Lost………Maybe Not!!!

I was alone, darkness was falling, I didn’t know where I was. How was I ever going to get home……….

So I had planned a run or cycle today, however my niggle free knee started to niggle. All because I caught my foot in my PJ bottoms (that’s what you get for buying a size too big cos they were cheap in the sale!!) as I carried the morning coffee/tea upstairs. Thankfully, and god knows how, I only spilt a little bit and squashed my Jaffa cakes, but other than that all was well until I started up the next staircase and felt a twinge. Plan B!

With the men in my life heading out to the rugby I decided on a walk, and thanks to an email last night asking about a railway relic I had photographed I decided to go back for another look -big mistake. Don’t get me wrong it was a lovely walk and a much longer walk than my gps would have you believe, but maybe not setting off until two wasn’t the best of ideas ,especially when I realised there was a building site through the middle of where I walk. Seemingly (so a nice lady dogwalker told me) they are replacing the old pit stacks, which they have discovered are poisonous ,with nice clean, non poisonous soil. Poisonous -eek. Jack and I have had life climbing up and down there -whoops.

The building site, threw me off track literally. I couldn’t find where I wanted to go, then when I did find it I couldn’t find my way back – I was starting to panic, but more because I didn’t want the chicken I’d left roasting to be overcooked than anything else -though I must confess it was a tad scary!!

Still, those regular readers of my blog will know that as good as I am at getting lost, I am also just as good at finding my way back. Today was no different and typically, having climbed muddy bankings and squelched my way through clay, dodgy soil and other things I came out on a path that would have taken me straight there. I would have been better running or cycling, it would have been easier on the knee.

By four o clock ish, I was nearly back at the car, and after a chat with some fishermen, who had been sat on the canal side for over eight hours (are they mad!) I headed home, caked in mud and clay. I certainly got some strange looks when I called in Tesco’s on the way home. I got some even stranger looks when I walked back in again five minutes later. You see I bought my loaf of bread and headed home, it was only when I went to get my house key out did I realise it was in the car -still parked at Tesco’s. I’d forgotten I’d gone in it and walked home -good job it’s only at the bottom of the street -what a Wally!!

Time lost -half an hour. Time walking -two hours

Three miles done, a few photos taken

Bring it on

A Walk a Run and Why is My iphone so Dumb?

So I’m sat here a little annoyed. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve run and walked today but my stupid iPhone died mid run (again) so now I’ve no idea how far I went (it wasn’t far!) or  how fast. I suppose it doesn’t matter on either count as for me it’s about getting back from injury, the distance and pace will come later -maybe Sunday!! (I’m joking -honest)

Anyway, I’ve decided my iPhone’s a man -it can’t multi-task to save its life. All I asked it to do was map my run, play some music and take the odd photo, half a mile, 3 photos and one Take That track later it had given up. Which kind of buggers up my plans for this years blog as I was going to take the occasional shot of where I was so you could share my route. When I’m walking taking the camera isn’t a problem, and I can probably put it in my rucksack when cycling ,don’t think hubby will be too chuffed with me stopping every two minutes though! But I can’t carry it when running -looks like me walking round all my running routes to take photos first -maybe you could just imagine where I am -I’m good at descriptive writing!!!

Still it did feel like a good run, and the walk wasn’t bad either. In complete contrast to yesterday we had sun and blue skies, the housework would have to wait the outdoors beckoned. Well it did once sleeping beauty a.k.a Jack had risen from his pit – he really is going to take some waking come school on Monday. So early afternoon ( yes he really did sleep that long) we hit the local nature park and had two hours of outdoor heaven -still not too sure whether the abandoned railway line we climbed up to again is actually abandoned but I haven’t seen a train yet!!!

A run, a walk

Might do the bike tomorrow

Bring it on

A Few Days Away……………..

So we’re back from a few days in York, and despite the freezing wind and Jack getting diagnosed with suspected glandular fever (make no wonder the poor kids been knackered all the time) the day we were due to leave, we’ve had a great time. If you have never been to York I can definitely recommend it -it’s an amazing place with loads to see and if you love all things historical, it’s a must.  Also there are loads of weird and wonderful people to watch -if I had been there on my own I would have taken loads of shots of people -maybe next time.

To be honest I was pretty disappointed with most of the photos I took in York.The thing with photography is it takes time and as a beginner -loads of practise, to get the right shot. Which is all well and good if you’ve only yourself to worry about but I really don’t think Jack and hubby would have appreciated 5 hours in the National Railway museum as I tried to get the best shot of the Flying Scotsman (whats left of it -they took it apart years ago and seem to be struggling to get it back together) so in the end I abandoned that idea and took some random shots of different bits of trains -it sort of worked. I did manage to capture a ghost in the castle museum and got a great shot of a perfect replica of my mum and dads 1980’s kitchen -gross .What were you thinking of mum and dad?!?!

A great few days away

The end of the holidays is nearly here

Boo -please don’t bring it on!!

We’ve Only Gone and Found It……………

Well after nearly a week of searching we’ve found it, it’s taken some doing I can tell you. Yes after our adventures on Wednesday discovering abandoned railways and then the impromptu search on the internet to see whether it was or wasn’t (I know I’m a saddo!)We’ve been on the look out for a railway  – the Crigglestone Curve and Viaduct – that is 100% abandoned. But before we looked for that there was still the matter of Wednesdays discovery to look at. So was it an abandoned track -well your guess is as good as mine. If there are any railway relic enthusiasts out there who know -please get in touch. Anyway, abandoned or not we went for a look. There were two tracks up there and I would say one is certainly no longer in use -it had a big buffer at the end of the line but we didn’t walk any further along as the other track looked like it may have been used sometime recently -and the signal was on red -maybe that was a huge clue that it still worked. Still we had a great afternoon climbing here there and everywhere to see what else we could find.

Since then I’ve crossed fields(thanks for your help Ryan) been through tunnels and crossed becks -all in the hunt for the Crigglestone Viaduct that has seemingly been blocked off to the public, today we struck gold, or we would have done except some Health and Safety Saddos spoilt our fun -I was all for climbing the steel gate they’d put up to stop – well I’m not sure what its to stop -why can’t we go look, until I put my hands on the fence -some miserable git has painted it with tar….I’ll be back and next time I’ll be prepared -has anyone got any ladders……………..

A great find

Can’t wait to see more

Bring it on

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