Some fairly poor photos of sand martins, but it was lovely to have them buzzing and bombing around us as we walked along the coast today.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
The rusty groynes were lovely yesterday ...and here was my field sketch ...kind of hard to find something to draw but good to be challenged. I had hoped to find a collection of buildings to do in a Percy Kelly style - that'll have to wait.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
We really should have planned these walks in some sort of order as today we returned to Parton and walked in the opposite direction towards Workington. To be fair it was an enjoyable walk - always nice to be on the coast; not as spectacular as other parts of Cumbria's coast but interesting, none the less, given the industrial heritage. The sea was flat calm and the Isle of Man was very clear ...we could even just make out Ireland on the far horizon. Harrington itself is an odd little spot ...a harbour, stony beach - mainly slag and good views up and down the coast. Just a pity the icecream van left the beach carpark just as we arrived!
|Top left - Parton: top right Harrington.|
Other photos of the coastal walk.
|Harrington harbour ...and a random toad!|
|Lovely rusty bits on the groynes at Harrington.|
|The Isle of Man.|
Monday, 17 April 2017
With the opening up of the coastal footpath we walked from Parton to Whitehaven; something we haven't done before and a strip of coast that we've whizzed past many times on the A595. We walked from Parton along the wagon way - which was for horse drawn trams to haul coal from Parton to Whitehaven docks. A lovely little walk and good to see the promenade developments at Whitehaven - an interesting contrast to some of the more run down areas of the town.
|Towards Whitehaven along the railway and Parton beach.|
|Whitehaven and some of the sculptures celebrating its varied and really interesting history ....|
|Rope sculptures on the Millennium Promenade.|
|Whitehaven lighthouse (1841)...the derelict 'lighthouse' on bottom left photo wasn't a lighthouse but a signal station.|
|Jackdaws collecting nesting material in the wall at Parton.|
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Saturday, 15 April 2017
An early spring walk. The wood anemones were at their best; the wild garlic just about to bloom. The celandines glowed; the herb Paris was just about to blossom. Lunch at the Old Crown and ice cream in Caldbeck...another cracking walk.
|Top left: the road to Caldbeck....the rest are from the walk along the Caldew.|
|Left - Waters meet and then top right - herb Paris (ancient woodland indicator species) and damp wood anemones.|
|Toothwort ...uncommon - a parasitic ancient woodland indicator species.|
|Bleach cup fungus....found in the spring.|
|Happy boy -Rocky!|
Friday, 14 April 2017
A riverside walk through a Victorian bottle dump and lots of finds left by the serious diggers....
|The Irish pipe with the shamrock is particularly nice and requires further research! The bottle stoppers are: a decorative glass; a traditional glass stopper and a vulcanite screw stopper.|
|Dr Mackenzie's smelling bottle....|
|The original advert.|
|The bottle stopper that I didn't find...|
Thursday, 13 April 2017
With Molly back home from Alaska for two weeks, it was an early start to drop paintings off in Grasmere for the Cumbria Local Arts exhibition; then secure a parking spot for Catbells. It wasn't a good day for photography and it was drizzling on Catbells so we didn't bother walking onto Maiden Moor. We did though stop off at Castlerigg stone circle ...but again the light was poor and it was too cold to paint! Back home it was then, to play monopoly next to the aga!
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
A bit delayed ....here are some pics from the gloriously sunny weekend we've just had ....how the weather changes!
|Left hand column: powdered quaker, satellite and chestnut.|
Right hand column: water carpet, early thorn (2nd generation) and Hebrew character.Bottom: a pair of red sword-grass.
Monday, 10 April 2017
Saturday, 8 April 2017
What a cracking walk! This part of the National Coastal footpath has just opened ...all refurbished with new kissing gates. A glorious day and I'd never been beyond the lighthouse on the coastal path at St Bees. Really spectacular cliffs with a feeling of Pembrokeshire on such a sunny day. Swallows and sand martins, chiffchaffs and spring flowers. Lots of guillemots and razorbills on the rookeries. Then you walk on past the sandstone quarry and on to the Haig pit ....a really interesting walk with spectacular scenery. I'd recommend doing it as a two car or return by bus walk as it was 15 miles as a round trip.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Monday, 3 April 2017
A lovely sunny day at Foulshaw yesterday. The Ospreys are back although they appear to be changing their nest site. Good views through the Trust's scope though. A lovely green hairstreak ...and quite a well-behaved one too. Good to hear the first willow warbler of the year in amongst all the chiffchaffs.
|Bottom right : the forked tree in the middle has an osprey on it!|