Discretion the better part of valour……again!

I must be growing up and beginning to betray flickering signs of a new sensibility.  Once again (will this become a habit?), I allowed the threat of icy roads to persuade me to leave my set of wheels in the garage, and don the little used walking boots for a two hour tramp over fields, along streams, around fish ponds, through woods and copses, breaking ice on virgin pools of water, picking up mud on rapidly thawing furrows………….

And at the end of it all, I tell myself……..I should do this more often. I accessed places that can’t be reached on a bike, was reminded of landmarks that can’t normally be seen by the casual passer-by, and rediscovered dells and niches, viewpoints and landscapes that merit a few moments of contemplation.

Kimbolton Castle

Kimbolton Castle

The river Kym rolls along sleepily,,,,,until it tumbles over this little weir

The river Kym rolls along sleepily,,,,,until it tumbles over this little weir

River Kym

River Kym

In summer, this perspective of the Castle would be masked by leaves and vegetation

In summer, this perspective of the Castle would be masked by leaves and vegetation

The last home of Catherine of Aragon

The last home of Catherine of Aragon


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on December 30, 2014, in Aspects of Britain and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I like your phrase “flickering signs of a new sensibility” because I am experience a similar phenomenon, except that mine is moving at a more rapid pace. One reason may be that the inevitable effects of aging are diminishing my bodily powers and also my determination to hold to my long-practiced disciplines. Fortunately, as your blog indicates, there is the possibility that we will develop new interests and experiences that richly compensate for what we have lost as the old sensibility diminishes.

  2. HI, Frank! Thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow. I am enjoying my visit to yours, too. Always nice to meet a kindred spirit. Looks like you had a great tramp through the woods judging by your photos. Additionally, in case you hadn’t considered it, you also gave your body a couple of hours or weight-bearing exercise. That’s a good thing that cyclists sometimes fall short on even though we get great cardio.

  3. Just call it cross training?

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