The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Thursday 13 March 2008


I just cleaned three pairs of walking boots and three pairs of fell-runners (from which fact you can probably glean two things: we have too many footwear options and we’re not very diligent at cleaning them after each walk).

It was a particularly unpleasant task today, having this afternoon walked across a field that had been newly sprayed with slurry (eugh!).

Walking across the field was really quite awful. What I didn’t expect (given that we walked another 6 miles or so after that field) was for the mud on our shoes to still smell so strongly of slurry once mixed with water in cleaning them (eugh, eugh, eugh!).

Definitely Husband’s job to clean the shoes after the next few walks!


  1. Ah, March! Slurry season indeed! I seemed to have waded through the stuff for the first eight weeks last year! Happily, it disappears when you get to the Pennines, so not far. With a bit of luck, by the time you start it will all have been washed into the soil by the monsoon weather, that will miraculously clear to warm sunshine with gentle south westerlies just as you start on your walk.

  2. Great weather forecast :)