I have a theory that I can tell how posh a place is by counting the number of men I spot wearing red coloured trousers.
Why? Because I have never seen a man wear a pair of red coloured trousers on a housing estate but I have seen them on a country estate.
I saw allot of a red trousered men in Cornwall.
Sidenote: there is a funny website called http://lookatmyfuckingredtrousers.blogspot.com/
Which reminds of a posh man I met at University who claimed he was working class despite growing up in a castle. He claimed it was true because his nanny was working class!
There is a phrase “An Englishman’s home is his castle.” In that man’s case it was literally true but in most cases it implies a homeowner (whether a castle or hovel) should have the right to defend their home from invaders. Not in an amusing Home Alone style way in which a criminal is hit in the face with an Iron by a small child but in a mad farmer way where a criminal is blasted by a shot gun.
This meant I was slightly afraid of Trail running in Cornwall.
In Scotland I can go anywhere (just about) as the public has a right of access over land and inland water as long as they behave responsibly.
In England no such right exists. The freedom to roam is only as long as the public follow public rights of way.
I saw how protective people are of their “castle” whilst walking along a public path. At one point, the path seemed to lead into the garden of a house. I wasn’t sure about the path so I looked at a map and discovered that the route through the garden wasn’t a public path but a private path. The public path involved skirting round the garden.
I skirted around the garden. When I got round to the other side I noticed someone else had not checked the route and was now walking across the garden. It did not take long for a man to appear from the house. The man wore red trousers. Which matched the colour of his angry face. He shouted “WHY ARE YOU IN MY GARDEN?”
I don’t think the correct answer was “to admire your roses?”
For the rest of my trip I was very careful to check where I walked and ran.