Winter is here. Well, it’s supposed to be here, but our average temperature is above the normal. It has rained a lot, in fact as I write, it is a deluge. Long gone are the pleasant days and evenings of our summer. I still ride out, trying to dodge the showers, and soft ground. It’s […]
After a quiet month, since my last sojourn up Helvellyn, I have done nothing. It has rained relentlessly, strong winds and alternating mild and cold. However, yesterday, I was out!….Friends asked me to ride with them across the English Scottish Border at a place called, Bloody Bush! Bloody Bush!…So named after a violent skirmish between […]
3111 feet high, it commands a central position in the Lake District, a National Park in the UK. Centuries ago, the Packhorse Routes criss crossed these mountains, carrying Salt, Lead, Graphite and many other useful products to places far and wide, via the sea ports on the west coast of Britain. One such route crossed […]
I write this with a heavy heart, Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth 2nd has passed away . No doubt everyone will have some thoughts on the matter but for me? I am a Veteran, I served during a time of turbulence, terrorism and aggressors, so nothing has changed, except the names and dates. Elizabeth was […]
A late afternoon ride with friends turned into a late home ride in the dark. We waited until the last rays of the sun sank behind Blencathra, then we dawdled away back to Scales Farm. A beautiful evening marred by absolutely nothing. Even the rising of the Blood Moon, was extraordinary, it was a calm […]
There are times in my life, when something magical happens. This night was one of those, an on spec invitation to ride with friends above Ullswater, Lake District, UK. The light was dying and a momentary chance to sit and take it all in. My good friend Rachel took this, I cannot thank her enough. […]
I have often ridden over areas of land, that I thought were free to roam by us none landowning proletariat. Not so it seems, to my everlasting shame, I have been ignorant of English Land Law. While Scotland has a Right to Roam Act, England alas, has not. The saving grace in all this, are […]
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