Monday, 28 December 2015

Dry Gill minerals in more detail.

Following our walk up High Pike here are some more details about the finds - they are correct to the best of our knowledge! Thanks to Tom who took on the research with enthusiasm!

Dry Gill is one of the main sources of campylite in the world and at Dry Gill it is the dominant lead mineral. Campylite is a form of phosphatian mimetite and we found 4 'forms' of  campylite [Pb5(AsO4)3Cl].
The 4 forms included:

  • Lime green campylite 
  • Olive green campylite 
  • Yellow campylite 
  • Lime green mimetite with needles 

Lime green form campylite under a microscope clearly showing the hexagonal cross section through the curved, barrel shaped crystals of campylite.
A lime green form of mimetite with unusual spikey outgrowths/needles under a microscope.
Distinct yellow form of campylite surrounded by psilomelane which is a form of  manganese oxide (approximately Mn02).
Psilomelane is commonly associated with mimetite.
A single large lime green form campylite on quartz.
A group of small lime green form campylite on quartz.

High Pike and the Dry Gill shales

A walk up High Pike and then down via the Dry Gill shales. A couple of small trilobite fragments and some nice crystals of mimetite in different forms.


Rocky enjoying his run out - before the next storm batters poor Cumbria! 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Mungrisdale Craft Fair 2015

Well everything is ready to go into the car - when it stops raining - and here's hoping for an enjoyable weekend.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Bowscale tarn and fell - mini oils.

Ahead of the Mungrisdale Craft Fare - some targeted mini oils - as usual the things you panick to make probably won't sell...but hey ..ho!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Kynance Cove and the coast to the north.

Kynance is at the very far right hand of the cove where the beach just begins.
The oil painting...and.....
The photo!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Swimming hedgehogs!

Given the current weather in Cumbria, I think these hedgehogs might have to swim to their destination!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Friday, 30 October 2015

Harlyn Bay to Porthcothan.

An atmospheric cliff walk this morning, with the highlight being a baby slow worm.

Trevose head

Some spectacularly coloured rocks...covered in Xanthoria lichen.
The rocks.

A2 mixed media abstraction.

The field sketch.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Surfing at Harlyn Bay.

A lovely late afternoon surf ...not particularly big waves but strong and long rides.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Lizard Point.....Kynance Cove....Cadgwith and back

A glorious walk - low tide at Kynance and for the first time the fog didn't roll in so we got some views!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A spectacular sea at Constantine

A stunning evening walk along what was left of the beach at high tide on Constantine - following a great surf at Harlyn Bay.


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Waves at Constantine

A quick walk down the beach this evening and a spectacular sea - it's too dark to photo the wave sketches tonight now.

Porthcothan to Bedruthan

A gloriously warm and sunny walk!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Christmas trees

Little Christmas trees with driftwood trunks....and as bunting.

Central Lakes from Binsey.

Another oil ...this time on a sunnier day than the last painting of the same view.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

October moth trap, Autumn has arrived

A luxury, reliable moth trapping night in October!


1. 2 yellow line quakers and a red line quaker; 2. brindled ocre; 3.acleris laterena; 4.green brindled cresent; 5. pale mottled willow; 6. garden rose tortrix; 7. autumnal rustic; 8.canary shouldered thorn; 9.feathered thorn; 10. november moth; 11.pink barred sallow; 12.small seraphin; 13.frosted orange; 14.brown spot pinion; 15.garden rose tortrix.