A Day Out

Photo prompt; Susan

Photo prompt; Susan Spaulding

The train was jammed full, so we let it travel on alone. Leaving Hellifield we took the back lanes to Hawes, where we attempted a spot of gardening. But fish and chips called. Now the fun part arrived travelling over Buttertubs and onwards into Cumbria, passing yurts and waterfalls, as curlews glided above. Whilst being watched by black faced sheep. A ancient hill pub called for a sudden right hand turn. Taking a steeply climbing narrow track which had abrupt curves just like a flamingos neck. We entered the world of Tanhill pub, remote with a history going back at least into the seventeenth century. A pint of black sheep beer beckoned. Locating hotly contested seats we joined in the chatter. Bikers mixed with walkers whilst tired dogs found spots near a rouring fire. Lightening flashed as the heavens offered a welcome deluge. Decision made, we head for Kirby Stephens along narrow roads awash with running water. Past ancient derelict farms with their abandoned stone sheep pens. Old drift mines have given way to grouse shooting in this area. In Mallerstang Dale we pass the haunting world Pendragon castle. Coffee at the Moorcock? Not today. Home calls we tired travellers.

Footnote: More a blog perhaps than flash fiction, but the flamingo’s curving necks managed to appear, just.

Mike attempting to  write.

Mike attempting to write.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. ceayr

    Cool reminiscence, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Cool it was when the thunderstorm struck.

  2. Iain Kelly

    Sounds like a pleasant day.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Pleasant and full of memories. Some of the hay meadows were excellent.

  3. Keith's Ramblings

    Now you’ve got me thirsting for a pint of Black Sheep Ale – the best thing to come out of Yorkshire since Yorkshire puds!

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    1. Joy Pixley

      How could anything be better than Yorkshire pudding? 😉

      1. Michael Humphris

        Now there’s a challenge.

    2. Michael Humphris

      And not forgetting my Yorkshire lass

      1. Keith's Ramblings

        Of course!

  4. Joy Pixley

    What a lovely day out you portray here. Makes me feel like I’ve had a little vacation day!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Joy. May you have many more vacation days.

      1. Joy Pixley

        Ah, I wish!

  5. Donna B. McNicol

    A picturesque story…thanks for sharing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Donna this year there seems to be an abundance of colour and definition to the dales.

  6. neeltheauthor- author of WHEN LIFE THROWS THOSE CURVE BALLS

    A beautiful recollection, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neel. It was one of those day one does not easily forget. This year there seem to be a abundance of colour and life in the dales.

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