Thursday, 01 July 2004
Fond Memories Now A Foreign Land
CREDITS [L. to R.]: © [1-2] Dave Newton/Daves-Lakeland-Mountains.co.uk
© [3-5] Tony Richards/LakelandCAM.co.uk
WHERE: England. WHAT: nostalgia. MAPS: Whitbarrow; and Giggleswick/Settle.
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We have been watching Bill Bryson's Notes From a Small Island, and confess to tiny twinges of nostalgic longing for the Sceptered Isles - all four hundred plus of them, according to Bill. We now realize that this is a foreign land to us, albeit in a different way from Bill, who only lived there for twenty five years, and for whom returning to America must have been an experience like the one we expect, if we ever go back!
From our regular trawl of the UK CAM sites, we bring you some recent misty eyed favorites (L. to R. in the thumbnail strip): two  views around Whitbarrow, by Dave Newton; by Tony Richards, Giggleswick ; and two  views of Settle.
We recently reported on Dave's tactical withdrawal from a hike along the Cumbrian Way, so we were pleased that he achieved that special satisfaction that comes from completing a circular walk. Not only that, but Dave circumnavigated one of those tiny garnet-like gems that are part of the setting for the big diamonds that are the much better known hills and waters of the English Lake District. Tomorrow we will look at an uncompleted circumnavigation on a grander scale; but just a tiny incompletion.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)