Saturday, 28 April 2018

Moon Wort

A correction to an earlier post, which mistakenly said Moon Wort was another  name for Honesty. With thanks to Brigid Primrose and Nicholas Culpeper....

Friday, 27 April 2018

Chatsworth Chunder

This one's for you again Brigid- my diary entry for our Inn Way walk (2012) . Our stay at the Peacock Inn led to an unfortunate incident caused by the heat, as I recall, now totally out of context, except that I was reminded of it when plant spotting yesterday, "purple plants".......

Inn Way- Derbyshire Adventures 2012

The Inn Way, Derbyshire 2012

Adventures in Derbyshire with my brothers, bridesmaid Brigid & friends. I'm retracing some of my route in May, hoping to raise funds for Macmillan nurses......

Thursday, 26 April 2018


Who says money doesn't grow on trees? Well, it's a plant and it's called the money plant and isn't really money, but that's just nit picking.....

Dog Violet

Today's purple plants spotted on cycle ride to work whilst sheltering from the downpour under a holly tree....and rescued from lawnmower death on our front lawn!

Friday, 20 April 2018


Almond: how do you say this nut?

a) OL-mund?
b) AL -mund?
c) AR-mund?

Coming soon: Scone

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Alice Hogg

40s Keswick  cartoonist Alice Hogg's defiant housewife

Alison Hargreaves, First Woman to conquer Everest (Great Women Mountaineers no 5)

"It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than 1,000 days as a sheep" Tibetan proverb. 
Alison Hargreaves was the first woman to conquer Everest on May 13th 1995, alone and without oxygen. A successful summit of K2 was followed by her tragic death on the descent...

Proddy Rug

Old sacks and rags, all you needed for a proddy rug as long as you had a proddy (More objects from the Keswick museum)

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Britain's Rarest Fish

Exhibits in Keswick Museum included a Vendace, a fish found in Derwent Water and dating back to the Ice Age. Plus a mantrap for catching poachers. Ouch!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Great Women Mountaineers no 4: Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935)

Annie's looking cheesed off here because after she'd scaled the Northern-most summit of Peruvian mountain Cordillera Blanca and the Chileans had named it in her honour (Cumbre Aña  Peck) Fanny Bullock Workman disputed the height of the mountain to ensure she didn't get the women's altitude record. It's tough at the top....

Great Women Mountaineers no 3: Fanny Bullock Workman

Formidable Fanny had fantastic resilience to altitude enabling her to reach many peaks. Explorer, mountaineer, geographer, writer and cartographer Ms Workman also championed Women's suffrage whilst fiercely holding the women's altitude record.....

Are We Nearly There Yet? (Great Women Mountaineers No 2: Lucy Walker)

Lucy Walker & Co taking a brisk stroll to the top of the Eiger (1864)

Great Women Mountaineers no 1: Fay Fuller

Imagine walking up a mountain in this outfit! 
1890s mountain legend Fay Fuller did according to Keswick Museum!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Up The Matterhorn in a Cotton Dress (Lucy Walker, 1871)

Well if Lucy said she wanted to go up the Eiger I wouldn't have argued with her either.....

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

A Poem about Paul Young by Brian Bilston

From "You Took the Last Bus Home" by Brian Bilston. Described by someone as a cross between John Cooper Clarke and Frank Sidebottom.......

Monday, 2 April 2018

80s Pop Clue

The closer the knit, the tighter the fit....?

Titfer Tat- Guess the 80s Pop Star

This one's for Hokum's Jason and the Boo Sutcliffe Band....but who are they supporting at Holmfirth Picturedrome?? Miserable pouting lip shown larger than real size. Still has all his own hair and teeth......?