Category Archives: Rural

hartlepool

A lady in the next village from mine when I was younger had a stocky grey pony called Hartlepool who pulled a cart around the countryside, and ever since I’ve liked the name.   So Hartlepool became the next destination.  The excellent and cheap Grand Central train line runs through it direct from London, and [...]
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a long way up

I came to Carlisle because some people on a yacht on Lake Winderemere said I should.  It’s far north and near to Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans to keep the barbarian Scots out (or in).  Carlisle is very cold and very wet.  There was a Caribbean night at the racecourse so I went there [...]
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pretty nice

Pretty pretty Buxton.  It was nice.  I’ve been reading a book called Watching the English by Kate Fox where she talks about our love of the word ‘nice’ – it suits our moderate approach to most things, she says.  Possibly true.  The chapter I’m reading at the moment is about pets  It’s worth reproducing this [...]
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buses and buxton

Yesterday Pauline and Alan said I should go to Buxton next, so that’s what I did.  I took a bus from Stoke to Leek, where I had to wait for the next bus so I went for pie, peas and gravy at a cafe.  A crooked old man shuffled in alone and ordered a cup [...]
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leaving

London is hard to leave.  There’s always tomorrow. Here’s another collection of photographs from the trip…. Bath, Monday 9th August 2010 Lindsay and Isla, Bath, Tuesday 10th August 2010 From the bus between St Austell and Newquay, Thursday 5th August 2010 Grosvenor Centre exit, Northampton, Monday 2nd August 2010 Field overlooking the reservoir, Ravensthorpe, Northampton, [...]
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