A North Pennine Ramble

Walking more of the old ways.

Walking the Old Ways

For a while I could almost have thought I was back on northern Dartmoor in the old days when, apart from the ancient tracks, there were fewer paths. In recent years, paths have sprung up on Dartmoor, from tor to tor and from antiquity to antiquity etc.

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In those golden olden days we used to have to find our own way across pathless and rough countryside, navigating in good weather on distant landmarks, or in bad on compass bearings.

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Anyway, a long way from Dartmoor as I thought back to those days. Though the geological roots are different, the long and peaty stretch of the North Pennines reminded me greatly of the plateau of North Dartmoor.

VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110 Foxgloves on the Track from Dufton

We set out from Dufton intending only to walk up the old lead miners track into the Pennines to visit Great Rundale Tarn. A…

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The Compleat Trespasser by John Bainbridge

A good review of “The Compleat Trespasser” by John Bainbridge.

Mick Canning

This time, the review without any distracting rants. Probably.


Sub-titled Journeys into Forbidden Britain, it immediately sets out its agenda: it is both a potted history of how the land was stolen from the inhabitants of Britain, and the long struggles to regain access to much of it, with numerous anecdotes of the author’s own escapades trespassing.

The story of how the inhabitants of Britain came to lose their access to the majority of the land is a story that has been repeated throughout most of Europe and beyond. Land forcibly taken by invading armies and distributed partly to their soldiers, but mainly their officials or nobility. Land enclosed by lords and kings for hunting purposes, burning villages and evicting their inhabitants from the land. Land taken by acts of Parliament to further enrich the gentry. Land given by kings to the established church, so that peasants might labour…

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Bigotry – you have to be carefully taught (from “South Pacific’)

The right things to teach to stop prejudice.


I have often cited these words, but the following is from a post I wrote several years ago. I repeat it hear due to its relevance today.

For those of you who have seen the play or movie “South Pacific” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, you may recognize part of the title as a pivotal song in the story – “You’ve Got to be CarefullyTaught.” The play involves a woman who falls in love with someone and then realizes his children are half islanders. She has a hard time coming to grips with her bigotry as according to the song, we are not born hating; hatred has to be carefully taught. A sample of Hammerstein’s lyrics follow:

“You’ve got to be taught, to hate and fear. You’ve got to be taught, from year to year. It’s got to be drummed in your dear little head. You’ve got to be…

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Friday John Ku – AKA – TGIF

Wise words.

Fiction Favorites

“I love Fridays don’t you, Lucy.”
“I do Little One.”
“The yard is nice today.”
“It is.”
“I’ll give you a head start for tag.”
“I appreciate that.”

Friday is here, and so are we. (You. are there, right?)  The bars are open, and folks are having a swell time. Here’s a piece of information that should have the word DUH hung on it. Memorial Day was May 26th, precisely 14 days later (yesterday) the number of Covid-19 cases here in Austin reached a new high point.

Here is another DUH statement. The stock market took a dive yesterday because of growing fears of increased Coronavirus cases.

So what did everyone expect? The most effective way of avoiding contracting the virus is to stay away from people. Gather together, and guess what’s going to happen?

The protests will help to ramp the cases as well. All this should come as no…

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Sharing My World 01-06-2020

Yes, most birds fly. That’s what they do. It seems they don’t care about posing for pictures. Selfish birds. 😦 — Suzanne

draliman on life

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Is it ever okay to commit a crime? Please explain.
Only if you’re very rich and have no conscience. That way you’ll get off with it and you won’t care who got hurt.

Do you deal with change well?
I don’t like change. It always takes me a while to get used to things.

Do you like birds? The sound of bird song in the morning, taking pictures of them, as food? 
Yes to all! I don’t have many photos of birds though as they keep flying away. Here’s a couple of gulls.

What’s the least used item of clothing you own?
Probably my suit. I wear it one to two times per year (Christmas parties). It’s cool, though. It has a little waistcoat 🙂

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Peak Experience~

Beautiful pictures from Cindy Knoke of the Laguna/Borrego Escarpment in California near The Holler.

Quarantine is good for hiking up to places where no humans are!

This is the Laguna/Borrego Escarpment close to The Holler.

It is the ridgeline of the Laguna Mountain Range in Southern California. The Pacific Coast Trail runs through here and you cross it coming up.

You are looking down from the ridgeline onto the Anza Borrego Desert, parts of which are below sea level.

Butterflies are up here enmass because the wildflowers are blooming.

The hike up is strenuous, but good exercise, and the views make it the perfect place for a quarantine picnic.

Cheers to you from a lonely view~

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Voice Of Wisdom — Barack Obama

The very idea that little children are that scared. Why wouldn’t they be, since their families are, with good reason?

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The people living in the United States have no leader, the country is a rudderless ship adrift in a very stormy sea.  But one man stands out, his words are wise and offer real solutions, and today I would like to share with you those words, the words of a true leader, President Barack Obama …

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

Barack Obama


As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached out asking how we can sustain momentum to bring about real change.

Ultimately, it’s going to be up to a new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times. But I believe there are some basic lessons to draw from past efforts that are…

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