Last time I was in the area I got distracted by old charabancs. I noticed this word is in danger of being removed from the English dictionary so decided to use it. I’ll use again in upper case CHARABANCS. A lovely word! This time although I didn’t make the nature reserve in Smardale I did have a wonderful wander. I usually go for a stroll or two in a new place………..saves lugging all the gear to no good purpose. Looking critically at my posts. The equipment is rarely carried to good purpose. You suffer, I enjoy! I have fun.
The good news, I have internet the bad… Is it slow? Slow I thought the lap top had lost it’s marbles or whatever it has inside……NO!……it’s BT Open Zone costs a tenner a day and is a right royal rip off. I usually use 3G and when in range it is great. Nine times out of ten I get a signal. The maps above I timed for download. Thirty five minutes. I purchased snail-mail. Thanks BT. You don’t improve. British Telecom it stands for…………Bloody Tossers it means. If they had any conscience they would call themselves UBT. The ‘U’ for useless.
Bet you think I’ve no pictures. I have hundreds………….no good ones but I have loads. Enough to give a flavour of the area. It’s not all old charabancs.
This barn looks German to me or American of course. Most likely the work of prisoners of war in the last global conflict. German POWs…the USA were on our side…We forgive friendly fire…Have to!………..It’s beautiful. I’ll get out with a tripod and catch it in early morning light.
Smardale Bridge…on a bit of a tilt, I did straighten it but nor properly…it provide dry passage over Smardale Gill…………a grand Yorkshire name for a stream. We are in Cumbria they must have stolen the term.
We wandered on. Eventually, after driving the marauding natives off with a pointed stick, we made the other side of the viaduct. You know I’m joking. We are on the Yorkshire Cumbria border not in Northumberland. Northumberland every footpath is an assault course that would test a Royal Marine, every land owner an absentee who employs thugs to prevent the ingress of peasants. Here the natives are friendly.
I need help. There were hundreds of these. More than there are midges in Glencoe…………..I first thought Argus. I have settled on Woodland Ringlet. They were feeding on, what I hope is, Ragwort and also Common Scabious, if that’s the small one. No woods around here though there is the odd tree.
I have loads more but the pictures are rubbish…………..worse than these. So tomorrow, weather permitting we’ll be out in early light for some entertaining snaps.
All go Awww! I’ve pulled a tendon in my leg again. It’ll mend. Beautiful weather here.
The chances of BT being able to post this before it times out are slim. I’ll give it three or four goes. I have done and can’t even get my money back. Bunch of thieves. I got good enough access to pay on line. I’m going to have a serious go at them.
All the best.