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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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 »

Sometimes it’s Okay to say You’re Not Okay

13 06 2018

I was at work the other night and, because our coffee machine wasn’t working, had to take a trip out of our restricted area to get one. I bumped into a nice cleaning lady who I know by sight and she said hello and asked, traditionally, if I was ‘alright’. Now, normally, I’d end the whole conversation, as most of us do, by saying automatically; “Yes thanks” and continuing on my way. However, this time, I decided to be truthful and said “No, not really”… Read the rest of this entry »

Chome & Parkhouse Hills, White Peak

28 05 2018

Wed 18 Apr 2018
One reason I’d decided to take my first ‘UK Breakaways’ holiday at Buxton in the White Peak in Derbyshire was that I’d seen photos of two completely astounding hills. I studied the map and googled where you did them from and, yes, they were near Buxton – about 8 miles away in fact. These were my number ONE priority for the trip! Read the rest of this entry »