[Me rambling in Dorset. Deep in thought.]
Finding places to ramble (walk) in England is something even a guy like me can do. That is unless I’m going to wear my clean hiking boots. Who wants to track mud into our host’s home? And, it is the mud season here. I haven’t seen any snow since we left Rainbow Lake, sometime in late January. (There is a God.) Now, if I had a proper pair of Wellies, which I don’t, mud would not represent a problem.
But here I am searching for a paved lane or byway to stroll on a Sunday afternoon. That brings up a new problem. Avoiding the possibility of being an accident statistic.
“TWO ELDERLY YANKS FORCED INTO THORNY HEDGEROW ALONG NARROW DORSET LANE.
LOCAL HEDGEHOG FRIGHTENED!”
Let me say in my defense, there is NO shoulder along these rural lanes…or are they byways?
I found one that had a perfect tree in the perfect place with perfect hedgerows. It was very narrow, so I only used it as a photo-op. We didn’t walk far. Once the photo was done, we turned back and walked along a more traveled road. The cars rushed by and pinned us against the hedges. Which lane to walk? They drive on the left so we walk…on the right? On the left?
But, no problem. That’s what English rambling is all about.
When the soil begins to dry from the spring rains, we shall be taking to the off-road footpaths.
Then I will be in my blissful space. Then I will walk along paths that others have walked for 10,000 years.
I’m not the only one who likes to ramble.