Moody Monday….. Lives up to its Reputation

Moody Monday….well it is, if that description fits a day that started bright, soon turned wet, then produced just one or two brief flashes of sunshine.

The sun on wet leaves brought out a rich ‘spring like’ bright glistening green on some of our trees…

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But the Horse Chestnut was rapidly losing its brown and golden leaves…

Fungi flourish in a dark corner….. no doubt many more to come….

But threatening clouds were never far away, clouds that did, for lengthy periods of time, switch out the sun just like flicking a light switch.  Then pop the sun would burst out for another brief treat….

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The forecast is not good for the remainder of the week, but we will wait and see.  Bad weather does little to help one’s spirits and well-being in these strange and troubled times, so….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday…… and may be everyday ?

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Hardknott Roman Fort, Cumbria 

I imagine that for the Roman Soldiers stationed here at Hardknott Fort, high on the Cumbrian mountains, it was possibly Moody Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so on.   The Fort was built at the top of the Hardknott Pass at the head of Eskdale.  An idyllic place on a warm sunny day, but more likely windy, wet and at time worse, vastly different from the Mediterranean climate the Romans were used to.

The pass reaches its summit at about a 1000ft and is surrounded by much higher Cumbrian mountains.  The purpose of the Fort was to guard the Roman Road that ascended from Wrynose Bottom (honest that’s is name), a vital link from the Coast to their network of Forts across Northern England.

They could though look forward to Bath Time, just an 8-mile trek down Eskdale to the port of Ravenglass. Here they had established another Fort named Glannoventa complete with a large Hypocaust Bath House.

For those Roman Soldiers it must have been a bleak location….. for us it can still be moody but also dramatically beautiful

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Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th October

(C) David Oakes 2020