Corpse Road from Chapel Stile

A walk to Corpse Road from Chapel Stile.

Walking the Old Ways

One of the loveliest and easiest routes in the Lakes is along the old corpse route from Chapel Stile to Grasmere. Some beautiful scenery and a wonderful paved path some of the way. Until the church at Chapel Stile was built, the dead of the Langdale Valley would have been carried to Grasmere for burial.

DSCF2130 A Glimpse of Grasmere (c) John Bainbridge 2020

It’s a short route, so we walked it in both directions, from Grasmere to Chapel Stile and then back again.

We walked up the lane from Grasmere to Huntingstile, where almost immediately you arrive at the paved section of the path. It seems almost miraculous to me that such old paths have survived as much as they have. It’s why we really must fight to preserve the original lines of our ancient rights of way. Take them away and you take away a hugely important part of…

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Impotent Tyranny

What amounts to impotent tyranny.

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I’ve been doing some thinking about Trump’s ‘executive orders’ last week, how he has overstepped his authority, shredded the Constitution yet again, and all for naught, for nothing he did is likely to help very many of the people who need help the most.  He is all pomp, no substance, as is proven by the fact that rather than sign these orders in his office as would have been appropriate, he took them to his country club to sign them in front of a group of rich, old, white men sipping wine who applauded enthusiastically, for they have no horse in this race.

Today I happened across a piece written by a freelance writer, Joel Mathis, writing for The Week, that I thought covered the matter well, so I am sharing it here today.

Donald Trump’s impotent tyranny

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Everything is a show with Donald Trump.

He was…

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Announcing the Launch of HMS Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack

A new book by C.S. Boyack, “HMS Lanternfish”

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Hey everyone. I’m so glad to be able to participate in the launch of Craig Boyack’s new book. One of the reasons I’m glad is Lisa Buton, Craig’s spokesperson is here in person.  So not to waste a moment here is Lisa.

Hi, John. We’ve got to stop meeting up like this, or people are going to talk. Anyhoo, I’m here to talk about Craig’s new book and offer some great deals along the way.

The new one is called HMS Lanternfish, and it’s the second book in the series. James and his pirate crew are back, and this time they’re diving into the war effort.

In Voyage of the Lanternfish, they dealt with a lot of hardships. They were short on food and water, munitions, guns, and everything else. This time, they have to deal with too much. The hold of a ship will only contain so much…

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Final Flurry & Fotos~

Hummingbirds, the flying fairies.

Of flying fairies.

It’s a bit tricky to take a photo and feed a hummer at the same time!

Most of The Holler Hummers are packing on calories now to prepare for migration.

Black Chinned Hummingbirds, like the one pictured above, travel to western Mexico or the Gulf.

Rufous Hummingbirds (above) have one of the largest migratory bird journeys in the world, flying up to 3,900 miles each year. Rufous populations are in decline due to habitat destruction and they are now designated a threatened species.

Some Anna’s hummingbirds stay year round at The Holler.

Responsibly maintained backyard bird feeders have helped vulnerable hummingbird species thrive.

They have brought dwindling population numbers up and expanded the territory of many species.

During migration, hummingbird hearts can beat over 1200 times per minute, their wings can flap 80 times per second, and they often fly alone.

Cheers to you from The Holler’s…

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On the Quarantine front…

Kawanee is feeling better but still having problems.

Hey guys!

So, I had to get tested for Covid19 and so did my mother. We both tested negative, but I’m on meds for it because despite the negative, I am symptomatic. The meds are working! They said I had to quarantine for 2 weeks from the last time I worked with the kid. Well, that was up last week. 🙂

On Tuesday the 4th, I got my pulse oximeter. I wanted to get one because I knew I was still having some issues with breathing and I’m a new asthmatic. I don’t know the warning signs of an impending attack so I figured it would help. Turns out I’m right, I’m having issues.

I was running around 96% in blood oxygen and my heart was running in the 100’s even at rest. I was dropping into 95%, the doctor said 94 was bad and 92 was Emergency room time…

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A mixed bag of news..

Kewanee may have COVID 19.

So last week, I got a new job! Yay!!! Was so excited…. looking forward to going back to work but with some trepidation due to being in the Southern US and the covid being a persistent thing due to… well being stupid. I mean I want to sugar coat it and be nice, but it’s just not possible when this literally happened to me:

Our governor reopened our state and then went to phase 2 while we are still peaking in Covid19 cases. So I decided to tell him my thoughts on his facebook page where he’s touting our so called success.

Me to the governor of my state: What are you doing?! You are opening up way too soon! How is 600+ cases a day doing great? We only have 172 ICU beds in the entire state! We have 79 counties… that’s like 2 people per county and we…

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FF – Wear a White Hat

Yep. Two articles of clothing you shouldn’t wear if you want to live longer. Too bad boys. 😦 — Suzanne

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Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Jennifer Pendergast back in April 2015.

This week I used lots of “tham thars” to add an authentic Wild West feel. I hope I didn’t overdo it 😉

If you want to read a more sensible tale, here’s the story I wrote back in the day.

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“Quick, Jed, through tham thar railroad cars an’ inta that thar desert!”


“They’s gettin’ closer, Herb!”

“Shuddup an’ run, Jed! Darn, I’m right regretting tham thar grits I ‘ad fer breakfast, all this runnin’.”

“Quit bellyachin’, them varmints is a-comin’ closer!”


“Why they shootin’ at us, Herb? We ain’t done nothin’ wrong!”

“I tol’ ya, ya shouldn’t’a bought that thar black hat. I bet in years ta come, bad folks’ll be wearing tham thar black hats in them new-fangled movin’ pictures

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75 Years Ago – 6 August 1945

Let’s never let this happen again.

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Today, 06 August 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima by the United States.  I know many disagree with me, but in my opinion, the bombing of Hiroshima, and three days later Nagasaki, were nothing short of war crimes, of crimes against humanity.  Approximately 210,000 people died as a result of those two bombings.. These people were not the military brass who were leading the Japanese army and navy in attacks against the allies, nor were they even the soldiers who were following orders.  They were innocents — senior citizens, women, children, civil servants — people who were only going about their lives until suddenly … BOOM … they no longer had lives to go about.  I will always believe that the use of nuclear weaponry is wrong.  Period.

Three years ago at the observance of the anniversary, Japan held their annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial…

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Good People Doing Good Things – Little Kids With BIG Hearts

Children doing good things for others.

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This is only the second time in the 3+ years I’ve been doing ‘good people’ posts that I’ve repeated one, but tonight I am having some vision issues and really need to give my eyes a break from the computer.  I first posted this in March 2017, so it will be new to many of you.  I think you’ll agree that these kids give us hope for our future …

Children may only be able to do small-scale deeds, but it shows us that though their bodies may be small, their hearts are big. And since these pint-sized do-gooders hold our future in their hands, it is good to see that they already have a sense of caring for others, a sense of humanity.

You are never too young to understand the value of helping others.  Second grader Phoebe Brown was running errands with her mother last week in Independence…

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Who You Gonna Trust?

Who we should believe. Should it be the experts in science and health or the President with no credentials in health or science.?

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If you call a plumber to repair a leaky pipe, and he diagnoses the problem, hands you an estimate for a new piece of pipe and attachments plus his labour, you don’t typically tell him that he’s wrong and you don’t need a new pipe, only a piece of duct tape.  If you have pain in your side, you go to the doctor, and he tells you that you have appendicitis and need an operation, you don’t typically tell him that he’s wrong and you only need an antacid.  When things go wrong, we rely on experts to diagnose and fix the problem.  Experts have specialized education, training and skills that we lack, so we trust them to take care of the problems that occur, whether with our homes, our cars, or our bodies.

Within the administration of our federal government, we have experts in all fields from the environment…

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