I’ve had Brother Dave’s kidney for eight weeks at this point and so it’s time to do a northern world tour. First stop after my Friday appointment at the Churchill Hospital is with my old friends, Rick & Lindsey, in beautiful Austwick in the Yorkshire Dales.
Rick is not very well and so Lindsey is having to look after him, and it has to be said, she’s doing so quite wonderfully. Looking after someone pretty much full-time is a tiring and pretty stressful affair, and so when Rick was having his afternoon nap we had a stroll up a lovely little hill, Smearsett, for Lindsey to get a breather and for me to try my first “uphill” since my transplant.
SMEARSETT WITH LINDSEY SMITH - CLICK TO ENLARGE
It’s not a huge walk – but it was plenty for me – six miles with about a thousand foot of uppishness. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. It was a lovely afternoon.
LINDSEY, WHARFE & CRUMMACK DALE
LINDSEY ON SMEARSETT, WITH PEN-Y-GHENT
STAINFORTH, LIMBERING UP FOR NEXT YEAR’S TGO CHALLENGE
POT SCAR FROM SMEARSETT
FEIZOR WOOD FROM POT SCAR – CLICK TO ENLARGE
Then it was a pot of tea with apple pie & cream for me (Lindsey was a good girl, she just had tea) at the lovely little cafe in Feizor, before strolling back down the Pennine Bridleway, flanked by beautiful wild flowers, to be presented with this gorgeous view of Austwick.
AUSTWICK NESTLING BENEATH NORBER – CLICK TO ENLARGE
The walk did us both quite a bit of good. Many thanks to Rick & Lindsey for looking after me so well for the few days I stayed with you. It was great to see you both again.