: Ladies Invitation Day
4th December 2008
year, round about this time, we have a BOOTboys
night out. This year, we decided to make it a
fuller experience by incorporating a daytime outing pitched
at a level to suit all those partying in the evening.
This gave us the opportunity to welcome back Pete
after an absence from the fells of nearly two years
and for a further instalment of the Comeback Trail for
John. As a gentle four miler around Farleton Knott
was the objective, the ladies were also invited to join
don't know if it was the snow, the ice, the mist or
the rain or perhaps the 20% off at Marks & Spencer,
but for some reason none of the ladies chose to join
us. We nearly didn't have Bryan, either. The
snow in Kendal was much deeper than south of town and
having looked out of his window onto six inches of snow,
he was surprised to discover the expedition was still
on the other hand, was in his element. The late
start not only meant Pete could drive the 100 miles
in daylight, Tony could actually have his lunch at the
appointed hour before setting off, although his road
too was treacherous. Stan's was even worse- even
the gritters had failed to make it up his hill.
Met Office forecast was for it to fair up in the early
afternoon but it required an act of faith as we drove
down the A65 in the sleet. Farleton Knott was
shrouded in mist but then, suddenly as we parked, it
Knott emerging from the mist
plan was to climb up by the bridle path towards Hutton
Roof Crags in order to take Farleton Knott by surprise
path was steeper than I remembered it, quite rough and
very icy- tricky conditions for someone recovering from
a second replacement knee operation but John was going
well. By the time we curved off round the back of the
limestone pavement we were in snow and it looked as
if we might get caught by a snow shower. We took
an emergency team photo, just in case, but fortunately
the shower more or less missed us.
leads the charge
Emergency team photo
on a grey and misty day, the view from the top is impressive.
Given that there was a strong (and very cold)
wind blowing on the top, it was strange to see the factory
smoke rising vertically.
can almost see the Lake District!
was particularly intrigued by spotted a fishable tarn
that he knew nothing about.
Whitbarrow Scar and Tony's target
took a short break below the limestone cliff where Stan
had his lunch and Pete relived the last time he was
here- circa 1973 when a few of us were given a rock
climbing lesson by Graham.
original climb was memorable for his trousers
splitting and something not normally seen
on the fells dangling out.
recollection is that I was throwing stones
at these objects but I am sure that can't
was it my imagination or did something similar
happen to Pete's trousers on this occasion?
of a squeamish disposition ought not click
on Pete's photograph on the right for an
enlargement, for fear that it might offend
relives his youth!
that the way down would be even slippier than the climb,
I took the precaution of fitting my Grivel Spiders instep
crampons and they performed superbly. I highly
safely back at the car, we returned to Kendal to prepare
for the evening session.
had booked in at Rococo Joe's for 6:30 p.m. and, this
being Ladies Invitation Day, the ladies had been invited
to dine at a different restaurant, the New Moon, at
meal was excellent and was followed by a tour, not entirely
to Tony's liking, of the fleshpots of Kendal. Firstly,
the Ivy Leaf Club where we were spotted by a certain
retired doctor who will now enjoy his five minutes of
Dr Paul spots the BOOTboys
picture in the Ivy Leaf Club
on to a remarkably busy Burgundy's Wine Bar following
which, John was in need of his cocoa so he made an excuse
and left. Meanwhile, we undertook the serious
assault of an icy Beast Banks to the Rifleman's Arms,
to which the ladies had been invited to join us after
their meal. As expected, there were many musicians
busking away but, sadly, no John S (although son Daniel
was plucking away on his guitar) nor Tony the Silversmith.
The ladies arrived shortly after us, having dined
well at the New Moon, and the party continued until
midnight. Or much later in our case, being restarted
once we arrived home with Pete & Col!
I was rather unkind to Kendal's Councillors and their
Christmas lighting efforts. I take it back. Kendal's
lights this year are a big improvement on the previous
pathetic efforts. Strangely, the same cannot be
said about the various establishments we visited. Not
a great deal of effort had been put into festive decorations
in any of them.
it was because we hadn't opted for the Christmas menus?
everyone enjoyed the night but the ladies kept asking
why had they not been invited to dine with us at the
same restaurant at the same time? It's a good
question. If they are good to their BOOTboys, the entertainments
committee will review the ladies invitation arrangements
for next year!
in this cold and grey weather, let me conclude by returning
to our rather warmer French trip and international exposure.
passed me a CD of his photos from Menton
Amongst the many splendid pictures are three
I want to highlight. The first, a team photo
at sunset on arrival showing the Winter Palace catching
the last rays and, as a backdrop, the jagged hills just
one of the Annonciade which I think captures the peace
and tranquility of the place with its path seemingly
radiating from the chapel. On the right, one featuring
Bryan stood in front of one of my favourite Menton views,
the Jardins Biovès with the mountains behind.
Bryan and the
had not expected to return to the subject
of the Romanesque tramaduct from Menton
to Sospel via Castillon (see BB0836
but Jilly spotted an item in the Menton
section of the local paper Nice Matin
together with this picture.
gist of the article is that every town
wanted its tramway link but this was the
most difficult due to the steep mountainous
read the article (written in French, naturally)
click on Nice
le train arrivait au village
title "Quand le tram arrivait au village"
reminded me of a naughty old song sung
to the tune of Dvorak's Humoresque No. 7.
the train is in the station....."
I thought about this last night, I would probably have
started singing it!
be happy that I didn't!
5th December 2008
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What's It All About, Tony?
The Hidden Mountain
The Bowland CROW
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The Northern Tip
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Black, White or Grey Combe?
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: Mosedale Cottage Revisited
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: Escape from the Madness
: Only on a Thursday
: Reflections on Thirlmere
: Reet Grand Randonnées
- 19th November
: Back to Real8ty
: Ladies Invitation Day
: Why Mungrisedale Common?
: Breast High in Bretherdale
: Helm, direttissimo
: Cunswick Fell and back in the dark!
- BskiB08 : Bootski Boys in the Sella Ronda
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