Just passing time tinkering on me keyboard whilst deciding what to cook myself before the dreaded night shift tonight, so I thought it would a good time to fill you in upon the last day of our short break.
I’ve been looking for some suitable material lately to make myself a haversack after an inspiring posting by Australian blogger, Le Loup. For the last couple of weeks nothing has come forth that was either suitable or within my meagre price range (yes I know a very frugal price range indeed). Clare suggested we headed to the local car boot sale (always a source of cheap goodies) to kick start Sunday, so at an entirely unearthly hour on Sunday morning I was evicted from my pit with the slightest of thick heads, nothing to do with an over indulgence in cider, honest (well maybe a little then) and we trundled off to the car boot (didn’t realise just how many pot holes were in the road to Yr Wyddgrug).
Well after the third coffee at the burger van, and with the sun just beginning to climb high enough to warm my miserable face (Clare’s description, not mine) we began scouring the sale in earnest. A mere hour had elapsed and we’d covered ourselves in frugal shopping and bartering glory. For the princely sum of £4.50 we’d plundered the following; an extremely light but effective burner (burns mentholated spirits) plus kettle, a still 'in its packet' pannier set for me cycle rack, a lined leather drawstring purse for me air gun pellets and the best of all a haversack of perfect proportions – god pats me on the head and says ‘good boy John’.
We arrived home just after eight am, where I started cooking us a grand fry up whilst Clare provided mugs of steaming coffee. My somewhat smug mood was dented slightly by Clare mentioning that her parents were due a visit. Now don’t get me wrong the out laws are great, warm and caring people but I really didn’t fancy making small talk over Sunday dinner when the sun was shining on the trails and this was after all our last day off before the return to the grind (yes I know what your thinking, but didn’t I tell you before that I’m not a nice guy and just a tad selfish?). I glanced over at Clare, any objections buried deep ‘cause you all know that I’d go, when she burst out laughing, “gotcha, now go and take that slobbering hound of yours from under my feet”, Lucy does love bacon but not as much as I love Clare.
So full and once again smug I’m off to the woods with the bog monster in tow, and oh boy what a beautiful, sun kissed wander we had. We dumped the fun cruiser just outside Nercwys woods and headed for the recently cleared trig point that I’d mentioned in earlier musings. The short, steep trail, to the top reminded me of the desolation of Smaug with all the felling that had gone on previously, but a closer look showed that mama nature had not lost her foothold here and already there are signs of regeneration.
Funny thing perception, I perceived myself as a quite walker with the lack of wildlife photo opportunity entirely and squarely laid down at the paws of that hulking beast of a companion of mine as she charged about me on the firm trails. Mmmm thing is as the woods closed in on us and the ambient noise level dropped under the shelter of the trees and foot falls were deadened by the thick carpet of pine needles it was not Lucy that made the din, but yours truly! Every swing of my arms or legs brought noises from my clothes that I’d never been aware of before, my breathing rasped out for all manner of critters to hear, I was making more noise than Hannibal and his elephants as they crashed over the Alps. I’m really going to have to rethink my approach including clothes, fitness levels and how I move if I wish to stalk successfully whether it be for the photo or for the pot! We finally emerged from the woods bang on target (at least I get something’s right!), where in the distance a sign could be seen on the boundary fence of the pool, fishing contacts perhaps thought I, nope as I focused in I realised that I’d been thwarted again!
I’ll have to leave the bog monster at home when I come for a closer luck, one because of it being a reserve and two because of the lambing season. We turned tail and headed for what I hoped would be the hard trail, bingo I think that I’m getting good at this direction thing. The rest of the walk was uneventful apart from the fact that the buzzards circled high on the thermals over head, their cries once more piercing the warm air above, seemingly to follow us for the remainder of the trek. We arrived home tired but happy, just as Clare returned from the out laws. The evening was spent in that comfortable, confident, silence of those who don’t need to voice their thoughts and feeling for each other at every chance just watching the goggle box over pizza and whiskey. A good end to a enjoyable and reinvigorating break. Mmm now for food…..
Wolfy has organised a fishing auction for a great and worthwhile cause over at flowing waters, get off your bums and start bidding – I know where you all live!