Friday, 13 August 2010

Gilsland Show

A bit later than anticipated - I just don't know where time goes to these days.

It was a grand turn out for the Gilsland Agricultural Show, lots more people through the gate than last year. Plenty to see and do and, most importantly, the weather was kind.

There are Shows throughout the summer all along Hadrian's Wall with the biggest two the Cumbria show in Carlisle and the Northumberland Show at Corbridge. Both are a bit too commercialised and busy for me - I love these little local shows where the local farming community get together for a good old chin wag.

The sheep pens with rosettes proudly displayed.

Judging the Rams this end one was proper frisky and kept rying to jump the fence

And of course there has to be Cumberland Wrestling

Terrier racing which is always hilarious, the tan dog won because the others had a scrap

Vintage tractors and other engines that men like to tinker with

The Industrial Tent with the childrens entries

Swaledale tup - beautiful markings

My husband would love those horns for his stick dressing
The fleece is coloured, faces and horns oiled and they're brushed just like those pampered pooches at Crufts.

Lots of shows still to come so if you want a really good day out go along here are the places and dates

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Caught up at last

The last of my backlog of pictures.
Tomorrow will be pictures from Gilsland agricultural show that was held today and a grand day out it was too.
Although clouds gathered and looked black they passed over without any rain falling on the showground.
Still that's for tomorrow,today's offerings now.

Cuddys Crag March 2010 (grid ref: NY782686)

Cuddys Crag June 2010 ( grid ref: NY782686)

Steel Rigg May 2010 ( grid ref NY782686)

Housesteads Crag March 2010 (grid ref: NY784686)

Steel Rigg May 2010 (grid Ref: NY782686)

Cawfield Crags July 2010 ( grid ref: NY719667)

Walltown Crags July 2010 (grid ref: NY672662)

Winshields Crag July 2010 ( grid ref: NY743675)

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Catch-up part 5

Nearly there just a few more photographs then I'm upto date.
By then I'd like to think it will have stopped raining so I can get out for a few sunrises.

Cuddys Crag June 2010 (grid ref: NY783686)

Cuddys Crag June 2010 (grid ref NY782686)

View to Housesteads July 2010 (grid ref:NY783682)

Kings Hill August 2010 (grid ref: NY795692)

Hotbank Crag June 2010 ( grid ref: NY774683)

Walltown Quarry July 2010 (grid ref: NY669659)

Friday, 6 August 2010

Playing Catch-up part4

Well I'm getting through the backlog, trying to mix them up so you don't get bored and fall asleep in your coffee.
It's still changeable weather here in Northumberland but Hadrian's Wall looks good whatever the weather.
Earlier in the year there was a dig at Birdoswald, to preserve archaeology and hopefully await advances in detection technology, only one site is given dig permission every ten years so it was quite a big thing.
It was the site of a Roman burial ground and once the dig was completed the land was ploughed, using a horse plough and sown with wildflower seeds.
I was there on Wednesday and it looks stunning, I used a slow speed to capture the movement of the flowers in the wind, with thoughts of ghostly Romans enjoying the flowers. So there are seven pictures today

Roman Burial Site at Birdoswald August 2010 (NY611659)

Crag Lough July 2010 (NY769680)

Pre-dawn at Cawfields May 2010 (NY669654)

View west from Hotbank Farm June 2010 (NY772682)

Kings Hill August 2010 (NY797692)

Kings Hill June 2010 (NY797692)

Walltown Crags June 2010 (NY675663)

If you click on the pictures you will be able to see a slightly larger version.
More later.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Playing catch-up part 3

Six more photographs, one of them taken this morning.

Forecast has, once again, headed towards rain - fortunately even with rain there have been bright spells through the day.

Of this batch of six photographs four of them were taken during the day, and on a couple of occasions I've met up with people who exclaimed with surprise to find me out and about with the camera in daylight hours.

I went off to Steel Rigg for sunrise this morning but it was shrouded in a bank of fog, I hung about hoping the rising sun would burn it off, 15 minutes after sun up and it was obvious this wasn't going to happen so I packed everything up and went to Caw Gap.

You can see the bank of fog hanging over Winshields Crag in my picture here, so I think I made the right decision to move when I did.

Caw Gap August 2010 (NY726668)

Crag Lough from Highshields Crag June 2010 (NY763678)

Rapishaw Gap June 2010 (NY780685)

Sycamore Gap June 2010 (NY761677)

Willowford Bridge June 2010 (NY621664)

Winshields Crag July 2010 (NY743675)

Well that's today's selection, another six to come tomorrow.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Catching up part 2

Day two of the catching up process, I've mixed the pictures up a bit today, they'd sorted themselves alphabetically in the file so Cawfield was heading the list.

It's been an eye opener for me, I've been moaning to TT that the weather has been awful since June, but the photographs prove that wasn't  true.

Of course, Hadrian's Wall looks wonderful whatever the weather and I admit I love the big dramatic stormy skies, as long as I can keep the lens rain free.
So ever onwards :

Cawfields Crag July 2010 (grid ref: NY706664)

Crag Lough in Gold May 2010 (grid ref: NY758677)

Mucklebank Crag and King Arthur's Well July 2010 (grid ref: NY680665)

Steel Rigg May 2010 (grid ref: NY752675)

Zig Zag tree near Black Carts June 2010 (grid Ref: NY880717)

Sycamore Gap at Sunset June 2010 ( grid ref: NY761677)

The grid reference should give you the point where I was standing to take the photograph or thereabouts and I hope it will be helpful to fellow photographers.

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Playing catch-up

I've been thinking about the Blog, while Blipfoto is great, the one photo a day is limiting especially if I'm wanting to share a few of my Hadrian's Wall I hope you don't mind if I upload photographs here again.
There might not be a lot of text, perhaps just the name of the place photographed, but I'll try to keep it going despite the horrible weather we have at the moment.
All of this rain has given me time to go through my pictures since I last uploaded here and I thought I'd play catch-up and post 6 a day until I'm back up to date.
So here we go.

Sunrise at Caw Gap on Hadrian's Wall 15th June 2010

Sunrise at Cawfields 6th July 2010

Morning mist at Cawfields 22nd June 2010

Cawfields Quarry 15th June 2010

Sunrise at Cawfields 6th July 2010

Cawfields Quarry 22nd June 2010

More to come tomorrow.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Time for a change

The blog has been going for more than a year now and I find increasingly that I'm repeating myself.
It's the nature of the area of Hadrian's Wall that I love to photograph that certain areas will come up again and again.I'm not going to stop posting up pictures however I hope you'll join me at on this site I'm allowed just one photograph per day which should concentrate the mind a bit, I can also add some text to tell you the wheres and whyfores of the various photographs.
Thankyou for your comments and questions over this last year and I hope you'll enjoy Blipfoto.
Take care

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Allen Banks - Just off the Wall but oh dear me!

TT picked the venue for our Wednesday outing.
He chose Allen Banks one of the National Trust woodlands very near to Hadrian's Wall, 5½ miles east of Haltwhistle, 3 miles west of Haydon Bridge.
It's a walk through a gorge with towering cliff faces and lots of waymarked trails.
There's a good carpark with a picnic area and toilets.
Straight out of the car park and onto the path alongside the river, but do mind where you put your feet, irresponsible dog owners have been through.

Allen Banks heading towards the suspension Bridge

The Trust has been doing lots of work on this section over the winter months, lots of trees have been felled opening up the canopy and making a brighter pathway.

Waters of the River Allen tumbling along

Masses of wild garlic, tiny white flowered oxalis, a smattering of bluebells and primroses along the way, although the garlic was beginning to wilt a bit without the tree cover to protect it.

Wood Anemone

As we pass further into the Gorge there's a sense of neglect, it's a bit like visiting an elderly relative whose house has that musty, unkempt smell,  a good clean up would make a world of difference.
In some places there has been landslip so the path drops away and you're trying to get down a 2ft drop to continue along the path.

Eventually you come to the smart new bridge at Plankey Mill, it  leads you into the field of cows with their calves and it is a bit rutted but hey that's the country for you.

The new bridge at Plankey Mill

On through the field and we're heading off towards Stawart Peel a medieval Peel Tower standing high above Staward Gorge and the River Allan. The path takes us through woodland, much of it commercially planted conifer wood so the trees are planted in  lines.

Commercial Pine trees

Having said that it's obviously an area teaming with wildlife, the muddy spots had masses of animal tracks and droppings for us to examine and try to identify.

On a less favourable note, it was also teaming with empty beer cans and bottles.

Please take your rubbish home

We followed the track by the river, watching sand martins swoop into nests a mere 18inches above the water, let's hope there's no big rush of water to flood them out.

The paths are well marked and we headed up to the high point and the Peel Tower.

The path to Staward Peel, Ramsons (Allium ursinum) line the path

It's a very steep climb, and whoever built the steps up the path must think we all have 40 inch long legs and knees that bend up to our ears, folk have made thier own track upwards, avoiding these impossible steps, bit of a waste really.
The Tower part of Staward Peel

Eventually we reach the top, looking forward to the 'tremendous views' promised in the walks leaflet, alas these are all obscured by scrubby branches, although maybe as a photographer I'm being a bit picky here.

The best of the "tremendous views" from the top

I was surprised that there wasn't a seat available, it seems the perfect spot to have your sandwiches and a drink. At the moment the only place you could sit is on the stones of the monument.

Then we went back down and headed back to the car park.
The only people we saw were other walkers, most of them over 50, certainly no children, so the plants pulled up and the flowers, like the Toothwort that I had photographed less than an hour before, could only have been snapped off by one of these older walkers.

Toothwort (Lathraea squamaria) a parasitic plant, one of the flowers deliberately snapped off by adult walkers.

Is it because the place has that uncared for feel, that people just don't care?

As we got back to the car park we did see a young NT employee doing remedial works and collecting rubbish so all is not lost.

Would I recommend it as an outing for visitors to this area?  
No I wouldn't, and that's a shame, because there is much of interest if only it wasn't all so shabby.
Catch you later.