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Taken from my web thingy

After my last walk up at Kidland forest I made a silent promised to return as soon as possible and have a mooch around the areas the forestry people had opened up with there new tracks and see what could be seen now as zillions of trees had been chopped down , I had a few hills that I wanted to get up and spent a silly amount of time on goggle earth seeing if it was possible to see a route , in the end I decided just to play it by ear and see how thing worked out , however I knew that they had opened up Sneer Hill so that was my target for today , it meant that it was going to be a bigish walk but hopefully most of it was going to be on forestry tracks so distance wise it shouldn’t be a problem.

The only problem that there might be is daylight hours , to compensate for this I decided on a early start and would make sure that I had my head torch packed and a spare set batteries also I would make sure Bobs coat has the fleece attached and had the little flashing light fitted with a spare batteries .

Cont at :-

http://www.onefootinnorthumberland.co.uk/NRIK.htm

As normal a few photos enjoy.

A fox doing a runner, it burst out of the undergrowth turned and back again in the blink of an eye

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Bob waiting for me to carry him across the ford

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Heading up alongside the Lindhope burn

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On our way up stopping to look back down

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I think that I am looking towards a distant Cushat Law

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Looking down towards the building at Whiteburnshank

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A view of Kidland forest as we make our way along Clennell Street

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Local sheep, at this point I put Bob on the lead, the last thing I want is bob and some stroppy sheep having a battle of wills.

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Starting to cut down towards the river Alwin and the car (still a mile or so to go)

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Clennell Hill

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a quick look at the GPS and was surprise to see that we had walked 14.3 miles with 2477 ft. of the ups and downs...No wonder both Bob & I was knackered.

Thanks for reading ….mick

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Hi Mick,

A second career in traveling writing - photography? Your walks have obviously been great for you and your canine friends. They have also been a great inspiration and wonderful tour guide for all those who have seen your pieces! There may not be much overtime pay but the perks are good.

Jane

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Hi and Thank you both, it would be nice if I could earn a few £ for doing something that I really liked but that’s never going to happen , No my web site thingy is a natural progression from the dairy that I kept when I first lost my leg ………..that’s over nine years ago ……where does the time go? one day I hope to work all the way back to 2004 and start right at the beginning (at the moment I am on 2010 and working backwards so I have got a lot to do) , I still tend to use it as a dairy and if you read back over a period of time it covers all the ups and downs , you know bad leg days , busted limbs etc. etc. etc. so I suppose it a record of my time as an amputee , really I should put more amputee stuff on it .but I never seem to get enough time .

I know I bore a lot of people on this site about the walks I do but if I would have known what is possible when I lost my leg I am certain that I wouldn’t have had such a rough mental time of it all. If that makes sense , now all I want is someone who has lost a leg to come onto this site see my stuff and think ………………….if that old overweight man can do this why shouldn’t I and if just one person feels like that then its all worth it .

Sorry I am rambling on a bit.

Take care …..Mick

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I think your posts have many more fans than critics, Mick...I know that I look forward to them! And it is reassuring to know that you're out there doing what you love......keep it up!

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Thank you.

Cheryl, I use to have a comments page on it, you would be suppressed how much hate mail I got , mostly off the amputee community blaming me for getting there DlA stopped etc. etc. as well as all the spam and links to err doggy porn sites so to save all the trouble I simply removed it.

Kate ,I’m not sure proud is the right word, when I started I didn’t really know what I was doing with this website building stuff (still don’t really know if the truth is known) but I picked a program that is very basic & simple to use, the only problem is that it is very limited in what you can do with it and I am stuck with it now , if I even though for one minute that I would grow as it is I would have taken a bit more time and tried for a more posh or professional finish .

Take care …………Mick

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Hi Mick,

It really stinks to hear some people are so angry that some one else won't just sit on their backside and not try to regain their life. I guess that probably makes me naive to think common sense should prevail. Perhaps it is over simplifying but it is their loss and your gain Mick. And to anyone else who wants to do so - give it your all! What's to lose!

Jane

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Well, I don't know about your internet trolls Mick,but I personally find your diary is an honest, down to earth, intelligent, interesting account of your own accomplishments and certainly has no need to look any better - in fact it wouldn't feel as authentic if you 'poshed' it up. As for the trolls, I am constantly amazed by people and their ability to become vicious when hiding behind a nom de plume. I read so much bile under the guise of 'I Tell It Like It Is' and feel sorry for their families. DLA is a contentious subject in this country as the government strives to hit the poorest members of society and the most vulnerable. If people are unhappy that the loss of a limb does not entitle them automatically to DLA it is the government they should vent their bitterness on by letters to their MP.But it's much easier to scream at other amputees on line! I personally get angry when a truly interesting debate in a comments section is hijacked by that sort of idiot.

Keep up the diary please - I look forward to it and it enables me to live vicariously when I can't get out and about.....!

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