Diehards

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Shake a Leg


Bob (my son) and me are going for a walk tomorrow with a few friends. We will start in Dumfries and finish, five days later, in Glasgow. Why? For the Save Crichton Campus campaign. The hope is that we will engender some much needed publicity and some cash. I am also secretly hoping to loose a pound or two so I can do my ball gown justice on the 13th. That will be a bonus, though, and an unlikely one at that considering the amount of chocolate and biscuits we plan to take.

We have our waterproofs, sturdy boots and comfy socks. We have blister plasters, a first aid kit and maps. And we have enthusiasm and will. I also have forty six year old smoker's legs but am hoping that the positives outweigh the negatives.

I'm really looking forward to this walk: I've driven to Glasgow many times but all I really see are the other cars on the road. One sees so much more when on foot, there's more time and one passes by so much more slowly. I'm sure there are many secrets to discover en route: wildflowers, animals, even buildings to notice if only someone would look. Well this is my chance to really look and properly see. I'll take a note book and my camera with me and write a diary as I go. I will fancy myself intrepid or rather like Dickens who I believe walked all over the country.

The picture above is of Bob and me at his graduation. When I graduate later this year I would really like it to be from a university campus that is no longer under threat merely because of a little bit of money.

Anyway, wish me luck and I'll see you when I get back...

16 comments:

Kanani said...

I love this photo of the two of you! Well, have a nice time on the walk. Sounds like you're going all equipped!
You've even got smoker's legs!! ;0)

Kim Ayres said...

Awesome! I hope it goes well, gets the attention it should and gets the result it so desperately deserves.

Mary Witzl said...

I wish you luck on this, Eryl, and I'm glad to hear you'll have the waterproofs considering what the weather has been like! You may get some fantastic weather, too, and you are right about seeing more when you walk. I once did a 30-plus mile trek in Japan, part of the 88 temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, and years later drove along the same stretch I'd covered on foot. It was completely different, and I felt so nostalgic for my old backpack, my water jug, band-aids, greasy old map and towel...

PI said...

Eryl: I do declare Mums are getting younger every year. You'll have a great time. Sons are great energy boosters - I love walking with mine. Seriously if you really want to get in the dress: drop the chocolate. I've got a wedding on the 21st and have given up my four squares a night to look smooth rather than lumpy and if I'm suffering so should you although you look pretty sylph -like on the photos. Good luck and don't forget your camera.

PI said...

PS What are smoker's legs?

Eryl Shields said...

Kanani ~ It took me ages to find a photo of just Bob and me, we have loads of Bob and his father but only a couple of him and me and I look pretty awful in them. This was the best of the worst.

Kim ~ It looks like we are getting some attention: I'm going to be interviewed live on Border TV tomorrow morning at 8:15. I do hope I don't fuck it up.

Mary ~ I'm pretty sure the waterproofs will be well used. There is something great about walking, even in the rain.

Pi ~ I know you're right about the chocolate and usually I'm quite good about giving it up when the need arises. But I'll have to take it with me for the sake of comfort. Perhaps when I'm feeling brave I'll post a picture of my legs so you can see what smoker's legs look like, then again...

eg(scotland) said...

What a great photo - one of those that makes me smile on the inside. All the best for your walk - sounds like you are well kitted out - I do hope the weather is kind to you.

And thanks for popping over and leaving a comment on my site earlier - it was fab news and I appreciate the fact that you thought of me when you heard it.

EG

Carole said...

A five day walk with your son. How I envy the thought of it...not the actually doing it mind you, just the thought of it. I am anxious to see photos of some of the more interesting wildflowers and I am worried more about your smoker lungs than your legs. Deep even breaths and you can do it.

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Pendullum said...

Have a grand walk about...
Looking forward to reading of your adventures...

Kim Ayres said...

Saw your picture in the Dumfries Courier over the weekend. Hope the walk's going well :)

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

It sounds terrific! I hope the weather's being decent.

Smashing photo, Eryl - must have been a proud day.

Eryl Shields said...

EG ~ You're very welcome. As for the weather...

Carole ~ I took some wildflower pictures just for you - don't know how interesting they are though. Mostly I didn't have time to stop and snap. My lungs seem to have survived intact but my legs, oh my legs...

Rodrigo ~ Huh?

Pen ~ Welcome back, you've been missed. I think it will take me a few days to write up the adventure but watch this space.

Kim ~ Thanks, get the Herald today I did an interview yesterday with a very nice curly haired young chap who seemed to be very much on our side.

Sam ~ I'm not sure I've ever felt more proud, though of course having been brought up to think pride is a sin I felt guilty later.
Hope your Granny has pulled through and you enjoyed your little trip home.

Dr Maroon said...

You have a 46 year old smoker's legs? Who is the poor sod and how did you end up with his legs?
That's the trouble with education, especially in a small country like Scotland. You give them some and before you know it they're up in arms wanting more. I hope they don't shut your campus, they'll be burning books next.

Eryl Shields said...

Dr M ~ He told me he didn't need them but I regret taking them now: such a weight.

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I'm afraid she didn't pull through. Although it was sudden, it was peaceful and she was surrounded by loving family members. We should all be lucky enough to go that way.

Anyway, I'm off to see what you got up to on your walk...