect a little North/South divide prejudice in your text, YP?

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    1. Yes you do ADDY though I wouldn't call it "prejudice", I would call it observation.

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  12. It seems like it should be impossible to have troublesome thoughts while walking in such a pretty place. And to finish off the day with the meal you describe sounds wonderful!

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    1. Walking can beat out troublesome thoughts - with the rhythm of one's footsteps and with the natural world you notice with your senses.

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  13. Being used to city life, I get utterly confused by strangers saying hello - thinking that it must be someone I've met before, but can't remember... ;)

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    1. Cities can be such impersonal places - surrounded by people but no one seems to care.

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  14. I agree about seeing the route completely differently when coming at it from the other direction - even here in town. You've caught some nice shots here. I like the sheep best. The woolly grass echoes the sheep's fluff.

    I never know whether to speak to other walkers or not. I am tempted to get earphones even though they'd be connected to nothing in my pocket, just to avoid the dilemma. Some people speak, some don't, some answer me if I speak, some don't. It's all just too much to deal with when all I want is a nice walk!

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    1. May I suggest dark glasses and a white stick.

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  15. I agree with the others,"anti-clockwise" is a new term to me and interesting to hear. I imagine taking this walk in the opposite direction did open up your eyes to a few new vistas. It's always good to get different views of things and places. Your pictures are beautiful as usual. I especially love the first one of Lodge Moor.

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    1. You always leave such pleasant, supportive comments Bonnie. Thank you. It had never occurred to me that Americans would not use "anti-clockwise".

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  16. I believe I remember the walk the other way round. Lovely dinner and desert.

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  17. You could have called your post "From Different Point of View".

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    1. Only trouble is my blogpost titles only ever consist of a single word.

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  18. I'm sure those unresponsive picnickers must have been from Scotland; Southerners would have invited you to join them! Beautiful landscape, even a spot of rain wouldn't spoil it.

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    1. They were not wearing kilts nor tam o'shanters so they cannot have been Scots. Also none had ginger hair and the picnic did not include a haggIs.

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  19. Yes Cro, the dig at Southerners hurt ;). People are friendly or unfriendly because of personality, and probably in this case fear ............ Funnily enough though your walk looks lovely going the wrong way round would confuse me.

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    1. As you now live in Yorkshire Thelma, you are no longer classed as a proper southerner.

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  20. They might not have been from The South, they might just have decided that someone walking anti-clockwise was best ignored. Safety and all that being paramount in these days of mad axemen. That's a really interesting folly by the way.

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    1. Silly billy! The folly was built in the 1920's during The Great Depression in order to keep a gang of builders in work.

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  21. Excellent photos, as always YP. Love the sky on the first and last ones - interesting to paint in watercolour.
    Smiled at the comments of going round ant-clockwise. This morning the dog and I did just that on our morning walk. Not sure it was such a good idea as it's a steep uphill all the way to home, and we were too puffed (28º around 7 a.m.) to admire the change of scene!

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    1. Is "puffed" a politically correct term CG?

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  22. That's a very good idea -- walking your routes in reverse. Maybe I should do that with the London Loop? I have found that I notice different things when I'm headed in the opposite direction.

    I must say I never greet people in the street here, but if I were walking along in a rural area and came across someone I'd certainly say hi -- particularly if that person said hi to me first. Maybe they didn't hear you?

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    1. They certainly did hear me. I was only three yards away from them and the husband looked me in the eye - blankly.

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  23. In Australia we use both anti-clockwise and counter-clockwise depending on the context .. we seem to adapt well to US influences on our language and culture whilst preserving distant memories of our colonial heritage.

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    1. Nice to hear from you again Carol...from one of our distant colonies. When are you guys going to seek independence?

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