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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Friday, 21 November 2014

Orange goes pink

I am now wearing black stockings.

The nurse (I didn't ask if she wears them) said I can dispense with them in summer if I am walking and wearing shorts - that's a good job - some observers may get over excited otherwise.

This compression hosiery will apparently reduce the risk of DVT - let's hope so. 

The wound on my shin is improving and I am walking some miles again, modestly. Pete's arthritis is showing signs of gradual improvement with the shed load of pills he takes daily. I feel I could walk more, but I don't want to risk aggravation and I will see how things are going after I see the nurse again next Thursday.

Here are a few photos from our two last Thursdays around Witherslack and the Winster valley.

Old yew tree and Witherslack church

Well, I have gone on and on about hairy-orange-string.  Perhaps we have a  refined lady farmer in the Winster valley?

Strange building, excessively windowed, in grounds of large conventional country house - cheap roofing-felt roof. Any ideas anybody?

Witherslack Hall. The special-needs school where daughter High Horse was recently made redundant.
Whitbarrow on the skyline


  1. The wooden building is obviously some posh bloke's 'Man Shed'
    We should all have one.

  2. Maybe, but why all those windows which would have been expensive contrasting with the cheap roofing, and what about the strange shape?

  3. one has to ask - thigh length or cute under knee version ?
    glad they are helping mobility - and that Pete is improving as well - steady as she goes.

    My father had the opinion, not verified fact, but based on living in railway towns as a youth and general knowledge from the era of steam and mechanical lever boxes, is that it is an old signal box from a middling sized junction, saved from destruction and lovingly maintained ever since - not from a line actually passing that way , of course. But the square-ish shape does suggest some possible other origin. Perhaps one should knock on the door and ask!

  4. ....based on living in the NE were there any posh pigeons in it?

  5. That building is much like early American garrisons, designed to make it difficult for enemy warriors to get inside. The garrisons had narrow slits instead of banks of windows.

    Of course, the native Americans decided early on to just burn the darned things down. Here's an example of the style:

    (Sorry, but I still can't imbed a link in a comment.)

  6. I'm with gimmer. Smashing fungi shot. Not sure what its called.

  7. We passed Witherslack last month.
    Just heard on QI that not that long ago pink related to boys and blue for girls.

    Fungi looks like some funnel type.
    Are you going to auction for the female part in Panto now you wear stockings?

    I'll get my coat.

  8. Without support hose my legs would crumple - I would become first José Ferrer as Toulouse Lautrec, then the aggressive but ultimately futile knight in the Monty Python movie, then if lucky just a memory. I have worn support hose for thirty or forty years, a sort of stigmata to mark two varicous vein ops. Most of the time I forget they are holding me up but just occasionally they intrude horribly. On a Greek island where the temperature was in the high thirties my legs became sweaty and the coefficient of friction between my legs and the hose rose to an inordinate value. Clothing myself took an hour. Talcum powder might have helped had it been available but obviously the Greeks think it's for sissies.

    Welcome to a somewhat ignoble club.

  9. I don't think the pink string is a lady farmer, she would use organic twine and insist on excellent knots!

  10. gimmer - Under knee.

    The signal box is the best guess so far. There was a recent tele. programme where a guy bought a much smaller one in dilapidated condition, transported it intact to his garden and restored it as a summer house. It looked very similar, but without the overhung base.

    BC - couldn't see any.


    The Crow - Hi Martha - great similarities there. I am wondering about dates and the advent of railway signal boxes in the UK which might have influenced the designs of the settlers, but I reckon they came to the US before our railways.

    It seems you can't embed links in Blogger comments but you can in Wordpress blog comments.


    Alan R - the varieties of fungus seem to be endless, and this year in particular has produced them in abundance.


    welshpaddler - You are welcome to give me a call anytime you are in the area. My email address is on the blog here.

    I once took the part of Abanazer in Aladdin when I was in the Scouts.


    RR - Several days on I am starting to get the knack of donning the hose.

    I remember you struggling when we were on the boat with brother Nick.

    Whilst the black may suggest some titilation the alternative so called flesh colour seemed too reminiscent of things medical which I do not want to be reminded of. It took me many years to overcome my unusual first name, but having done so I now have the confidence to promote and capitalise on it. Maybe one day I will do the same with the black stockings and wear them along with my shorts during summer walks.

    Blnde Two - I think you are right. When daughter High Horse gave birth to young Katie she refused to have anything to do with the blue/pink colour coding for boys and girls.