Rest day in Alston

25th May 2018

Weather: Overcast, windy at lunchtime. Rain from 4pm into the evening.

Back to bed after breakfast, although some time was spent comparing the JOG trail with my itinerary. A great way to waste time.

Roused myself for lunch at a cafe, then a sit in the comfortable local library reading Austen’s “Persuasion” on my Kindle. On reading my first JA just a few years ago the crafty humour caught me unprepared & I wondered “does she know that it’s wickedly funny?” If ever any doubt remained there’s this line in Persuasion, about the thickheaded, late Richard Musgrove:

“… Dick Musgrove, who had never done anything to entitle himself to more than the abbreviation of his name …”

Leading you gently and deliberately into your own knowledge of the vulgar double entendre is but a part of the cleverness. I love JA.

A crowd of noisy children arrived in the library for storytime: lovely to hear them being happy.

A new water main is being installed in Alston, causing traffic diversions for weeks. I asked the landlady at the tatty, but cheap, Victoria Inn about the tarmac ruining the rather unique stone sets in the street. This is supposed to be remedied later, at considerable expense.

The only reason I am not at the very good-sounding hostel being it was fully booked for Friday night.

Author: Walklizard

May your feet stay dry as you walk through the bog. May your face be unblemished as you walk in the sunshine.

5 thoughts on “Rest day in Alston”

  1. On JA, with you on that, she lived during the Regency she was familiar with far bawdier language and behaviour than modern films and tv associate with her. Lucy Worsley’s book Jane Austen At Home is a brilliant read for any admirer of JA and a good local guide to our neck of the woods.

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  2. “What Matters in Jane Austen” (John Mullan) is a blast – can lend you my copy when you get back to parkrun. Good to see you’ve enjoyed your well-deserved rest in a lovely setting.
    I think it’s going to be too late for you – but I’m in Fort Augustus for a week (walking hopefully up some hills) from 16th June – if we can meet up, let me know. (Linda from parkrun – one of Sue’s bookclub friends).

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