A good stretch of the legs……
Mary Kate often references this phrase when she is encouraging Sean to accompany her on a walk. It is how she & Sean first “step out together” for their formal engagement.
But those of you familiar with film “A Quiet Man” will also recall the scene when Mary Kate leaves him and boards a train departing Castletown and onto Dublin. Infuriated, Sean arrives and drags her off the train, and back to her brother to “give her back”. They are followed by the townspeople, and Sean forces her to walk the five miles to Innisfree from Castletown to Will Danaher’s farm.
The Quiet Man aptly illustrates the importance of taking action on what really matters to you…..
Sean demands that Will hand over her dowry, & when Will finally relents, Mary Kate and Sean throw the cash into a furnace.This is a wonderful moment in the film, no words are spoken but there is an understanding of what that act means. Sean was always concerned that Mary Kates focus was just the money, & he had more than enough for them both. But to Mary Kate, this money represented her, her dowry & she wanted it for what it represented, her freedom. The act of securing it was also symbolic to Mary Kate – that Sean loved her enough to stand up to her brother & defend her. A thought has occurred to me that it is only when you are prepared to take great effort over something that perhaps that is indicative that it is really something that is important to you – if you are not prepared to do that, take that stand, then perhaps that is the message that subconsciously, perhaps you don’t believe it’s worth fighting for.
Hartington is a wonderfully quaint little Derbyshire Village
Now, I’m far from suggesting the dragging method for a walk around Hartington, but with it’s stone houses, duck pond & lovely parish church, it had me recall that scene, when all the villages followed Shawn, in anticipation of the “big fight” that was to follow. I can just hear the music in my head now, dum dee dum dee……I think I am suggesting though that your acts & deeds do indicate where your heart truly is.
Rookes Pottery has beautiful, creative & unique ceramics
As well as the path that leads to a lovely walk through Wolfcotes Dale, Rookes pottery in the heart of Hartington is a real find – including this quite lovely teapot.
As a reward for all the walking, do leave time to visit The old cheese shop
It’s crammed with locally sourced artisan cheeses. The ones that found their way into my shopping basket were organic Staffordshire with wild garlic, Berkswell Ewe, a really nice nutty flavour, & white Stilton with lemon….and it was packed with Lemon!
Do see Miss O’Shea’s blog the roadshowversion that provides a wonderful synopsis of The Perfect Irish Romance: John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” (1952)