Pick a lovely sunny day
To have the best fun along the way!
Go for a walk, look for a clue
Solve a murder mystery is what you do!
A search for lost treasure might be the thing
But if you can’t find it, you can always ring
Call up the text line to help eliminate a place
Or just keep looking – it’s probably in your face!
There is another mission for you to try
You’ll need to get ready to be a spy!
Crack the code to save the world
Get everyone involved young and old.
Look high and look low to see the town
It’ll give you a lift if you’re feeling down.
Play the game at your own pace
Remember to have fun, it’s not a race!
You will always find more than you’re looking for
That’s what happens when you explore.
So stop and start along the way
And make the most of a memorable day!
Get to the end there is one more thing to do
Go to treasuretrails.co.uk to check each clue.
Submit your answer to win a prize
Then just relax after your exercise!
Now its your turn! We would loveto see and publish your poems about your days out with Treasure Trails and even better we’d be delighted if you performed them on YouTube. So, that’s your challenge for the summer holidays. Send them in on facebook or direct to us as TTHQ. Go on ~ you know you want to!
Favourite Walking Books – an Occasional Series! On this week’s blog, we review “The Old Ways” by Robert Macfarlane, subtitled “A Journey on Foot”. In June it was Waterstone’s book of month and their marketing blurb stated the book is “The perfect summer read and a passionate endorsement to get out of the house, embrace the great outdoors and to walk, explore and enjoy our surroundings.”
I am not sure that the book would inspire you to get out of the house, but if you enjoy walking, exploring and reading about it, then this is a book for you. It is part travel, with a sprinkling of geography, some snippets of history and references to some of the greats in our literary past. For a non-fiction book it is highly readable and glorious in its descriptions and imagery.
Macfarlane uses a lot of lists in his writing and I can imagine him out of the road making mental or even physical lists of what he experiences. For example in his initial preamble he states
“And everywhere I met people – usual and unusual, quiet and voluble, everyday and eccentric …….//…. I met dawdlers, dreamers, striders, guides, pilgrims, wanderers, stravaigers, trespassers, cartographers – and a man who believed he was a tree and that trees were people.”
In case like me you didn’t know – stravaigers is from the Scottish meaning to roam or wander!
I like his wit and occasionally I have been moved to laugh out loud as I read and mark a passage to return to later.
“Two days before I set off, my Alaskan friend James helpfully recommended that I take a small sharp hatchet with me: ‘That way, if you get stuck in the mud with the tide coming in, you can cut your legs off at the ankles and escape.’”
I mentioned his imagery earlier and a fantastic example of his ability to show us what he sees is when he was in Stornoway harbour with a fabulous description that I know I will remember when I next see seals in the water!
“Big seals floating here and there, their nostrils and eyes just above the water, their blubbery backs looking like the puffed-up anoraks of murder victims……”
The only negative about the book is the photography which is grainy and difficult to appreciate. There may be practical reasons why the photographs aren’t better, but in my view they add nothing to it.
The Old Ways is one of those books that you don’t want to finish because once you get to the end it feels as though a brilliant journey is over and you can’t repeat straight away and so feel lost without with its companionship along the way!
Have you read it? What did you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
What are your favourite walking books? Tell us on facebook or twitter and if you can link the book to one of our Treasure Trails towns, we’ll send you a free Trail of your choice! We need to hear from you by the end of July.