: Ding Dong!
19th August 2021
11 o'clock on Wednesday night. The
phone rings. It’s the paramedic from
the NHS111 help line. I had phoned
earlier about my problem. I was worried
it might stop me going out with the BOOTboys.
We have an interesting chat about
the offending Trombiculidae.
might know them better as Harvest
this is still a mystery (or
even if it isn’t) I suggest
you consult Seasick
the right, here. He’ll
tell you all about them.
on his picture and you will
hear him explaining the problem
me alone, little chiggers.
lay your babies on my legs
the para-medic and I have an interesting
chat about biting beasties. He tells
me then when he is bitten, he hits himself
to stop him scratching. I tell him
I am practicing air-scratching. He
recommends moisturising cream. He
tells me that the military protect themselves
against such creatures with the help of
the Avon Lady and her Skin So Soft lotion.
Apparently insects don’t like it.
now Thursday morning. It's been a
very itchy night, but I feel ready to risk
whatever Orton can throw at me even though
I haven’t yet heard the Ding Dong of the
spend some time just looking round the village
and its old church. Inside is a row
of three ancient bells. Ding, Dong
set off through fields and up to Orton Scar.
I have my trousers tucked into my
socks to stop any more of the little chiggers
the top of Beacon Hill stands the Queen
Victoria Jubilee Monument. In case you didn't
know, this is an obelisk that celebrates
the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
to be more prosaic:
the 21st June 1887
this Ancient Beacon Fire was here Kindled
by the Loyal
Subjects of Crosby Ravensworth and Orton
to Commemorate the Jubilee Year of the
of her Gracious Majesty Victoria Queen and Empress.
next objective is to cross one of England
best Limestone pavements, Great Asby Scar,
in search of Castle Folds. This is
what is left of a Romano-British walled,
stone hut circle settlement.
can easily see the outline of some of the
buildings. Indeed we have lunch using
one of them as a bit of shelter from the
it looks much more impressive from above
as you will see if you click on this link
we wander on to High Pike and its five guardians.
These are cone shaped cairns of uncertain
comitibus is Martin, Robin, Tony and me
so we can’t make use of them all for our
team picture. I suppose we could tie
Holly (Robin's dog) to the far one but somehow
she manages to appear twice in the photo
below so maybe we would have to build a
retrace our steps gingerly across the glints
and crikes (sounds better than clints and
grikes) then continue to visit the trig
point on Knott. I WhatsApp a photo
of its plate, BM 10674,. I thought
that after all the interest in these things
earlier in the year (BB2101
for example) someone might be interested.
No-one responds. Have I found
one too challenging?
the bottom of the hill is more
history, the Gamelands Stone
Circle. It is over 3,000
are something like 40 stones,
all fallen, in a circle of diameter
about 100 feet. You can
see it much better from the
sky, hence the Google Earth
for a full 360° panorama
disagreement erupts as to whether
they were for astronomic predictions,
the gathering place of the tribe
or a monument to the dead. Maybe
in Orton, we all buy chocolates for our
loved ones at Kennedy's shop. I am
starting to itch again. It is no surprise
that we eschew the
Temperance Hotel in favour of The George.
We sit in the beer garden reflecting
on the day and all the mysterious history
arrive home desperately trying hard not
hands me the Skin So Soft.
must tell Seasick Steve.
Little Chiggers. You’re
not going to get me again.
more, I will be the sweetest smelling BOOTboy
as the Master of Suave, Leslie
would have remarked:
say ..................... Ding Dong!
Thursday 19th August 2021
Martin (+ Holly), Don, Tony (+ Holly), Robin