: The Comeback Continues
21st May 2009
were uncertain as to how much progress John would have
made since BB0912 (his most
recent comeback walk since his second knee operation) other than knowing
that, like a lot of rugby players these days, he had been
to France on a special visit. Was this secret
In order not to
be taken by surprise and put to shame, a spot of intensive
exercise was undertaken last week by Philip and me. In company with Ann and Margaret plus our
skiing pals Dave and Pam, we went to Majorca to become "Los
chicos y las chicas de la bota”.
based ourselves in the lovely old town of Soller, little
realising it was to become a war zone. Even as
we unpacked, strangely dressed people with blacked up
faces started wandering into the town, making a great
deal of noise, carrying Turkish flags and brandishing
an array of weapons.
hotel staff warned us that the town was being over-run
by Muslims and it would be some hours before the Christian
reinforcements would arrive to rescue us. Meanwhile
they warned of extreme danger of leaving the grounds
and best to eat at the hotel restaurant. Holed
up like war correspondents, with the hotel gate firmly
closed against marauders, we watched the Muslim commander
climb the tower of the citadel and capture the Christian
flag (it looked just like St George’s to me). The
square was full of thousands of brigands. Bombs
were going off all around.
that our troops were on their way, we dined in relaxed
style like First World War generals whilst the heat
of the battle erupted all around us. After an
excellent meal, we emerged onto the battleground to
find that, as planned, the Christians had indeed recaptured
the town and peace had been restored. The strange
thing was that there were hardly any Christians to be
seen. The square was still full of hundreds of
Turkish flag waving mercenaries celebrating their defeat.
Bizarre but then the Lord of Hosts moves in very
Moors celebrate their defeat....
can learn more about the Battle for Soller at Contemporary
Sant Ponç 1561.
such a politically incorrect fiesta, three days
walking could have been almost an anti-climax. However,
it is beautiful countryside and excellent walking territory
even in the rain that we experienced - much softer and
warmer than ours. And we saw a Hoopoe!
view from the Port de Soller Watchtower
need not have worried about John; his trip to France
turned out to have been rather more relaxed, not exactly
special training. His
target for today was Loughrigg. Pete had
again driven up from Cheshire, although he was rather
tired, having had a bit of a cock-up in the alarm department-
he set it for 6:30 a.m., responded to its call, got up, made breakfast,
then heard on the news that it was almost 4:30 a.m.!
Two hours of sleep forfeited!
joined us for his first BOOTboy outing; Philip and I making
up the team of five.
was some debate as to whether to go the steep way up
or to save the steps for the descent. John favoured
the latter so we parked above Pelter Bridge, near Rydal
very still Rydal Water
we climbed up by the side of Lanty Scar, listening to
the first cuckoo of spring, we were expecting a thorough
drenching sooner or later. The forecast was for
heavy showers. Fortunately, other than a minor
sprinkling, nothing of the sort materialised. It
was breezy and some heavy clouds flouted by but the
day progressively improved.
joined the motorway that comes up from south and stopped
for a coffee break. A linger was being enjoyed
by most of us but John seemed anxious to press
on. Shortly after, the view started to open out with
a spectacular panorama.
Tarn, Coniston Fells, Langdale Fells and Loughrigg ahead
Loughrigg Fell soon surrendered. At the
top were two men with a large antenna pointing down
the valley. What they were listening to, we could
not ascertain. Perhaps we should have asked them.
what are they listening?
down a little from the summit, we found a sheltered
position to enjoy the view and a midday lunch. Somehow
it seems easier to eat early if there is no Tony with
us to annoy! A very friendly Jackdaw was anxious
to share any offerings.
much photographed view of Grasmere
for the steep descent, part of which is paved with semi-ambulant
steps, part is unpaved and part is paved with very unambulant
steps- rather tricky for dodgy knees. If it had not been for the view, John might
have regretted the decision to go this way round.
by the thousand....
as admired by the BOOTboys
Once down at Loughrigg Terrace, where
the bluebells were out in full force, John was game for a short
extension through the woods in the Grasmere direction before turning back
to the lake shore and then back along the Terrace, past
Rydal Water, to the cave. The pond was teeming
with fish. How do they get there and where do
they go when they grow up?
Rydal Cave fish pond
to civilisation, the first garden we passed was full
of azaleas. It reminded me of my early days in
Kendal, when Margaret was teaching in Cleator Moor and
we used to meet up at Keswick, to which I would travel
by bus. The 555 route is attractive in (nearly)
all weathers but arguably at its best in May when the
Rhododendrons are in full bloom, a spectacular sight from
the top deck.
was a little stiff on reaching the car but is making
good progress. We look forward to his next comeback
21st May 2009
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21st May 2009
John, Mike, Pete, Philip
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: A Gordon Day Out
: Thank You,
Wednesday 14th January
: A Wicked Hike???
: Take a Mug With You
: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
(but Uncle Monty Can Not)
Thursday 12th February
: Badgers on the Line
: It's not a W!
: Up on the Roof
: Not the Blisco Dashers
Thursday 2nd April
: John's Comeback
Monday 6th April
: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
: Companions of the BOOT
: The Gale Force Choice
: The Comeback Continues
28th May - 2nd June
: Has Anyone Seen Lily?
Feet on the Greenburn Horseshoe
- BB0921 :
The Tebay Fell Race Walk
: For England and St George
: The Coniston Outliers
Friday 31st July
: Little To Be Said In Favour?
: The Third Night of the Rescue
: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
: Dear Mrs Scroggins
Friday 11th September
: An Ard Day's Hike
Thursday 17th September
A Canter of Convalescents?
International Autumnal Expedition
Sunday 27th September
- BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
Thursday 1st October
- BB0932 : Paths of Glory?
Thursday 8th October
: When Yorkshire Was Welsh
- BB0934 : Unlocking the Whinlatters
Thursday 22nd October
: A Tale of Crinkley Bottoms
: Aye Up What?
: Where Eagles Wade
: After the Floods
: The Mystery of the Missing Glove
: A Too Short Walk
: One Hundred and Onesfell
: Back to the Beginning
: BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
- 21st March
: Los Chicos
y las Chicas de la Bota
11th - 14th May
: Peaked Too Soon
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