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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pilgrimage

Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the rote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour,
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his half cours y-ronne
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open yë
(So priketh hem nature in hir corages),
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

Well, it is April, and I am off on a sort of pilgrimage, but contrary to doom-mongering global warming theorists, it seems that the climate was a little kinder in Chaucer's day. It's almost two years since I last did the TGO Challenge - a combination of ill health and sloth has kept me away from long distance walks of late - so the chance to stretch the sinews and fettle the kit with a 'real walk' prior to our traditional Daunder seemed a great idea. Especially in the gentle spring month of April.

Except we're off to the Borders, under the guidance of Mike Knipe, for a wee walk from Peebles to Moffat (and some of the party are walking back again). It's been snowing for the past two days, with gale force winds. No "shoures sote" for us, just wind blown, skin flailing, sleet and snow. Thankfully for me and Al, it's just one way for us, as it's Miss W's birthday on Tuesday, an event that I miss at my peril.

Would I rather stay at home? Not sure about that. There are "jobs that need doing". The cat (Doodlecat) has just been roundly berated by Miss W for "lolling around" and his piteous mewing as he tried to clamber into my rucksack to come with me seems to indicate that the rigours of home life over a Bank Holiday might involve more effort and hard work than trekking over the snowy wastes of Galloway.

So the pilgrimage it is. Tales will be told ...

And two of the storytellers are Mike Knipe and Alan Sloman, and of course Doodlecat will be reporting on the weekend too.

In the meantime, here is a video clip that I think captures the spirit of the expedition.



Happy Easter!!!

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