I thought while we are in this period of lockdown and as a club not able to ramble and socialise as we would normally do, I would set up a page for members to share photos, stories, poems, sayings, anecdotes, quizzes etc. Hopefully it will help so that we all feel a little less isolated! Tony.
Suggested by Roy - The Rowan Tree is a Scottish song written by Perthshire-born Lady Nairne (1766-1845), a song writer and collector of Scottish songs.
Carolina Oliphant, (Lady Nairne), 1766-1845, wrote these song lyrics for the tune (the origin of which is unknown). Rowan Tree appeared in R. A. Smith's Scottish Minstrel (1822).
Oh! rowan tree, oh! rowan tree,
Thou'lt aye be dear to me,
En twin'd thou art wi' mony ties
O' hame and infancy.
Thy leaves were aye the first o' spring,
Thy flow'rs the simmer's pride;
There was na sic a bonnie tree
In a' the countrie side.
Oh! rowan tree.
How fair wert thou in simmer time,
Wi' a' thy clusters white,
How rich and gay thy autumn dress,
Wi' berries red and bright.
On thy fair stem were mony names,
Which now nae mair I see;
But thy're engraven on my heart,
Forgot they ne'er can be.
Oh! rowan tree.
We sat aneath thy spreading shade,
The bairnies round thee ran,
They pu'd thy bonnie berries red,
And necklaces they strang;
My mither, oh! I see her still,
She smiled our sports to see,
Wi' little Jeanie on her lap,
And Jamie on her knee.
Oh!, rowan tree.
Oh! there arose my father's prayer
In holy evening's calm;
How sweet was then my mother's voice
In the Martyr's psalm!
Now a'are gane! We meet nae mair
Aneath the rowan tree,
But hallowed thoughts around thee
Turn o'hame and infancy.
Oh! rowan tree
Hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YGdPrAET6I&app=desktop
Picture from Roy. We’ve just returned from a short break in Perth, Scotland. Not a great walking centre but historic. The attached photo taken of the river Tay from Kinnoull Hill just behind Perth. We stayed in a self-catering cottage in a Scottish National Trust site called Branklyn Garden on the outskirts of Perth – lovely place.
For those who like gardens here is the website for a short virtual tour - https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/virtual-garden-tour-branklyn-garden.
Hi All, missing a visit to the museum or other cultural places. Fear not, try out these “virtual” visits! - Tony
Natural History Museum
Scottish National Gallery
Black Cultural Archives
Nidderdale (How Stean Gorge Walk) - Feb 2019. Did you know Stean means a pot of stone! - Sylvia
Overlooking Millington - Dec 2019 - Sylvia
Perhaps people would like to visit Askham Bryan where lots of crocheted rainbow (NHS) bunting has been hung in trees, draped on benches, gates and various other sites. There is a competition to count the rainbows. There are coot chicks and ducklings on the pond. It is possible to walk from the lay-by where you can park - map ref 569487 - all on off road paths, though you have to be nimble to cross busy ring road (2 hour round trip there and back along the same path from the lay-by) Sylvia
Don’t despair, we’ll all soon be out in the lovely fresh air 😷 !!
Austwick (Past Ramble)
Little Langdale where we would have walked from Monk Coniston.