Thursday, 29 April 2010

Pics Of Last Weeks Walk

Hello everyone, Bob has just posted some pictures of his last walk over at the Hiking Gardener blog. Just click [HERE] if you want to take a look.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Bring back any memories? (Part One).

Hello everyone, here is something my brother in law John sent me, some of you may enjoy the memories, others may enjoy the laugh.
Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite 'fast food' when you were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.' 'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?' 'It was a place called 'home,'' I explained. ! 'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.' By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I'd figured his system could have handled it: Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card. My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10.It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 10 pm, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people... I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line. Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --My brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive. If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing. Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

Monday, 26 April 2010

The Joke's On Us.

Today I finished off forking over the rose garden borders, I also got the last of the potatoes planted plus some more lettuce and the first of the rocket and spicy greens mix salad leaves. I have a few more things to get in as soon as possible.
I opened a new bucket of blood fish and bone this morning and was quite amazed at how much wasted space there was in the bucket. I thought when I bought it the bucket looked way bigger than normal now it seems its just another of lifes scams.

I don't feel cheated about the lack of fertiliser as it says 10kg on the bucket but what really gets me is that the hippys of this world are forever going on about saving the planet yet never seem to bother about scams like this, there is twice as much plastic involved as there needs to be, all of which needs getting rid of, when the truck that was hauling the stuff half way round the world was full it was still half empty yet I'm the one made to pay for running my car on a weekend. This bucket is only one example, every darn thing you open is half empty, and whats it all for? Its just to con us in to thinking we're getting more than we are. Talking of bonemeal or any fertiliser there was a time when you could get 25kg bags of the stuff, how come now you can only get it in these stupid buckets which no doubt adds another couple of pound on to the price of the product as well as halving the amount you get. Anyway if you want me to take global warming seriously you're going to have to set a better example than this, then I might follow, until then its just a joke.
Thank you for your comments on the last walk I did. I have added some pictures in to the posts now if you want to go back for a second look.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

New Lease Of Life.

I seem to have developed a new lease of life. My legs are no longer sulking and my foot doesn't hurt so much any more. I probably gone and lost all feeling in them or something. Anyway we're on the home stretch now just two miles of level walking. Oh I just got a smile from a nice young girl! What more can an old bugger ask for? I will point out that she was on a bike so I guess she felt pretty safe being all rash with her smiles and my legs the way thwy are.

A Palm mobile post.

Back Tor

My Poor Legs.

After the decent of constant sorrow and climb of endless breaks my legs or on the verge of conking out. My foot is getting more painful due I think to the slightest of creases in the insole but there is nothing I can do about any of this except keep pressing on. I could murder a beer.

A Palm mobile post.

The Path From Win Hil.

View From Win Hill.

What More?

I'm sitting here in the sunshine on a stool provided by God

looking out over a view

also provided by him and I can't help but wonder what more do we need to make us happy.

A Palm mobile post.

Of Walking.

Today Bob is off on another walk. It looks like being a nice day with some sun and a gentle breeze.

A Palm mobile post

Monday, 19 April 2010

Mountain Bothies Association.

Hello everyone,
I spent most of today tidying up the path in to the walled garden, I forgot to take a picture before I started so you will just have to make do with the end result. It had basically go so there was a path about foot wide so I put an edge to the lawn and skimmed off the grass and weeds to return the path to its proper width, it just needs a bit of fresh gravel on it now but I doubt that will happen any time soon but it looks better anyway.

In a previous post about my last walk Woody Wilbury left this comment 'I knew I recognised those photos!! You've done the circuit I occasionally do, but in the opposite direction. I usuallly have a fry-up brunch in the shooting cabin in Lower Small Clough.'. As it happens I took a few pictures of the shooting cabins that he talks about so I will show you them tonight.
There are two, this being one.

This is the other.

Inside the second one there is a table and some chairs and benches, these buildings are very welcome on cold wet days and can be life savers on occasion even though the accomodation is very basic. There is even a visitors book.

There is an organisation that maintain shelters such as this, most of which are in Scotland but there are a few in England and Wales. As far as I know though this particualr shelter is not one that is maintained by them. If you would like to read more about their work click HERE .

Friday, 16 April 2010

Forking The Long Border.

Today I'm going to be forking over the long Dahlia border. I left some tubers to over winter in the ground but I doubt there will be many come up after last winter, or let's put it this way, if they do come up why have we been digging them up to store all these years. Thankfully I took most of them out so any losses can be easily replaced by cuttings or division.

A Palm mobile post.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Extracts From The Day.

I just can't tell you what its like where I am now. I'm on a piece of land in a fork between two streams the sun is shining and all I can here is water. I wish I could bring all my friends here one at a time because I know they would remember it for always and when they remember it would be sure to fill their hearts with joy.

I just reached the first big peak in the walk, everything is good. Got a little hot but I tend to be a hot person so it doesn't take much. Now I have the downhill before the last big up. Just having a break now though, the only sound is the grass whishpering in the warm breeze. I love these places.

Stretching out before me is the last big hill, one mile of steep climb. I could of course say begger it and take the short cut along a level tarmac road but where would the challenge be in that?

There are no real problems other than my legs ache a little as does my back and eyes. I forgot my sunglasses but its ok no big deal. I'm cool now under these pine trees so that's good.

Can't send this right now as I don't have a signal, will try later when a little way up the hill.

Well that wasn't to bad. Its amazing when you get to Alport Castles, there is this brill view down the valley to the Snake Pass road. I have a very tame sheep for company at the moment, no funny business though I promise.

There now follows a steady walk along the ridge overlooking Snake Pass before dropping down to the car. I then need to find some dinner and go visit my sister at Bakewell. I don't know how many of these posts have been published but I will take a look tomorrow and also add some pictures I've taken. Take care everyone.

A Palm mobile post.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010


Today has mostly been spent weeding and forking, at the moment I'm
trying to get some more of the rose garden forked over, I must try and
get it done sooner than this next year if the weather will allow. I
also need to get the cutting deck on the tractor before I finish
tonight as I will hopefully need it tomorrow.

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Monday, 12 April 2010

Party Time!

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good day. I'm on my own this week as Vicki is away at a Christian convention at Skegness so it's party time for me and the dogs.

Today I have been cutting the conifer hedges around our cottages. The house nextdoor is empty at the moment so they wanted the hedge cutting before the new people move in so while I was at it I did the hedge around our garden too. Before you all go saying how Bob is taking advantage of his poor boss I will point out I had to use our electric to power the cutters so I think it's only fair that I got to cut our hedge in work time. I don't think the boss would really complain anyway.

There isn't a lot more to report today, I will post the pictures from my lastest walk shortly.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Fairholmes-Deer Holes-Alport Castles.

Hello everyone, how are you today? I’m good and just been busy getting my stuff together ready for another walk tomorrow. The route card for which is below. This walk will be a few miles shorter than the last one but if you were to compare profiles you will see that where as the last one was mostly down hill this one has more up hill, I’ve even planned a sting in the tail as well so that should be fun. I see it says I will be walking fourteen miles but it could be up to a mile more than that after all the dodging about. Anyway it doesn’t really matter about that as the main thing is to keep on pushing the toughness of the walks, I need to do more hills.
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Jim asked me the other day how often I walk, well I walk just over two miles most nights with Tom and I’m trying to do a day’s walk every other weekend because if you leave it to long between walks you don’t develop the distance. By the end of May I want to be doing twenty miles with hills.
I will think of you all and take some pictures for you although it won’t be as interesting for you as the last walk in that respect but this walk is not a sight seeing trip.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Some More Pics.

Today Bob is over at his hiking blog showing the last pictures from his previous walk. Click [HERE] if you want to take a look.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Do You Like My New Wheels?

Today has been the first mowing day of the year, I didn’t get it all done because for the first you’re forever having to stop to pick things up or empty the grass box. Before you start you don’t think there is much grass to cut but you soon find there is more than you think. It should be easier after this though.

What do you think to my new wheels?

I know, most guys would only be this excited if it were a Ferrari not a hardening off trolley but I love it. I reckon its twice the size of my old trolley because what you see on there now filled the old one and I still have another three shelves I can add if I need too. Vicki asked her boss if he could spare one and he said yes so we went over yesterday to pick it up, I only set it up this morning though. So that was very kind of him and I am going to making sure I buy my compost from him from now on.

There is a new post on the Hiking Gardener for those interested, click [HERE]

Sunday, 4 April 2010

What's This Then?

If you want to see what this is click HERE

Friday, 2 April 2010

Moscar - Rowsley Walk.

Click [HERE] if you wish to see some pictures from my latest walk.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Earthing Up The Potatoes.

Thank you chzly for becoming a follower of my blog.
Today has been seed sowing day which normally would be Friday but given I have to take another holiday starting tonight I had to bring it forward by a day. I already missed last weeks seed sowing day so I couldn't afford to miss this one as well. All the seeds sown were indoors as the ground is not fit to walk on let alone work down and sow seeds in.

I also noticed the potatoes in pots are starting to put up good sized shoots so I put more compost in the pots to just leave the tips of the new growth showing.