Vic Heaney walks, writes and raises money for pancreatic cancer research and today he is guest blogging for me. Many thanks Vic.
Thanks, Jacqui, for lending me space on your blog. Vic's Big Walk from SW France to NW England took 70 days, at the age of 70. But there was also a training period of two years, during which I walked a further 12,000 kms. Here are some of my thoughts from one of those walks.
Can You Bear It?
While walking this morning I was hit once again by the strong aroma of silage. Something you wouldn’t notice while in a car. Or is it called haylage? What you get with those huge rolled up whirls of hay which are then enclosed in plastic.
The haylage sits in the sun stewing away inside the plastic. Even though it is completely wrapped you get this very strong very sweet smell of the fermentation that’s going on inside there. Animals, with their sense of smell, must whiff it from much further away. So when the farmers unwrap it for use in winter or in times of drought the critters must go absolutely berserk at this stuff. They probably salivate all summer at the prospect.
We read a few weeks ago that one of these bears had been seen in Rennes le Chateau which is only 10 miles away or so from us, as the crow flies, well inside the Aude. When they were released they were fitted with radio collars so that their movements could be tracked. This one has been wandering around over a very wide area – it was located in Pamiers – 50 kms in the other direction – only a few days earlier. They think it is, as it would be, looking for a mate. We all need somebody to love.
My books are written to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. Details here: