Saturday, 8 August 2020

A short walk on the first day of camping in derbyshire

Hello. I've sorted some photo's out from my camping trip. Here's a short video of how my second day started. 

After putting the tent up and having a bite to eat on the first day it was time to go and do some exploring. I walked out of the site and turned left on the road, there is a footpath just up there on the right. Yes, found the sign. There was a gate but no stile so it was a matter of climbing over the gate. It was chained up, no chance to open it. 
The path wasn't that obvious, it climbed steadily up through trees heading towards Ivonbrook Quarry. A bit further along I came to this gate, it has a stile to the right, step onto the crumbling brick wall and squeeze through the gap. Not many people have been this way, I thought. looks like a battle through the brambles. 
Once I fought my way through, good job I had trousers on, the path opened out to skirt around the top of the quarry. Some of the next part was guesswork, missing or damaged signposts, didn't help matters. Now which way is that finger post pointing. Some dry stone walling skills are needed here to put things right. 
Eventually I got back on the right track, and walked along Stunstead Lane heading towards Elton. It was a wide dirt track used by farm vehicles to gain access to all the fields. Lots of cows for company as I walked along. I went past Sacheveral Farm and stopped at the road end to check where I was going to go next. Time was getting on by this time, and I couldn't see an easy route back, so I turned around and went back the same way. I don't like doing that, but it was as windy as heck and I wanted to eat. 
It was a short four mile walk, a taster of what's to come. Back at the ranch, it was noodles and a veggie role for me. 
My private corner of the campsite, it's very windy. My roots need colouring. 


7 comments:

  1. Just watched your video looks like you are having a great time. x

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  2. I was so looking forward to your next video and I love it!.Your honesty,saying it how it is,is one of the things I love about you!.I was even telling my Mam about you today..I have told her before but at her age she forgets..but she was also very interested about how you were.Then suggested us trying it..me,my sister and her doing it when the corona virus is over.....She is nearly 87,but I will give it a go!!Thank you for your videos,xx

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    1. You don't have to do as I do, you need to find a way to make the best of the situation now. There is no guarantee that things will go back to how they were before Corona. There is more to come, but do your research. Don't read mainstream media, it's biased, they peddle doom and gloom. Look for alternative media on yooootoooob. Real people telling it like it really is.

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  3. Good for you Ilona to have the gumption to get on and enjoy yourself !!

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    1. Marlane, what do you do when things are topsyturvy. You either wallow in self pity and sink into depression, or pick yourself up and get on with your life. Keeping control of your mental health is as important as looking after your body. That's my understanding on the situation anyway.

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  4. Ilona, I love your videos! Like Debi, I love your refreshing honesty. I am wondering, it is just more safe in your neck of the woods for women out on their own? I feel like here, in the States, to be out alone a woman is quite vulnerable. I would feel like I'd need to carry a weapon. I read and loved John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley," about him and his little dog, driving all over the US in a rigged-out truck, on the back roads, and meeting small-town Americans. And I wondered, could a woman have done that? Traveled with just a dog, and have been safe? I don't know. I just so admire your gumption.

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    1. Hello. I did a post about this in 2013, you might like to look at it.
      http://meanqueen-lifeaftermoney.blogspot.com/2013/02/confident-about-walking.html

      You said that to be out alone in the States you feel quite vulnerable. That doesn't mean to say you are vulnerable. It all depends on the area you are in. I don't feel vulnerable at all when I am out walking, mostly there is no one about, I am alone. I don't much like walking through cities or towns at night, so I don't. Not a good idea to carry a weapon, it can be taken from you and used against you.

      I have seen videos of women who live in their vans, and travel throughout the USA, some with a dog. I can't see any difference between a man and a woman doing that. It's about being sensible. Check out VancityVanlife or something like that, haven't got the link to hand. He answers this question.

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