Wade Into Underbeing

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These photos are from the day after our High Cup walk and a few days after the boys had been kayaking in the field behind our house. Our friends E and C had declared themselves not prepared to go walking on both days of the weekend, but were enticed out for a local ramble by the prospect of flooding at Lambert’s Meadow. The weather was very changeable: in the first photo you can see that the sun was shining, creating reflections of the trees in the temporary lake; in the one below, taken a few moments earlier, the splashes of raindrops on the surface of the water are evident.

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A and Little S, the only members of the party in wellies, had to wade across of course. Little S predictably filling his boots with water in the process.

Having persuaded the girls to come so far we managed to drag them a little further to see the rift cave in Burtonwell Wood. The Hardman and I were wondering, as I often have, about the rings attached to the base of the cliffs and also to some boulders below the cliffs here…

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My only theory has been that they have something to do with the Scouts, who have a camp nearby, at the top of the cliffs in fact, and maybe are for belaying? But The Hardman pointed out that a 1270kg maximum load is way over the top for that purpose. And anyway, why put them at the bottom of the cliff?

With the weather clearly deteriorating everyone but The Hardman and I turned for home. We extended our walk a little, chatting and doing our best to ignore the rain. Without the rain we wouldn’t have seen the rainbows…

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…this is a double one, although the second is only just visible here. Or am I imagining it? It was taken from near Woodwell. After we got back to the house there was a second, full, double rainbow which was very impressive, but short-lived.

We’ve had a lot of wet weather of late, as usual. I’m just back from another walk in the rain, and whilst I was out, I was thinking that I would need some more titles for posts abut wet walks in the ‘dale. As I often do, I thought of looking for a suitable poem and in the process stumbled across ‘Go Fishing’ by Ted Hughes. It seems to me to be a poem about losing yourself in nature and I’m very glad to have found it. I can’t find a full version online, although I did find this image of an early draft…

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Maybe I’ll type-up the final version and post it some time. Or perhaps just cherry-pick phrases for post titles, depending on how lazy I’m feeling.

‘Join water, wade into underbeing                                                                                                   Let brain mist into moist earth’

 

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Wade Into Underbeing

8 thoughts on “Wade Into Underbeing

  1. Those anchors could be for belaying climbing kids from the bottom although there would need to be something similar near the top. That meadow alwYs seems soggy or flooded whenever I’ve seen it. Shocked that little S got his feet wet. Unprecedented! 😀

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It is always soggy, but rarely actually underwater. As to Little S – at least it was only his feet this time.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      This version is substantially different from the final one. Always fascinating to see drafts of poems, or song lyrics. The British Museum once had an exhibition with early versions of several things – the ones which stuck in my mind are the Beatles lyrics, Wilfred Owen poems and the original, shorter version of Alice in Wonderland, called, I think, Alice’s Adventures Underground and illustrated by Carroll himself.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I was telling someone that recently and they were so confident that I was wrong that they had me doubting myself. Thank you! Did you know that the band between the two is always darker than the rest of the sky and has a name, which escapes me at the moment?

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