Hello readers!

1 03 2011

I’ve started this blog in response to requests from my friends to write further about my cowardly exploits in the hills of Britain and elsewhere.

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Post Hip Op – Week 2 Onwards

8 10 2018

My ankle, the last of my swellings, had gone down and my hip was now unbruised. I still had two weird and nasty scratches across my bum parallel with the scar – we all wondered about those including the nurse who took my clips out at the end of week two. Maybe the surgeon was frustrated by how it was going at some point and took it out on my bum? who knows… Read the rest of this entry »

Post Hip Op – Week 1

26 09 2018

One week post-hip replacement and I was back home but suffering… Getting up and walking around was actually great as it got your circulation moving and stiffness decreased but sleeping all night in one position in a normal bed was pretty awful and my heel pressure sores continued until I found a little cushion for under my ankles. I admit to getting plenty of sleep but I was on quite a few pills, one of which might have been inducing sleep… Read the rest of this entry »

Hip Replacement Op

17 09 2018

22 August 2018
My first night in hospital – a night early because they wanted me there for 0745 on public transport for my operation the next day and all the way from Skipton, North Yorkshire – my hospital was in Blackburn in West Yorkshire – approximately 40 miles away and at least two trains and a taxi…

Unusually for me, I had a shocking night for pain from my sciatic nerve – one of the parts which gets severely abused by unstable hips! I was therefore looking forward to the anaesthetic… Read the rest of this entry »

Normal Service Will Be Resumed…

5 09 2018

Hopefully – just not sure when. I’ve had my hip replacement done and it hurts like hell to sit at a computer for any time typing stuff so might be a while!

I had planned to do a week by week description of my progress but can’t face it right now. Maybe I’ll write useful stuff up into a few posts later when I can sit down! Luckily, walking around and pottering are fine…

Don’t go away. Plenty of great older posts to read 🙂

Oh No! Not More Health Cr@p!

18 08 2018

Whenever I have a birthday, soon after, I get more bad news on my health. This year’s was a humdinger! 😦 Read the rest of this entry »


28 07 2018

As I haven’t been doing any hills recently due to my hip, I’m having to write about other issues.

Many people have disregarded anything I’ve had to say if, like this, it has come from the Daily Mail… whatever your political leanings, they do often have something to say and the paper based versions (as this is) are often well written as they’re not ‘clickbait’ and don’t have pop-up ads or a vacuous celeb sidebar, unlike the online version. This article particularly ‘spoke to me’ – it’s about litter, in this case, on the roads – it was written by Louise Atkinson (Daily Mail 21 July 2018) and she had joined a Highways England clean-up crew for a day… Read the rest of this entry »


15 07 2018

Richard and I have been having a bit of a campaign on Whitbarrow on the south Lakes road. We’ve generally started from Beck Head but, while on one of the walks, we found another carpark near a farm halfway along the fell – depends on which paths you want to use… Read the rest of this entry »