GLW2102 : Boxing
12th January 2021
I becoming a schizo? Was this a Great Little
Walk or a BOOTboys
Both. Just like last week.
mission was to hunt for postboxes of different reigns.
Our overlapping intent was to have a Great Little
Walk on what was lovely day. The fact that these
were concurrent was a bonus.
and I set off for Barrows Green where the first postbox
was to be found. I don't intend to say much about them.
If you are interested, then see BB2102 : On
The Trail Of Postman Pat.
had debated whether to go over Helm or round by Back
of Helm as we call it. Don't know if has a proper name.
Likewise the tarn.
it is the road on the south eastern side. This
had been the original plan as there was a postbox I
wanted to "bag" on Beehive Lane. That would have
involved passing through at least two farmyards. However
we thought it unfair to farmers, given the worsening
Coronavirus situation. Instead I decided that
if I could see it, then that was good enough.
is a steep climb near the Helmside Farm part of the
road and the top is the path that leads to the northern
summit of Helm. I reckoned that from just beyond
the stile I could just make out the red of the postbox
in the distance. Job done and up we go.
shaggy cows ....
and seven wild horses were not at all interested in
us as we climbed.
view over Kendal from the top was superb with touches
of snow to be seen on the distant Lakeland hills.
target was Oxenholme station where a postbox was hiding.
It was strange to reflect that this was the first
time in over a year that either of us had set foot on
the station forecourt, never mind catch a train (which
of course we didn't ,though several seemed to be running).
is a highly unusual metal sculpture to be passed. Margaret
hadn't seen it before.
now needed to walk the full length of Oxenholme, noting
the box that is outside what used to be a shop and Post
Office but is now empty. On reaching Burton Road
we turned left to a box where you had to get up early
to catch the postman- 9 a.m. through the week and 7
a.m. on Sunday!
along, we examined what we could see of the new sheltered
housing development. "Your future starts
here." But for how long?
one more to go. Down Helm Lane and across the
Green to the Post Office.
done, home in time for lunch. And that's it for
the day. Not allowed to go out again!
Tuesday 12th January 2012