Sunday 13th March
Am I OCD? For example, is that usage correct? One can suffer from OCD, but not be it grammatically, but that now seems to be common usage.
I have a fixed idea of how a good day walk from home, as opposed to a backpacking day should go, and if it doesn't work out I can become frustrated.
1.Set off early and get back in time to have a relaxing evening at home.
2. A walk with varied scenery, and if possible a bit of adventure, few stiles, a sheltered spot with a good view to have a break and a munch, or a café at the end, and perhaps meeting somebody interesting rather than a cliché exchange of opinions on the weather.
3. Back home: a hot bath followed by recovery on the settee with fixzzy water bottle to hand and land-line and mobile phones (to avoid having to rise if a call comes through), and iPad and spectacles and book for a bit of browsing, or alternatively I may doze for quarter of an hour.
4. Preparation of meal, to be ready in time for 6:00 pm news on tele.
Yesterday that didn't happen exactly.
I was off to a good start at 9:00am. Wainwright makes the best of a bad job turning the ascent of an unprepossessing hill into a round involving several rocky summits and a bit of scrambling, so I had some adventure, and challenging wilderness trekking on a more or less pathless circuit. All in all a most enjoyable hill outing.
My walk started from the fell road running over the tops from Dunnerdale to Eskdale - a remote unfenced road that used to be rarely used, but today it seems to have developed into a rat run.
Driving to Broughton-in-Furness and beyond up Dunnerdale on a Sunday, even at that early hour, is busy these days, and the return journey later in the day even more so. Every week in the Westmorland Gazette yet another new scheme is announced to attract more visitors to the Lake District.
I had not taken food or flask intending to call at a café after the walk. Broughton Bakery was closed again and I drove on to Café Ambio at Haverthwaite next to the Lakeland Car Museum (its sister venue at the Kendal Auction Mart close to Jct. 36 on the M6 is the Ambio I usually go to with Pete after our Thursday walks).
The large car park at Ambio was nearly full. Despite Ambio having seating for a hundred or so there was a long queue and I couldn't see a vacant table. I exited and headed for home - so that was the part of my OCD routine that was scuppered. The rest of the day was fine. For retired folk like me Sundays and bank holidays are just a nuisance.
Lying in the hot bath I had no concept of the intended content of this post, but the outline formed, and here we are. One may think the Archimedean hot bath myth far fetched but I have found time and time again I have had some of my best ideas whilst soaking. I wonder why that is?
|Little Crag and Great Crag. I ascended via the grassy gully shown with red dots - CLICK TO ENLARGE|
|This and below: close up of rock on Great Crag - faces are 30/40ft high|
|The Scafells from Great Crag. Not a great day for photography, but either you get this or nothing at all|
|Devoke Water from Great Worm Crag summit|