It has been a bit quiet archaeology-wise in the usual lull since Christmas, with all the feverish writing up of reports that I need to do rather than fieldwork. I thought I would trawl back through my photos to see if there was anything to post up and I came across these images of the Catch the Wind Kite Festival on the beach at Morecambe. I think it was a bit of a cloudier day to the more recent festival I posted on in St Anne’s last year but the scenery is a bit more interesting!
It truly felt like winter had arrived in earnest this last week. I have been out surveying the parkland and formal gardens at Acorn Bank, a National Trust property located on the outskirts of Temple Sowerby, near Penrith in Cumbria. The daylight has been limited with it being so close to the shortest day of the year, and the weather has mostly been cold, overcast and drizzly. Wednesday turned out to be a fine sunny day so I will post a selection of images from that day in the parkland below. You will notice that I was interested in the bare leafless winter trees and hedges in the parkland.
One of several half decent landscape shots taken that winter when we were out surveying in the mountains above Bethesda.
A nice summer photo for those people not enjoying the start of the frosty UK weather 🙂
Just a couple of images from the Kite Festival in St Annes, Lancashire way back in July.
I am in the middle of spending a happy couple of weeks back out in the Yorkshire Dales in the vicinity of Ingleborough. We are doing another landscape survey in advance of a programme of peatland restoration works. The survey involves looking at peat erosion scars and any drainage gullies for exposed artefacts such as flint flake scatters. I haven’t managed to get to the summit of Ingleborough so far this year but I should do, weather permitting, by the end of the project.
As I have previously mentioned I am quite partial to limestone scenery and the patterns of erosion and the forces of nature that have shaped it greatly over time. The gorge at Trow Gill is a fine example and is located sandwiched between Ingleborough Cave and the Gaping Gill pot hole. It is particularly scenic at the southern mouth where you follow the footpath up into its narrow confines.
The shake hole pocked area is a contrast between elevated sparse grassland with swathes of blanket peat and lower scarp slopes with exposed limestone pavement fringes. It is on these lower slopes where the greatest concentration of archaeological sites are to be found.
Today I was quite taken with the colour differentiations between the grassland, eroded areas of peat, standing water and sphagnum mosses.