Monday, 28 July 2014

Warden Hill (view from the top)

At the top of Warden Hill you can see all around.

Footpath to Warden Hill overgrown with High Summer Foliage

The footpath to Warden Hill was extremely overgrown. It is supposed to be a bridleway, and maybe easier in some parts for a horse to pass, however due to many sections of the path having adverse camber, I think it would be rather tricky for a horse.
Less people seem to be out and about on walks this year, even though walking is supposed to be very popular.

Butterfly on Thistle

This picture shows a small tortoiseshell feeding on the nectar from a thistle flower.

Cookoo Pint (Warden Hill Path)

warden Hill Path flora

On the path to Warden Hill there are many wild raspberry bushes beside the path. At this time of year it is easy to pick and eat them as you go past. Leave some for the birds, and dogs, who also enjoy eating them.

Warden Hill

There is a nice walk from the small hamlet of Warden to the neolithic hill fort of Warden Hill and High Warden.
Download a free map and guide using this click link
At this time of the year there is a tradition of effigies or odd doll like creatures around the Northumberland villages.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Hamsterley Forest

Recently Jeff and I went to Hamsterley Forest for the day.
We had a really good time despite arguing over which trail to take when a logging diversion closed part of the path. The walk was very challenging and both of us could not believe that we had walked such a short distance as it felt like at least twice as long as the map claimed.
These are a couple of creatures we met on the way.

A walker looking rather fatigued.

A Gruffalo, having escaped from a children's storybook.


The trees and flowers are at their summer peak now. These poppies were growing in the park.
There is that high summer smell in the air now of rotting vegetation and the distinctive smell of the plants which grow around here.
Heavy showers, sun and heat are combining to make all the plants, weeds included, grow quickly.

Gallowgate and Pitt Street

There have been so many changes on Gallowgate and Pitt Street recently, the area has been completely transformed.
It is a bit beyond me to do much in the way of documentary. However I do know that already I am feeling like the buildings are closing in on me. This one reminds me of two images, the film "Jaws" about the shark, and the painting "The Scream" by Edvard Munch.

If you want to see for yourself here is the location on

google maps

Friday, 18 July 2014


The Laburnum trees have finished flowering now for this year and have got their seeds pods on, but I did like this photo of the tree that stands at the top of the steps onto Castle Leazes.

Pebbles and stones with moss and lichen

Recently I bought a reconditioned iPhone 4s on ebay, and I have been taking a lot of photos with it.
I have only just worked out how to focus it but it is very handy to just have in the pocket when I go out. The NiKon Coolpix was a bit too big to fit in the pocket.

I liked the idea of getting a secondhand phone as it accorded with my principles about recycling and the enviromnent.

I made this stones series during some free time at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey last month. The 2 stones with holes in were found on a north east beach many years ago, and are supposed to be lucky. I am not sure where I got the 2 pink polished stones from.

Stones in sunlight on wall with lichen.

Stones with flowering mosses.

Stones in crevasse on wall.

After the stones spending the week (during which I was attending Reverend Olwen's retreat) sitting on the windowsill in the room I was staying in, I had decided it would be good for them to stay, but I didn't want to leave them on the wall. I had got quite sentimental about them.
So I eventually decided to leave them in the plant pot outside the Abbot's House.
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