My Birthday, back at the start of April. I’d decided to defer my usual ‘Birthday Hill’ day out, because the boys had ju-jitsu training, but there must have been a bit of miscommunication: it turned out that they were both up for a walk instead. We decided to fall back on an old favourite: around the coast to Arnside for lunch and home over the Knott.
Grange-Over-Sands. The tide was well in and still rising.
“She claims she’s found a way to make her own light
All you do is smile, you banish the night”
The moment you turn the corner to look down the Kent estuary. Cartmel Fell, Gummer How and Meathop Fell (with a higher lakeland fell squeezed in between, although very tiny in the photo).
“Now you see I’m smiling
Back to juvenile’ing
I learnt her lesson
In like flint and styling
All the world is neatly curled around my littlest finger”
Whitbarrow Scar and the Kent Viaduct.
We had lunch in the refurbished and renamed ‘Wagtail’ cafe on the promenade. (It used to be the ‘Ramblers’.) The food was delicious, and the cafe has instantly become our new favourite in Arnside.
TBH admiring the view from the Knott.
“I can’t stop this grinning
So assume I’m winning”
TBH, Little S and A on the Knott.
“Now every bird and bee just fuel the fire for me”
The King(s) of the Castle.
Arnside Tower Farm Chicken.
Looking back to Arnside Knott.
“She says she’s burning with optimism’s flames, away away
She says she’s burning up all her guilts and shames, away away”
These very common flowers, which open wide when the sun shines, make great mats of colour in hedgebottoms early in the year. Always really cheering.
Quince Flowers – still going strong having started flowering as early as New Year’s Day.
So, what do you buy a man for his birthday, if he’s obsessed with walking?….
Little S, B and TBH had all independently gone out and bought me socks! Marvellous – the old ones were all getting a bit threadbare.
And finally – the cryptic quotes are all from ‘Burning Optimism’s Flames’ by XTC. Andy Partridge has a knack for writing tunes about being happy – ‘Yacht Dance’, ‘Wrapped in Grey’ and ‘Stupidly Happy’ spring instantly to mind, from various stages of their career. There are probably others too. ‘Burning Optimism’s Flames’ is from the wonderful ‘Black Sea’, the first album of theirs which I bought and still one of my favourites. (XTC fans seem to love debating which of their albums are best – frankly I can’t even agree with myself on this one, I change my mind so often).