Honking And A Storm Brewing

Yesterday was sunny but cold and P decided to go out for a run after lunch. He wanted to recce the route of an upcoming fell race on North Barrule, the second highest peak on the island. 

He was out for an hour and a half, having got himself lost on the descent. He had ended up wading through the deep, marshy upland, past his ankles in sludge.

Whilst he was in the shower I went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea. There was an overpowering stench which appeared to me to resemble  very strong cat litter aroma or blocked drains.  It turned out to be his fell shoes and their rubbery insoles drying on the radiator.

Boy, did those shoes honk!

This morning we took the early bus to Douglas as P was due his booster jab.  We had brunch afterwards in The Caff, opposite the bus station. P had the pensioners ' size all-day breakfast and I had an omelette, which turned out to be a 4 egg omelette (!) with a huge slice of buttered extra thick toast.  I struggled (wo)manfully but had to admit defeat halfway through.

P is planning to drive back into Douglas this evening to attend the Fell Runners Club AGM, despite the severe weather warning for tonight. The Mountain Road will be closed due to the forecast so he will have to travel the long way via the coast road.  Nothing is going to keep him from the annual fell league awards and prize giving  with its carb loaded buffet. Not even the forecast severe storm force winds accompanied by wintry showers.

Worried? Me?  Whatever makes you think that.




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  1. Oh, boy. Can't imagine why you'd worry (of course). Hope he has a safe journey home and that the storm doesn't do too much damage to the island.

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    1. The police have been issuing warnings about potential structural damage, flying debris, fallen trees etc. Why on earth anyone would choose to travel in those conditions is beyond me.

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  2. Tell him to spend the night there if it gets too bad. Pack a blanket and pillow in his car. Wishing him safe travels and you a break from worries!

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    1. I think I shall have a glass or two of something to calm my nerves while he is out!

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  3. Did this make me laugh JayCee - when men get a passion for a hobby then it becomes more than a hobby - it becomes their lifes work. I have been there, done that (twiceI. But seriously do hope the roads hold good for the length of his stay and his return home. It is, I am sure, one of the worries of living by the sea.

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    1. It is true, Weaver. His fell running comes before everything else. I had to organise our big trip to Tasmania around his fell race dates, meaning we had only three weeks there instead of the four we initially planned!

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  4. I hope the actual race is well organised and he doesn't have to wade thru the marsh again - or get blown off the road.
    Top up your glass!

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  5. Take a hint from Debra's blog and tell him to wear a helmet.

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  6. Gale season is upon us. Time to plan a winter escape to warmer climes perhaps. I was fleeing (northern word for very cold) working outside all day. Time to light the fire and drink some hot toddies me thinks and batten down the hatches,

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  7. Well he's been around long enough to be able to face most things and a bit of wind and rain shouldn't stop him. If it became necessary he could always get out of the car and run seeing as he is an expert veteran fell runner. Best not to talk up worry.

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    1. I can't help worrying though Rachel. It is in my nature.

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  8. Are they called "fell" runners because they are always falling down? And how kind of Lord Peregrine to fill your home with that natural aroma. It just shows that nobody really needs an expensive diffuser.

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    1. He has a very limited sense of smell so it doesn't bother him.

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  9. My hubby had the same dedication (obsession?) but for mountain biking out in nature. I hope your P makes it home safely re the storm warnings.

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    1. Thanks Terra. Obsession is the right word.
      He was supposed to text me when he arrived so that I would know he was safe but he has obviously forgotten!!!

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  10. Gosh! When I make an omelette for two (usually wild mushrooms) I use just two eggs.

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    1. Four eggs was a little excessive for me.

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