Our Thwarted Plans

Our thwarted plans…

Ed and I intended to walk for Liverpool, via Anglesey. We’ve never before reached higher than mid-Wales, so Liverpool represented a portal, through which we could leap into Northern moors, lakes and peaks.

Also, we told curious passed-bys, Liverpool is the port from which traditional British music left these shores, to spread and mutate through new worlds – so we supposed it was proper to take the old songs back there again.

ceci n’est pas Scouse

At this point, I drop the plot revealer – a spoiler, in truth – for it was not until the last few days of our ill-fated journey that we discovered this truth for ourselves:

Ed left with Giardia in his small intestine. This is a tropical parasite, very common in the ‘developing’ world, though relatively rare in South England. The symptoms include wafty headedness, lack of nutritional uptake and low-energy. These effects ‘flare’ with lowered immunity or fatigue.

With this disadvantage, we did not reach Liverpool. Our ill-fated walk lasted a mere six weeks, and barely passed Stroud in Gloucestershire. Alongside the many traditional thrills of a long singing walk, we did lots of resting and wondering why. A fuller account (without dull bits) can be read HERE.

sun sets on this journey…

We can only say sorry, to everyone we didn’t meet and sing for. Our intentions were good.

Ed is currently convalescing in Somerset. God-willing, he’ll soon be restored to full vigorous health.

Future journeys are being currently mooted. Having persisted this far, we’ll endeavour to continue, in yet fresher new forms.

When I die I'll live again
we’ll live again

And we shall keep on singing, with an epic exciting new album coming soon.

Much love to you all,

And cheerio for now,

Will and Ed.


Brachipod Haresfield
history is in hand

10 Responses to “Our Thwarted Plans”

  1. Brian says:

    Get well ED! I have been following your adventures from across the channel and I hope you are up and walking soon,

  2. Ed, you poor old cake, get well soon! No chance of the good old fashioned remedy working best, is there? Lashings of brandy.

    Lovely meeting you both in Bath. There’s a song coming your way…

  3. Angela says:

    “Que sera sera” as dear old Doris Day once sang but the most important thing is that Ed makes a full and speedy recovery so you can both get back to doing what you love…singing and exploring our beautiful land. God speed!
    Love and light. Angela

  4. Sparkly Jane says:

    So sorry to hear you didn’t make it beyond Stroud. Here’s hoping you will make it next time and if you want a place to stay in Gloucestershire keep me in mind.

  5. Laura says:

    Get well soon lovely Ed.
    I can’t wait to hear you both sing soon.

  6. kruse says:

    Hope you get better very quickly Ed. And I hope you folks will consider tramping through old Mercia one day and bringing your songs to us Midlands folk. May one thousand Blessings be upon you.

  7. Sarah says:

    Was wondering where you lads were! Hope Ed feels better soon. Best wishes from Canada.

    – Homesick Brit.

  8. Hi Will & Ed

    The only consoling thing I can write is that you saw the Stroud valleys at their loveliest.

    Wishing you both well and hoping you’ll pass this way again.


  9. Iris & Rog says:

    Bad luck. We think you’ll find Eastern England remarkably Giardi free… And if you do ever get here [sigh] we have Latitude in July and we can really see you guys performing. You do a walk from there to the Cambrigde folk festival methinks. Suttin Hoo would love you ..and all those early Saxon and medieval wool churches could echo to your sounds…

    Anyway, good luck with the recovery. Our B-in-L came back from India with cholera once. Now that really did pose a question for the water people :)

    OK you are a positive light in a sometimes grim world. Keep shining.

    Sending love and good thoughts,

    Roger and Iris

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