By Kevin Crossley-Holland
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My ‘Song of the Knots’, written for kids a number of years in the past, was once easily an expiation: (to be learn rhythmically and quicker and swifter) Reef – Noose – Reef – Noose. Blood Knot – Bowline – Clove Hitch – Granny. Overhand – Rolling Hitch – Carrick Bend – Monkey Fist. operating Bowline – Spanish Bowline – determine of 8 – Fishermen’s Bend. Splicing and cleating and coiling and heaving. Jamming and slipping and kinking and sealing. Whipping and seizing. Whipping and seizing. Cotton or hemp, manila or wire. upward thrust and shine! There’s constantly a knot on the finish of the road! After years as a scout, I remained 5th in a patrol of six. i used to be even more of a legal responsibility than an asset, and that i knew it. If I sound Eeyore-ish approximately this, it’s simply because I significantly respect the all-rounder. In England and Minnesota, i've got pals who're distinctive students, unusual artists who've additionally equipped the homes they reside in with their very own arms, or created medieval gardens; who sail boats; who're technophiles. My grandfather Frank used to be a marvellous chippie; my mom and dad used their arms. So why am I so unpractical? Why do I regard the smallest fulfillment as tantamount to attaining base camp on Mount Everest? on the finish of the summer season time period, the Swanbourne pack or troop or no matter what it was once went away to scout camp. This targeted and needed week was once a unique subject altogether from our weekly conferences, and that i was once anxious approximately it. My fears weren't unfounded. once every one patrol had pitched its tents, i used to be designated to assist dig the shit-pits, or the ‘latrines’ because the scoutmaster elegantly known as them, and that i labored with one of these will that I raised bubble-blisters on the base of my smooth viola-playing palms. Then it was once again to our patrol zone the place my friends had accrued an honest pile of twigs and sticks. We have been issued with sausages and an egg each one, and with a frying pan and a matchbox containing merely suits. The sky became sickly yellow-and-grey; wind gusted during the diseased elms. it all started to rain. was once it in part simply because i used to be so unpractical that my mom and dad later selected to ship me to a college that placed such emphasis on self-reliance? the place scholars realized to paintings for a lot of the time all alone and the place, each one week, time was once allotted for pioneering (largely property maintenance)? the place they started every day with a dip right into a chilly tub and went for brisk pre-breakfast walks and wore shorts, summer time and wintry weather alike? the place the regime used to be, if no longer spartan, anyways bracing? whilst one of many scoutmasters did the rounds within the gloom and peppered (or really, sugared) us with clichés equivalent to ‘What tough success! ’ and ‘Tomorrow’s one other day’, and ‘When the going will get difficult, the harsh get going’, he additionally reminded us to not contact the insides of our tents, another way the rain may come via. ‘There’s a restrict to what waterproofing can do,’ he stated. there has been. subsequent morning, I dismally built a type of railing of sticks beside the smoky fireplace, and draped my sodden pyjamas over them.