ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

DRIVEN TO INSECTICIDE (12/07/11)

Today as promised I have foregone insects in favour of a Megalithic tomb………I may have posted on this before…I hope not. It nearly killed me hawking my body and a tripod to one thousand four hundred feet. Don’t panic! I started at over a thousand feet so a gentle stroll.

As always all images will enlarge…………the first to humongous size.Untitled_Panorama1 A stitched panorama…………..it’s deceptive countryside there are three populated valleys between me and the horizon. The dot…..white one……..in the centre is the camper.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The two black bits breaking the horizon are Five Wells. A very ancient burial mound that was destroyed by wall builders who raided it for stone two hundred years ago and not improved by a Victorian ‘Hooray’ archaeologist a hundred years later. I love the place I woke up in time to see it at dawn but the weather, being cloudy, I made an executive decision to have breakfast first.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis looks like a pile of limestone but is man made. Megalith doesn’t refer to a period, it it from the Greek and means big stone, this could be not only the highest British surviving man made edifice but also one of the oldest. They were built around five thousand and forty two years ago. How can I be so precise? Easy…..in June!! They didn’t call it June then of course they called it Hgrumpph. It is still easy…… what no one else knows I become an expert in.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey must have been very small people then so perhaps they were mega stones.

Have fun for the rest of the week………….Anyone else wondering if we have a Prime Minister? He’s gone awful quiet. Not dithering on our or your Rupert. Shall I , shan’t I ……..for once just missing. A blessed relief.

16 comments:

  1. Wonderfully wild looking scenes there Adrian, and not a soul in sight. My kinda place.

    Maybe the pm and his crew have been abducted by aliens, and being experimented on as we .........; or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

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  2. Sorry not to have commented for a week Adrian, I am struggling to keep up with comments at the moment but I have read all the posts and enjoyed them especially the ones with the birds on the feeders.

    Lovely, rather dramatic scenery on this post and all the better for (as Keith said) having not a soul in sight... wonderful!

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  3. Keith, when you have time, keep a note. I am back here for a week starting August the first but can move wherever. There is a stone circle not far away.........three actually. Plus god knows what else.

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  4. Jan, that's no problem, I know how much time and energy blogging takes. It is free so come and go as you wish. Always good to see you back.

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  5. Beautiful scenery Adrian.
    Many thanks for the best pub info... Ingleton has been done before but Hawes and Leyburn are all new to me... I am just praying for a couple of dry days.

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  6. Beautiful fields, fantastic stones and I think "they" have gone quiet, tee hee.

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  7. I love megaliths stories and photos!
    And I love your interpretation of time accuracy. Lovely post Adrian!

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  8. Great post Adrian, and great photos.

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  9. Looks a suitably serene and relaxing place to be.

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  10. Andrew, it is a grand spot....just far enough off the beaten track to be quiet.

    Bob, the stones are superb or what is left of them.

    Dee Bee, I'm an expert at dating prehistoric remains. About the only thing I am an expert at.

    Horst, thanks it is a beautiful area.

    John, very relaxing yesterday afternoon. A couple of beers and a BBQ.

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  11. I've never visited this one Adrian - but I will soon. On Taddington Moor n'est ce pas? Nice clouds in these, but it would be nice to have some sun this "summer"!

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  12. George c'est. Look it up and drive to the old watering hole above Taddington for Dragon/Damsel flies then walk the plateau to Five Wells. Five Wells is better in winter. There were no Dragons or damsels this week. I suspect, like butterflies they hatched early and were caught out. Caught me out anyway!

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  13. Despite your misgivings after your visit to Stornoway some years ago you'd really enjoy Callanish and the other humungous Megaliths that there are knocking around the Island - some in circles and some just, well, just megaliths

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  14. Graham, I like the Outer Hebrides. CalMac aren't as extortionate as they once were I just checked......£135.70p return.

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  15. We now have Road Equivalent Tariff which has boosted visitors and traffic tremendously: particularly campervans (both ways).

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  16. Graham, it is worth serious consideration. Last time I enquired I half thought they were selling me the ferry.

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