Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’!

8 09 2020

Tue 7 April 2020
This was during lockdown but, as I’d had to travel to Keswick anyway, I did the walk on my way back. I knew all the Whinlatter Forest carparks were shut (and so the Forestry people thought that Whinlatter Forest was also shut) but I also knew there was roadside parking. There were a couple of other cars there and I bumped into one girl just coming back from the hill (although, of course, at a 6 foot social-distance!)… Read the rest of this entry »





The Black Lagoon Strikes Again!

13 05 2020

A few years ago, I was walking on Uldale Common (my local common) when I found a sheep stuck in a bog and successfully rescued her (here) Now, whenever I walk there, I always call by the dangerous bog and check there’s no-one there. The other day, yet again, there was a woolly body sticking out of the bog… I went to investigate… Read the rest of this entry »





The Joker

7 04 2020

I was sat in the sun outside my conservatory (at the back of the house as prescribed by law right now I think) when I heard something really odd… Read the rest of this entry »





The (Equal) Dangers of Lowland Walking and a funny story

2 04 2020

Not sure whether he did it to prove that lowland walking is just as ‘dangerous’ as going to the hills but this is a (very) short story about Richard… Read the rest of this entry »





Mean Joke!

14 02 2020

I’m off to see Ozzy Osbourne soon – supposedly it’s his last tour. Should be a good do – apparently he has Alzheimers now so he’ll sing everything twice! 😉

(Before anyone gets offended, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he’d made a similar joke about himself and the situation – it would fit with his sense of humour).





Fairy Folklore Tale & Drawing

25 01 2020

I drew this off a birthday card I once got – and then scanned it in negative. I also found a poem, along the lines of many folklore tales and on a favourite theme of mine, which seemed to go well with it… Read the rest of this entry »





Merry Christmas!

23 12 2019

Wishing all my readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
(photo from one of my first walks this year)





Goodbye UFO (sadly)

7 04 2019

Thu 28 Mar 2019
I just had a trip to Newcastle’s O2 Arena to see UFO’s final tour ‘Last Orders’. If they really have retired, it’s a sad day for rock but I believe they have 😦 Read the rest of this entry »





Hearing Both Sides

21 03 2018

Richard got the bus up to my house the other day and related this tale which I found most amusing…

Our buses are small 16 seaters and are always full of bus-pass pensioners – Richard and I are the only paying customers who use them (despite being just as old!). None of them are Yorkshire folk but mostly imports from the south of the country. These two were Londoners…

A woman got out her mobile and said;
“I’m on the 2 o’ clock bas, where are you?” (they don’t say bus like us down there…)

A reply came from a few seats away;
“I’m on the 2 o’ clock bas”

“Which 2 o’ clock bas?”

“The Embsay 2 o’ clock bas”

“Well I’m on the Embsay 2 o’ clock bas”

They finally turned round to look at each other – husband and wife and never even noticed each other sitting 2 rows apart!

When Richard related this to me, complete with cockney-type accents, I shrieked with laughter… good job I wasn’t on the bas!





Log Pile!

11 01 2018

Since I’ve moved to the ‘wilds’ of Cumbria, well at least a very rural hamlet, I’ve gained a log burner. I’m still crap at lighting it unfortunately but am hoping I’ll learn.

One thing I have been good at though, is getting in wood. I haven’t bothered buying any, just waited until after the Autumn gales and then gone out on foot with my bag and my saw looking for fallen wood of a decent size. I saw up some of it in situ – one woodland even has a handy river bridge on the road where you can use the walls as a multi-height saw bench! The rest I carry home as long logs and saw in the back yard.

Anyway, this is my full log pile sitting drying – all got by my own grubby hands!

Not bad eh! 🙂 Mind you, with the very cold winter we’re having this year, it goes down quickly once you start…