DATE                       SUMMER 2010





Sometimes  when I put my Arty leg on first thing in the morning  I know its going to be one of those bad days , you know where it hurts and you cant walk to save your life and you know that no matter what you do its going to be a long knackering day , well today was one of those days , my little heart sinks  as I get  that painful feeling  as I  got out of bed and tried to put the leg on , I know from experience that taking it off and putting back on doesn’t really help but I do it anyway .one look at my wife who is festering and snuttering  in bed tells her all she needs to know , what shall we do today she asks  we had been planning to have a walk someplace after all that’s why we brought the van down to the Yorkshire dales for a extended weekend . But that’s not going to happen today.

Why is this happening now I ask myself it was fine yesterday, but I know that there isn’t an answer its just one of these strange things that crops up every now and then and I just have to put up with it, in the past this has sent me on a right downer but I suppose that I have learnt to live with it and try to make the most of the day / days.

I am not completely useless I can still get around in the leg but every thing has to be done at a very slow speed and defiantly no sudden shock loading of the leg, likewise I know from past experience as the day wears on my phantom pain will start to increase, again why this happens I haven’t got a clue and believe me when I say that I have read every thing ever written about Phantom pain.

So lets make the most of  the day , I goes without saying  that I am feeling “pissed off” about the situation and the fact that the planned walk will kicked into touch but that cant be helped so what to do with today , first breakfast .

We have brought one of those multi use electric frying pans and I have to say its brill, just throw the eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms in, and hey presto brilliant bacon butties etc. for breakfast.  This marvellous device can also be used as a slow cooker and has many other uses, but for us it’s a big breakfast fry up machine …..Great.

Breakfast and coffee thrown down our necks and after a natter we decide today will be one of those days where we will drive to a area, leave the car and go visit a waterfall then get back in the car and drive to the next one, it goes without saying that we would stop in any tea room’s we pass and stop at any other things of interest that we can spot on a map, hopefully I should be able to manage and we get to see things that we have wanted to see for some time .

So after a quick look at the map it was gear thrown into the car and off we went.

A few photos from today.

Catrigg force

Scaleber force


Stainforth force

The Hoffmann kiln

This industrial scale lime kiln was built in 1873 for the Craven Lime Company. The Hoffmann Continuous kiln was patented in 1858 by its German inventor Friedrich Hoffmann. The version built under licence at Langcliffe had 22 individual burning chambers. Limestone was burned continuously in a circuit around the kiln and it took an average of six weeks for one whole circuit.

Limestone blocks from the nearby quarry were barrowed in and carefully stacked by hand in the burning chamber. Coal was mixed in, and once lit, more added through small coal chutes from the top of the kiln. The complicated flue system allowed the heat and speed of the burn around the kiln to be carefully regulated. As one chamber burned, waste heat warmed limestone blocks in the next two or three chambers. Behind the burning zone, two or three chambers were left to cool down before the lime could be shovelled out and loaded onto railway wagons waiting in the sidings beside the kiln.

The kiln is lined with firebricks to withstand the intense heat. Behind the firebricks is a limestone rubble core, which helped to keep the heat in. In the roof are the small chutes down which crushed coal was dropped to keep the limestone burning. At floor level in the walls are the flue holes. Air was drawn from the outside under the burning limestone and the smoke went up the central core of the kiln to the chimney. Iron dampers on the roof allowed workers to regulate the draught in the flue system.

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