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Wayland waylaid

May 27th, 2007 (07:14 pm)

I had plans for this afternoon. I was going to take the car out to White Horse Hill and Wayland's Smithy, not visited for a couple of years now, but once the target of many a SocA pilgrimage. I would take my camera, and take moody pictures of the Smithy under a lachrymose sky. Unfortunately, the sky was rather too lachrymose, and driving to the National Trust car park on White Horse Hill was akin to driving up through a stream against the current; hardier and better-prepared walkers than I were huddled together in the car park, evidently their sturdy waterproofs were not sturdy enough in the face of what had become a downpour of monsoon proportions, and winds of Beaufortian ambition. So I failed to do the healthy and active walking I had planned, as I had not the company needed for adverse conditions (and this was worse than the weather I faced with a SocT party in Cumbria two years ago) and instead drove around south-west Oxfordshire, through roads often under a couple of inches of water, and past spontaneous village fountains erupting where the flooded drains were bursting through their covers.

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Posted by: Марья (dreiviertel)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
banquet

Hooray for the brave Parrot Knight! I last saw the White Horse nearly a year ago, and I long to repeat our now-customary cycling expedition. It's a pleasure to know that there are brave people out there who wouldn't be deterred by all hell breaking loose and would still ride to Dragonhill.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)

Though how long they would spend out of their cars is another matter - two seconds approximately, I confess.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
emperor

This is a wonderful LJ post :-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: ms_rebecca_riot (ms_rebecca_riot)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Rae Hay

Ah the summer monsoons of Oxford. Well I remember bodily hovering under the hand dryer in the ladies of the City Council and Bus-station in an attempt to look less drowned rodent-like. Around here one more has to avoid beign bodily picked up by strong winds. The joy.

What's socA and socT? Obviously a society of some sort- Tramping....? Anarchy? (imagines trail-mix/explosive combo)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)

I never explain what these are on unlocked posts, though the icon should explain the A...

Posted by: ms_rebecca_riot (ms_rebecca_riot)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Idris

Ahhhhh. i get it.Splendid.

Posted by: ms_rebecca_riot (ms_rebecca_riot)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)

your Beautifully poetic description, btw sounds like the plot arc/k 'for a new film written by Thom Yorke- Apocalyptic Home Counties Deluge' in which tiny human figures pit themselves against the scary post-modern yet medieval elements.' I think I need a cup of tea.

Posted by: rustica (rustica)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)

Driving in the rain is nice :)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 27th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)

I only misjudged my speed once, but skidded thankfully towards a hedge rather than towards the Range Rover heading towards me. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)

Ah, aqua-planing. Such fun. In an "I'm going to die imminently" kind of way....

Posted by: rustica (rustica)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)

That anonymous screened comment? Yeah. That would be me, in early morning stupid mode.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Battleship

S-W Oxfordshire sounds even wetter than the very small island. It has dried up this morning, but the sea is looking disturbingly rough.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

So the chances of the island being set adrift have receded in recent hours...

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Sillylily

It's wet and windy enough here that I wouldn't be surprised to find Harrow Hill had slipped its moorings and was moving majestically Thameswards. Looks like my proposed bank holiday visit to Chenies Manor with the Dumpling is off then...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)

Thankfully the car has survived the cold, haily, windy night (finds appropriate Steeleye Span track) as I need it to get into Oxford after I have had my coffee (a late start) and it's then being serviced tomorrow. I had fears of stray branches and broken windscreens.

Posted by: firin (firin)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)

I'm so relieved that someone else likes Steeleye Span, as most visitors who spy the eight or so CDs of theirs that I have on my shelf adopt attitudes varying from the patronising (folk music, how quaint) to the scornful.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
regeneration

Acquiring more Steeleye Span is on my 'to do' list. I've currently got the extended Please to See the King, Time and (the probably inevitable) All Around the Hat, and was thinking of moving on to Ten Man Mop next.

Posted by: king_pellinor (king_pellinor)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)

Come on down here again sometime. We've got lots :-)

Plus Fairport, various Albion Bands, Brass Monkey, Bellowhead and similar stuff. OK, not all of the Hutchins lineage, but one can easily trace links :-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

I've still to make up my mind about how much I actually like Ashley Hutchings himself as a musician/songwriter; I borrowed a CD compiled from various other Hutchings projects, Along the Downs, a few months ago, and didn't find it very inspiring. As an inspiration for most of the British folk-rock scene down to the present, though, he remains indispensible, and there is a lot of Albion Band material I'd like to get round to listening to.

Posted by: ms_rebecca_riot (ms_rebecca_riot)
Posted at: May 29th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)

who doesn't like Nellie the Elephant? ace.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)

I didn't know they'd recorded Nellie the Elephant? Surely the best version of that is by the Toy Dolls, anyway.

Posted by: Polly (jane_somebody)
Posted at: June 6th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
hands

Oh, I think there are several fans of the Span among our generation of SocT at least. I know kargicq and Neuromancer, and Gimli, are as well as skordh and myself. In fact, when we were all still living in Aylesbury, we went to a Steeleye Span gig at the Civic Centre there (the Time tour.)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 6th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)

*immediately starts playing 'The Old Maid in the Garret' in celebration of said album*

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)

By the time we went back to the B&B last night, I was wondering about this.