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Observed on the hill

I am reminded that I found another commentworthy thing on Kit hill yesterday.


One thing you do have to look out for on the hill is that there are a number of old (19th century and earlier) mineshafts here and there. They are all surrounded by big walls or fences, there are not that many of them and some of them have gratings over the top as well as being fenced/walled, so they are not that dangerous as long as you are aware of them and keep your eyes open. Or so I thought.

Today I was walking past one at a distance, when I saw an oldish bloke climbing over the wall into the top of the shaft. I wondered what he was up to, so I went a bit closer and saw he had 2 dogs with him, one with its feet up on the wall in a 'where has my person gone?' kind of way.

So I called to find out what he was up to. And what he was up to, was fishing out the dogs' ball, which he had accidentally chucked over the wall, and got stuck in the vegetation growing around the top of the shaft!

I stuck around till he had climbed out again, to make sure he didn't slip and got out OK, but I was a tad flummoxed.

The wall was a good 6 foot tall and the shaft is well away from any path, so if he had slipped, likely nobody would have heard him call for help. And those shafts are *deep*.

4 things:
1) playing ball with dogs right next to a mineshaft. Ok, there's a wall, but still, there are acres and acres of hill NOT next to the mineshafts, so why...?
2) climbing into the mouth of a mineshaft!
3) someone lost a dog earlier this year into one of the mineshafts (not that one though I think). The dog died. :-(
4) HOW HAS THAT MAN STAYED ALIVE LONG ENOUGH TO GET OLD AND BALD???

I utterly failed to say any of these things to him, obviously. I am useless.  Surprised, but useless. Still, this does mean I have another post for my 'loons' tag...4

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wellinghall
14th Jun, 2008 07:12 (UTC)
Some people are just too stupid to live (although I'm sure his dogs would miss him).
bunn
16th Jun, 2008 19:01 (UTC)
An exciting varient on the fall into a mineshaft disaster would have been if the larger dog had decided to jump the wall to find out what was going on, knocking the owner and himself into the shaft...
cockatiel_art
16th Jun, 2008 00:24 (UTC)
Crawling...into...a ...mind...shaft **is mystified**

Wow.... I agree. makes you wonder how people get to be so old....

(PS - I'm a lurker on the all things sighthound community. Thought I'd take a peek at ya!)
bunn
16th Jun, 2008 19:02 (UTC)
~waves~ Hello fellow whippet lover. Icon of my whippet x greyhound as a greeting!
chainmailmaiden
16th Jun, 2008 08:53 (UTC)
HOW HAS THAT MAN STAYED ALIVE LONG ENOUGH TO GET OLD AND BALD???

:-D Sometimes natural selection seems to skip over the most obvious candidates...
bunn
16th Jun, 2008 19:03 (UTC)
I wonder if luck is genetic...
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