Bellerophon symbol, variation 7
Sunday 6th October 2019


Sunday 22nd September 2019

P9223978.JPGI think we're in Ambleside here. We popped by to do a bit of shopping, maybe, and then had a quick walk around the Stockghyll waterfall thingy. Yeah. So that's that.

Saturday 21st September 2019

Somewhere in the Yealands . . .

Saturday 14th September 2019

This was the second day of a weekend away somewhere near Eccleshall (Stoke?!) with Anna, Justin and family. We arrived Friday night . . . around about 19:30 or something like that, Anna and Justin arriving a few hours after. Today we went to this Monkey Forest place, a kind of sanctuary thing for barbary macaque monkeys. The monkeys pretty much had free rein to wander around as they saw fit, with the humans having to remain vigilant and not get too close. It was great, though. I mean, how can you can go wrong? Trees, monkeys, good weather . . . Yep, all good.

Saturday 7th September 2019

Looking for Silver Birch
P9073940.JPGP9073941.JPGP9073945.JPGWell, yeah, kind of . . . We fancied a walk around Yealand area and also A****** had an art piece of homework to do involving sketching some silver birch bark, I believe. To help with this, we were on a little quest for silver birch, taking pictures and the like, taking some samples back with us. We figured probably best to go the extra mile, do some sketches of leaves as well, that kind of thing. In hindsight, the extra work paid dividends and it all paid off.

Sunday 1st September 2019

Gait Barrows
P9013932.JPGI think we were at somewhere like Gait Barrows today.

Monday 26th August 2019

Arnside, again! But a different bit, with different people

Saturday 24th August 2019


Sunday 11th August 2019

Erm . . . High Dam?

Thursday 8th August 2019

Anglesey, Day 6

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Anglesey, Day 5
We first stopped off at Bryn Celli Ddu burial chamber, which had some kind of strange accolade of being the only prehistoric / neolithic site on Anglesey (or was it Wales?) to have some kind of deliberate alignment to the solstice, or thereabouts. Yeah, so that was good. So then we went to Beaumaris, checking out the castle and wandering around the town a bit, before enjoying fish and chips by the sea.

Tuesday 6th August 2019

Anglesey, Day 4
So this was a day primarily for the boys, something fun that M****** had found (I think?!). I'm not sure how you describe this place (just Google it): Bounce Below, Zip World Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog. So you've basically got a large, inactive (moribund?) cave system and someone had the genius idea: "Can we fill it with a load of bouncy net things and slides?" And that was it, basically. M****** stayed on the side, taking the odd picture or two, looking after bags and clothes, drinking coffee . . . whilst me and boys bounced and slid around in this weird, underground environment. I can honestly say I've never been anyway like this and thought it was amazing, as did the boys. Apparently the ambient temperature was a constant 11 degree Celsius all year around, but you quickly got a sweat on doing all the running and bouncing around. Yeah, so . . . It was great. Photography was a bit of a difficultly, due to the low light levels and all the bouncing around, but yeah . . . ne'er mind, eh?

Monday 5th August 2019

Anglesey, Day 3
So here we are at Plas Newyddm which I think we managed to pronounce embarrassingly incorrect to all and sundry, although by 'all and sundry' I probably just mean the owner of our holiday house, who we bumped into on our way out. We wandered around the grounds, had lunch here, played a bit of frisbee golf . . . yeah, that kind of thing.

Sunday 4th August 2019

Anglesey, Day 2
I think this was an ambition of M******, to get to the top of Snowdon. We had previously booked train tickets for this thing, and it was one crazy train journey, sometimes with these precarious sheer drops to one (or both) sides of the train. The cloud only appeared as we got nearer the top, perhaps the last twenty minutes or so. Anyway, the weather was a bit, erm . . . moody at the top, but it was fine. The visitor certain was just wrong, in so many ways, so we didn't spend long there. There was also a queue to get to the very last few metres of the 1085m summit and we were like, "yeah, we're fine." So we headed back down on the two-hour-ish walk, or perhaps two and a half hours . . . not sure.

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Anglesey, Day 1
P8033804.JPGThis seems to be the only picture from today. We had the light on, and at the end of the lounge was this massive floor-to-ceiling window. We got a lot of moth-like things attracted to the light included this, the mother of all moths. HOOOOOOOOOJ.