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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 09:44pm on 23/06/2013 under , ,
I haven't posted for a few days - here's a quick résumé of the week!

Hmm - shoulder still a bit painful if I forget and either try to reach around behind me, pick anything heavy up, or type much; so the next chapter of The Valinor Trail is mainly handwritten on bits of paper.

D-d and I have been deep in discussion about having a few days together in London in August - S2C would as soon not bother. So - I am meeting her in London after I've been to Coventry for the [ profile] writerconuk get-together on the 9th - 11th August - I'll go down by train and she'll fly over to meet me. Much trawling of hotel websites, which is part of the fun of the whole thing, and we have a good deal at a hotel in south Kensington, in the museum quarter, with a few nice extras thrown in, like free tickets to Kensington Palace, which neither of us have visited before.

Yesterday our new minister at church had her induction service - it was lovely - but I was too busy helping with the catering to take pictures. Also yesterday was The Parish Walk - which is not, as the name might suggest, a pleasant ramble around a country village - but a gruelling long-distance walk the route of which takes the participant to every parish church on the island - a total of 85+miles. Most people set themselves a personal goal of which church they will reach - only a few actually aim for the full distance.

Now whilst, as a non-Anglican church, we are not one of the parish churches on the route, it did affect our service as some of the congregation were walking, or supporting a family member - so my sister took part in the service, but couldn't stay for refreshments as she then had to get to Peel (the 32 mile mark) which is the point Slightly Goth Niece was hoping to reach. Which she did, in a time of 8 hours 56 minutes. (Mind you, the mother of three of the church children got there over an hour ahead of her, and one of the other mums made it to Jurby - the 45 mile mark!)

D-d? She took part in the long-boat races last week** - and helped run a feeding station with workmates for the Parish! Mind you she is organising a team for the Isle of Man Relay for Life so she is certainly not joining me in a sedentary lifestyle - good lass.

**Her team is not in that bit on YouTube - but it gives you the idea.

And here are a couple of pictures, just because I have to cross a wee bridge over this little river and waterfall to get to the house of one of my patients - and it makes me smile.

riverlet in Patrick

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posted by [identity profile] at 10:26pm on 23/06/2013
What a nice little stream. Does it have a name?

85 miles is a VERY long way. I can't even imagine walking that far in a day. Good for those that manage the entire thing!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:38pm on 23/06/2013
It is a tiny stream running through the property of my patient - and then it joins the River Neb that flows out to sea at Peel.

The Parish Walk is quite something - over 1,500 people took part and over 200 of them actually did the whole 85 miles. The very thought of it makes me need to go and lie down!
posted by [identity profile] at 11:10pm on 23/06/2013
What lovely photos of a beautiful little river and waterfall. It looks so enchanting! I would love to sit there the with a good book and relax, listing to that little river bubbling by.

No, I see D-d is most definitely not leading a sedentary life. Good for her!

I see you both are going to have a blast in London. I love London. Pity I won't be able to travel to England this year.

posted by [identity profile] at 07:46am on 24/06/2013
The people who live by the little stream have a big pond, too - it is an enviable place to live.

The trip to London should be fun - we are going to take in a show, too. Perhaps another time, when you are in the UK, we must try to meet up.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:48pm on 24/06/2013
The people who live by that stream are very fortunate indeed. It looks paradisiacal.

I'm sure you and D-d are going to have the time of your lives.

I mean to travel to England next year, and would love to meet up.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:18pm on 23/06/2013
Busy week! The trip sounds like fun - mother-daughter time.

The pictures are lovely. Not everyone gets to see things like that on the way to work. :)
posted by [identity profile] at 07:48am on 24/06/2013
The trip should be good fun - we are going to take in a show, too.

We will have fun, between now and then, working out what to do apart from a show and the visit to Kensington Palace; so an extra source of mother-daughter time, too.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:52pm on 23/06/2013
What a lovely little river!

a gruelling long-distance walk the route of which takes the participant to every parish church on the island

Wow, that would be quite an achievement.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:42pm on 24/06/2013
Isn't the little river sweet?

The walkers must complete the course within 24 hours, too - any longer and it doesn't count!
posted by [identity profile] at 01:16am on 24/06/2013
I especially love the first picture, because at least on my computer the water looks almost purple. And I'm sure you and D-d will have a wonderful time in London.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:57pm on 24/06/2013
I think that colouring comes from the water being peaty.

The London trip is to enjoy and savour whilst we organise it - and then to enjoy and savour when we get there!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:11am on 24/06/2013
I find I really like the idea of the Parish Walk. And that's a lovely little stream/waterfall.

Hope your shoulder improves soon!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:02pm on 24/06/2013
The Parish Walk is a major challenge - but I like the way that people can be classed as finishers at each point after the second church and so you can get a certificate to say that you made it the 11 miles to Santon as long as you do it within 4 hours. And it is regarded as something worth crowing about even if that is as far as you get.

The shoulder is certainly improving - just not quite right, yet.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:23am on 24/06/2013
That's a really pretty and peaceful little stream...and all burbly and happy!

You'll love Kensington Palace. I saw it a couple of years ago after having visited London numerous times and never getting to go there. Lovely tea in their orangery.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:09pm on 24/06/2013
There is an exhibition of dresses belonging to the Queen and other members of the royal family from the 1950s onwards at KP this summer which will be an extra treat - and I have looked at the Orangery menu; it certainly looks most appealing!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:46am on 24/06/2013
What a lovely little stream.

The Parish Walk sounds like a fun week's walking holiday:)
posted by [identity profile] at 05:10pm on 24/06/2013
I reckon taking a week over 'The Parish' would be a rather nice holiday - although you only count as having done it officially if you do it in under 24 hours!
posted by [identity profile] at 03:47am on 24/06/2013
How pretty!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:11pm on 24/06/2013
Isn't it. I think of it as Ithilien!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:18am on 24/06/2013
85 miles? In one day? Yikes, that's quite a hike!

I have a friend who used to compete in Dragon Boat races. The longboats remind me a little of that, and it always looks like fun!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:16pm on 24/06/2013
The Parish Walk is a real challenge - although I like the way people can pick any of the churches after the 11 mile mark as your finish point and be proud of reaching that point within a target time.

And yes - the long boats are not all that different to dragon boats - but without the drum.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:47am on 24/06/2013
Thanks for sharing the little (oops, american here, i suppose i should say wee) river photos. they made me smile!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:17pm on 24/06/2013
Little is always correct - wee is dialect!
posted by [identity profile] at 11:28am on 24/06/2013
What is the longest you've ever walked? I used to walk to town when my parents lived in the country, so I was accustomed to 15 miles easily, but 85 is quite another matter!

In our town, we have a part of town called "The Hill," and it used to be the place to live for the upper class a hundred years ago. There are still some nice homes there, but they can't compete with the McMansions in newer subdivisions. Anyway, for years this beautiful, clear stream ran through the yards of many homes on The Hill. People landscaped to take advantage of the pretty stream and built patios and stonework to feature the water. The stream ran and ran. It ran during droughts. It was always clear and beautiful. And then the city found the huge break in the water system, repaired it, and that was the end of the stream! It's amazing that it took so long to figure that out. I feel so sorry for those homes that landscaped around that stream! Was pretty while it lasted.

Enjoy your trip!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:25pm on 24/06/2013
Oh dear - I shouldn't laugh at the stream that was really a water leak but I'm afraid it has amused me greatly!

As a child we often walked 5 or 6 miles on a Sunday afternoon - but I don't think I've walked much more than that, that I can recall. Even doing the shortest possible stretch of the Parish Walk, 11 miles in under 4 hours, sounds like hard work to me.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:08pm on 24/06/2013
What gorgeous pictures
posted by [identity profile] at 10:47am on 30/06/2013
I'm sorry that you still have shoulder troubles; hopefully it's still steadily improving.

London sounds awesome! I hope you're going to have some nice days there.

Congrats to Slightly Goth Niece - but 8 hours+, wow. I'm truly impressed by that Parish Walk. You have so many awesome things, like the long boat races, too! ♥ We have been to middle Sweden in 2008, at (lake) Siljan, which is famous for its church boat races. Our camping site was just at teh waterside, and we were lucky to see some of the preliminary races ( from in front of our tent.
I don't fully understand, is D-d also racing/rowing herself? She seems to be very busy indeed.

The small river is such a beautiful place!
posted by [identity profile] at 01:02pm on 30/06/2013
The shoulder continues to improve - as you will have realised I can type without too much pain now, so am catching up with the writing that is on the bits of paper.

SGNiece always amazes me when she does 'The Parish' as she does hardly any triaging!

The Church boat races look fascinating - are the boats still rowed by team from the local churches?

And yes - D-d does row in a long boat crew - the law firm she works for put in a mixed team here is a picture of them last year ( - they were pleased to be the best finishing law team this year.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:30pm on 30/06/2013
Thanks for the picture link. Yay and congrats to D-d! *\o/* We've visited the Viking ship museum at Roskilde in Denmark some years back, and took one of the offered trips on a Viking boat. We had to row, too; about 16 adults or so, and it was quite an effort to get the thing moving at all!
I asked the WW about the Swedish church boat races; he says as far as he knows they mostly are or were some years back, but it's obviously difficult to get a large enough team of people young enough to race, due to the migration to the cities of the young. But this is only info we have gathered from second-hand sources and perhaps not very reliable.


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