Lake District rambling

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Tek care!

It’s always nice when I’m back out surveying in the Lake District.  I’m out near Cockermouth following a proposed water pipeline route. There’s not too much here but at
least it isn’t raining today.

Cairn Holy II, Neolithic Chambered Cairn, Dumfries and Galloway

Portal and chamber at Cain Holy II

Portal and chamber at Cain Holy II

Cairn Holy I, Neolithic Chambered Cairn, Dumfries and Galloway

Facade at Cairn Holy I

Facade at Cairn Holy I

Snowdrop walk at Lytham Hall

Exploring the snowdrops at Lytham Hall

Exploring the snowdrops at Lytham Hall

Here are some pictures of my Monday child rearing duties the other week that included a nice trip around the wooded grounds surrounding Lytham Hall. I’ve wanted to visit there for ages because at this time of year they put on a series of snowdrop walks. The Lytham Town Trust have secured significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the hall and grounds, and this was particularly evident where the South prospect garden and parterre are now under reconstruction. The footpaths through the woodland and up on the prospect mound have been upgraded which made lugging a buggy around much easier than before.

More photos of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire – Autumn 2014

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Careworn objects seen at the Ribble Steam Railway

Detail of British Railways signs

Detail of British Railways signs

Well where has the long extended summer of 2014 gone now? Unfortunately I have been an infrequent poster on here over the last few months what with work, traveling all over and getting things written up back in the office. Now that the nights are drawing in I will try to post some more interesting things that I have seen, or done, and places visited this summer.

For starters here are some more images of our May 2014 visit to the Ribble Steam Railway based in Preston. I liked the shiny refurbished exhibits with their bright coats of paint sat in what is a great little museum collection, but I often find the rusty, dusty and careworn items much more interesting. Maybe I should take up urbex for a hobby?

 

 

Shiny things at Ribble Steam Railway

Black - Green - Blue -Turquoise - Blue - Green

Black – Green – Blue -Turquoise – Blue – Green

We took the little ones down to the Ribble Steam Railway based on the docks in Preston at the end of May. There was a steam day and a teddy bear’s picnic event going on over the weekend. We have lived relatively close to the railway for many years and I have seen the sign for it in passing but I never realised how extensive it was. The track is quite short, being only a fragmentary remnant of the dock-side railway at the now redeveloped Preston Docks. The exhibition building is massive though and you can also go around the dusty and rusty workshops too. As with most industrial heritage/archaeology museums there is a stark contrast between the bright and shiny things and the dilapidated and rusty things. Here are a few more images of the shiny/colourful things.

Spotting orchids at Sewingshields, Northumberland – 18/06/14

Detail of a Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

Detail of a Heath Spotted Orchid – Dactylorhiza maculata

One of the happy byproducts of being immersed in moorland landscapes through much of the year is that I can watch the passing seasons and their flora and fauna. I have been at work out surveying at Sewingshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park (blog post to follow), and a spare moment saw me crawling through the undergrowth to take these images of the orchids flowering in a slightly boggy dip. A bonus of working with volunteers is that they bring their different experiences and knowledge with them, and Martin in particular explained the intricacies of moorland flora.

Archaeologist and a Northern Marsh Orchid/hybrid?

Archaeologist and a Northern Marsh Orchid/hybrid?

Northern Marsh Orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh Orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Common Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris

Common Butterwort – Pinguicula vulgaris

Detail of a hybrid Northern Marsh Orchid?

Detail of a hybrid Northern Marsh Orchid?

Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

Heath Spotted Orchid – Dactylorhiza maculata

Is it very nearly time for my holidays?

It’s that time of year again when I get itchy feet and want to be on holiday already. I though I would share some images of our Tuscan trip from 2008, back when we could afford foreign holidays!

Pommes de terre

Detail of seed potatoes

Detail of seed potatoes

An otherwise uneventful visit to Cheshire last month for a walkover survey led to a few images of potato planting… and a large pile of poo.