Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Mini paintings of Carrock Fell

Following our walk last Sunday I was looking forward to doing some mini oils of Carrock in the snow...

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A frosty dog walk.

Another gorgeous, cold morning, so with the temperature due to rise it was dog walk with camera. Lots of lovely ice crystals, slippy underfoot and lots of finches, fieldfares and redwings in the hedges.

Ice crystals on a frozen puddle. 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Carrock and High Pike round walk.

A lovely, but very cold, day. We parked up at Calebreck, the road from Hesket Newmarket to Calebreck was fine, but after that very icey along the foot of Carrock Fell. Great conditions underfoot and the 'soggy saddle' between High Pike and Carrock was lovely and frozen.

The start of the walk looking across to Carrock Fell 

Top left: Carrock Fell
Top right: Blencathra
Bottom two: High Pike - photos taken 2 minutes apart - fabulous skies today!

High Pike summit with Carrock Fell in the background.

Carrock Fell and sumit.

Rocky's day out on Carrock Fell and High Pike.

A glorious cold and sunny day and a great round walk followed by lunch at the Old Crown in Hesket Newmarket. I'll blog details of the walk next.

Looking arcross fro the base of High Pike to Carrock Fell. 
Rocky in his element! 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Mini milk bottles.

I bought the plain mini milk bottles a while back - ready to decorate for the first craft fair ...just completed them time for the last craft fair at Blaithwaite house near Wigton! I'm not quite sure how to market them ...pretty little milk bottles that hold anything from holly to paint brushes ideal stocking filler!

Blaithwaite house : this Sunday 11am - 3pm.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A bird orientated walk from Singleton campus, Swansea.

Tom walked from the University in Swansea (Singleton campus) along the beach through Blackpill and West Cross to the Mumbles. Then along the coastal footpath past Middle Head to Bracelet Bay along to Limeslade Bay; then up onto the path back to Middle Head and back to the university along the coast path. The weather was full sun without a cloud in the sky, but very cold at around 5 degrees, however the sun meant it was still tshirt weather on the way there.
Top left 3: on the walk back there were 3 different families of long-tailed tits with around 6 individuals in each group.
Top right: Goldcrest in a conifer at Black Pill.
Bottom left: redshank and oystercatchers along the coast of Mumbles and Black pill.
Bottom Right: Stonechat on the heather and gorse moorland areas of Mumbles Hill nature reserve. The highlight however had to be the three sightings of a green-woodpecker at Bracelet bay as it flew by and landed on the limestone bedrock then flew up again and over towards Langland Bay.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Haematite at Limeslade Bay.

More pictures from Tom of Limeslade bay - this time focussing on the lovely patterns when it is combined with calcite. There's a fault that runs through the limestone in bay and iron minerals have percolated into the spaces between calcite crystals in the fault. In some cases the iron minerals (haematite) have completely replaced the calcite. Apparently the Romans mined the iron deposits and mining actually continued until the late 1800s.