Saturday, December 10, 2016

Saturday Quickie

Yesterday morning I read Marie's post about her resuming what we would probably call hiking after a break because of a foot problem. In the afternoon I finished a book by Bill Bryson called Notes on a Small Island in which I came across this sentence about British hikers:

I learned that there are, in fact, two kinds of walking in Britain, namely the everyday kind that gets you to the pub and, all weing well, back home again, and the more earnest type that involves stout boots, Ordnance Survey maps in plastic pouches, rucksacks with sandwiches and flasks of tea, and in its terminal phase, the wearing of khaki shorts in inappropriate weather. 



No, I am sure Marie would not be seen wearing khaki shorts.

20 comments:

  1. love B ill Bryson's style and thanks for the tip to Marie's blog. those 'estates' are creepy I think. However, the pretty English countryside is worth putting on boots for. Many of our favourite TV series have had hiker themes and somebody usually gets murdered over a stile for it.
    I think the shorts are OK, honestly.

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    1. Annie, while I enjoyed the book, I was tiring of his writing style after a while. The shorts are better than tracksuit pants, I suppose.

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  2. Well actually Andrew .......

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    1. Hmmm, well only in warm weather, I hope.

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  3. I like the idea of going to the pub and wandering off home again.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, we should always live within walking distance of a pub.

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  4. I don't hike, but I do read. A lot! Bill Bryson's book Notes on a Small Island was terrific. He is the only American-born and educated writer in that nation's history who can write about Britain and make me nod knowingly.

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    1. Hels, he has written another book about Britain now, twenty years later. I read an sample of the book from Amazon and I guess I will buy it.

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  5. I am with Hels. Don't hike, do read. Obsessively.

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    1. EC, partly why you are so clever, no doubt.

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    2. Flattery. Some would describe it as laziness.

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  6. Would never wear those shorts but then again I'm not a hiker, never was. Younger days I was a bush walker, walked into the bush and back out again once in awhile but nothing serious.
    Walking to the pub and back, I believed they did that in the old days..

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    1. Margaret, I think bush walking is very much hiking. While I haven't done it often, a walk back from a pup can seem very long and tiring.

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  7. What's wrong with khaki shorts? I have khaki shorts. They were on sale $4 a pair. I don't wear them now because they don't fit, can't get them up over my fat bum. I really must clear out my drawers and send a bunch of stuff to Vinnie's. Including the khaki shorts.

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    1. How old are the shorts, River? I am about to have a cull of my wardrobe. There are shirts there over ten years old and I still wear them, but I shouldn't.

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    2. shorts are only three years old :( or two if I'm being completely truthful. I really must get out and walk more. After Christmas of course, because no amount of walking is going to do any good while eating mountains of home made mince pies.

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    3. You made me laugh out loud River ☺

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  8. Nothing wrong with Khaki shorts. I love hiking but don't do much any more except my morning walk through the forest. I enjoy Bill Brysons books. The one on Australia is funny.

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    1. Diane, you are fine as your climate is very suitable for the wearing of shorts. I also read a sample of his book about Australia and I learnt quite a lot about Australia just from the sample.

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  9. I loved bush hiking with P and Aimee, haven't been able too for the last year because of my knee.. never wore khaki shorts though, usually a nice frock and heels.. just kidding.. or am I 😀😀

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