Wuthering Miserables

Posted on: 06 Jan 2021

Morning all, and Happy New Year.

New?  Yes, for sure.  Year, well 2021 is indeed after 2020.  Happy?  Ah well, that’s for us to make of it what we will…

And as Marillion’s Fish sang so many times in the soundtrack of this angst-ridden teenager’s mid-80s, “so here I am once more…”

A while away from blogging didn’t really happen for any specific reason, it just happened.  Perhaps 2020 of all years was the one where I should have blogged; truth be told, I did think of it.  But then I guess we think of a lot of things.  2021 needs to be different.

Some may remember why my blog is titled “by our deeds we are known”; it sums up the running exploits of so many bloggers that I am fortunate enough to count as friends of course, and hopefully some of the runs I have done.  Its origins?  Well, as a proud man of Gloucestershire it gives me pleasure that I use the old motto of our erstwhile county regiment, the Glorious Glosters.

And why Wuthering Miserables?

Well, read on.

Yesterday I did a 5 mile run taking in one of my favourite haunts, the Tyndale Monument.  Its perched high up on the scarp of the Cotswolds, above North Nibley.  So being high up, it is of course taken in by The Cotswold Way (just as North Nibley, being down below, also is – The Way never knowingly avoids throwing you up having sent you down!).

After Johnson’s latest episode of Roald Dahl’s tales of the horrendously predictable, the announcement of another lockdown on the Monday night, I needed some constancy.  I am fortunate to have wonderful countryside all around, and any lockdown just makes me appreciate both the scenery and my position even more, and it was just what I needed.

So, I combined a trip to Wotton pet shop for essential golden retriever supplies with a run. 

I know every step of the route having done it so many times; training, in real events, just because – the reasons are myriad.  This time round, well as I say the reason was constancy.  Knowing every step gave me pleasure, drinking in every view gave me happiness, greeting (from a distance) fellow walkers and runners cheered me.  We all need constancy, now more than ever, and this was mine.

As I ran, I thought of blogs and words. 

From Wuthering Heights, one of my fave books, comes the following;

“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”

So, yep, I know The Way will always be there for me.  Believe me, when I am at the foot of Blackquarries Hill, it never gives me any visible delight – indeed, it will typically treat those in earshot to a torrent of coarse Anglo-Saxon from your man.  But it is necessary; I met people on the run yesterday who were climbing up to the Waterloo trees for the first time, and I was so pleased for them.  I was almost envious that they were about to see those views through previously unseeing eyes.

And from Les Miserables’ Stars;

“you know your place in the skies, you hold your course and your aim.  And each in your season returns and returns, and is always the same.”

Well, as I stand at the foot of the hill in North Nibley and gaze upwards, there will always be the Tyndale monument – it knows its place in the skies.  It is always the same.  It gives me the constancy that I so crave.

So, there you have it.  I’m up and blogging, I’m quoting as I always seem to – all the way from Marillion to Victor Hugo via Emily Bronte!. 

Of course I have to say “stay safe”, and I mean it as earnestly as ever.  But I will provide one more bit of constancy with the traditional sign off; one a yard, one and all!

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