Moody Monday…… The Birch on the Moor

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Followers will know of my love of Silver Birch.  This stand of Birch on the heights and open windswept expanse of Stanton Moor were most definitely one of my favourites.  Sadly when we visited a week ago, the Birch were gone.  In the early spring, it lost one of its multi trunks in those storms that past swiftly across the moor. The remaining  trunks failed to stand the pressures of  the September gales.

No longer will this iconic landmark grace the horizon of  the Moor.

Please Remember ….

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

19th 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

Moody Monday……

Glen Lui

Luibeg, from Derry Lodge, Glen Lui.

Moody Monday, seems to be, a description that fits many a Monday.  Nor is it always moody because of the weather….just the starting point of another week, which even if you are not working seems to have a routine mapped out for you.  But sometimes it is weather related.

I do believe it was a Monday, a very wet Monday when we walked up Glen Lui, in the Mar Forest, near Braemar, Scotland.  But even on a day of relentless rain there was a bright shaft of light as the sun tried but eventually failed to break through. tried

Please Remember ….

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

28th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Moody Monday….. The Peace will soon be Shattered

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A Red Stag looking in prime condition, and for the moment, peacefully grazing the vegetation.  He will also be rubbing his antlers on the branches to scent mark his territory.

I say peacefully,  this time next month, if not sooner, he will be tilting his head back (like above) and sending a dramatic roar across his territory.  The roar is known as Bolving, once heard never forgotten.  It is the seasonal sign that the rutting season is upon us.

 

Please Remember ….

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

14th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday…… it was just another wet day!

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Glenfinnan Memorial, Loch Shiel, Western Highlands
I have driven to, and past, this Memorial Tower many times,  each time I think it has rained …. and a good deal worse, than on this particular occasion. 
The Memorial is built to commemorate all those who took part in the Jacobite Rising. 
It was here, in 1745, that Prince Charles Edward Stuart symbolically raised his standard on the shore of Loch Shiel. It is also here that many of his followers had gathered for the start of his campaign.
The Prince declared his claim to the British Throne. Enthusiastic and faithful as his followers were, it all ended very badly at the very Bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. 
The Memorial Tower was erected in 1815.  On the very top of the  60ft tower, stands a statue of  Bonnie Prince Charlie, gazing down the Loch to the Isle beyond  (on a clear day of course).

If you visit, and a climb to the top of the tower is well worth it, I do hope you have better luck with the weather.  Even if it is no better, it is still an evocative place, an important place in Scottish History

Please Remember ….

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

24th August

(C) David Oakes 2020