2012: Friday Walks, The coat of many colours

The moss, the gloves, the coat. The colours of western Britain and Ireland

Late January, and Ronnie takes you on our walk on his ‘official’ birthday.

“Yes indeed ‘official’. Our good friend Rhona Simms, over on Facebook, has suggested that since on this day we’ve been doing the walk we planned to do a week ago, on my real birthday, that makes this my ‘official’ birthday! Just like Betty Windsor, the current ‘queen’ of England has a ‘real’ and an ‘official’ birthday. Well I’m as good as her any day, so why not?

Just to bring you up to speed, in case this is the first time you’ve stumbled across the drivel I occasionally write on what you might have thought was a blog purely about the work we do. Every Friday, Sarah and I take the day off (we’re self-employed, so no one cares or notices), go for a walk, and write about it in our Saturday blog.  But last Friday, on my birthday, our walk was rained off. And so we had to amuse ourselves in Liverpool for the day, admittedly not a hard thing to do!

But it wasn’t a walk, and the loss of it had nagged at us all week. So as Friday 27th January dawned ‘rainy but mixed’, we put on our waterproofs and set off for Cheshire, just over the Wirral border.

In fact the walk we’d settled on was one we first did two weeks before, down to the Marshlands around Neston and Ness, further up the Dee Estuary than our walks have taken us before. But being a celebratory walk, we’d decided not to do our usual packed lunch, but go to the pub, half way around the walk, and let them do the catering for us.

‘All very well for you,’ I can hear both of our readers cry ‘but we’ve already seen the pictures of that one. Show us something new!’ Well, calm down, we’ve thought of that. This time you’ll be seeing the walk through a different pair of eyes, mine. Sarah, you see, took most of the pictures last time. So this time, it’ll be me.

Which means you’ll see more of Sarah and, particularly, her coat of many colours. This coat, knitted by Sarah all through the glorious camping summer of 2006 is made of irregularly coloured Norro wool, in a colour blend that, to us, looks like the colours of Western Britain and Ireland, the places we feel most at home. The coat’s also been  a blanket, a pillow and a great comfort to Sarah through all of her treatment years. It’s no ordinary coat.

Setting off, the Norro wool coat Sarah knitted in close up

Along ancient bridleways and paths

The bluebells are on the way, but where are the snowdrops?

Brave, early crocuses. Battered by the rain

Down to the marshes, off out to Wales

Lunch approaches. The Harp Inn, Little Neston, marsh front

This marsh

Inside the pub for cheese toasties and chips. Yes, I was there and it has just rained

Sarah makes a friend

Old Quay, time for a cup of tea as the storm gathers

Back inland, snowdrops at last!

And as the light begins to go, Sarah attempts to climb a sheer rock cutting on a disused railway line, aided only by dangling ivy. No damage to model or coat ensued

And so, you see, this is a post about breast cancer. As I hope you can tell from this photo essay, nearly five years on from her diagnosis, Sarah has now reached a place of peace and happiness. Let it be a long now.

And as for me? Well Rhona’s told me it’s my ‘official’ birthday, blog’s done, time for a bit of celebrating?”

11 thoughts on “2012: Friday Walks, The coat of many colours

    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      It is a stunningly beautiful walk, Rhian. Mostly very rural, but in fact a complete circuit of the town of Neston. Have a great weekend yourself, we’re off training in the park now!

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  1. norell208

    Happy birthday. What beautiful pictures. Makes me sorry that I didn’t get to see more of the countryside of England last summer on my one week trip to the London area (just got out to Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor, Bath, Oxford and area by bus (two days). Wished I could have spent a week in the countryside. I also like to knit but haven’t made anything quite as colorful as the beautiful coat Sarah knitted.

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Hi Rae Ann, well you’ve seen some lovely places. Bath’s a particular favourite of our’s, Sarah loves the roof top spa there. Maybe we should organise countryside/coastal walk tours for visiting people, so you get to see the ‘Britain tourists don’t get to see’?

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      1. norell208

        That would be a great opportunity, and a sweet way to make some extra money in retirement. I wonder if anyone would want to see sights in my part of Idaho, just doesn’t sound as exciting as a stroll through the English countryside. But I could show people through the southwestern part of my home state, Colorado, near Tellluride, Ouray, Silverton, Durango, the Anasazi Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde, etc. Fantastic and breathtaking part of the US. I’d need to buy a four wheel drive first! Altitude up to 12,000 feet also, some acclimation to elevation would be needed for tourists from low areas.

      2. Ronnie Hughes Post author

        Well, speaking for us we haven’t retired! but I see what you mean. I think everywhere is beautiful if seen through the eyes of someone who loves the place.

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