Monthly Archives: August 2012

Holly Blue

I was relaxing in my garden enjoying a rare bit of sunshine when a butterfly fluttered by. It was too small for a white yet not blue enough to be a blue species. It alighted on some heather and I … Continue reading

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The Classic Fairfield Horseshoe

Starting from Ambleside we did the Fairfield Horseshoe taking in Nab Scar                                                                                      1450 ft Heron Pike                                                                                  2003 ft Great Rigg                                                                                   2513 ft Fairfield                                                                                       2863 ft Hart Crag                                                                                    2698 ft Dove Crag                                                                                    2603 ft High Pike                                                                                      2155 ft Low Pike                                                                                       1657 … Continue reading

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Slaidburn reccee

Dunsop Fell and Croasdale I have just done the reccee for the next CHA walk with Les and Chris. Les is due to lead the ‘A ‘party and he said he got the walk from a book he borrowed from … Continue reading

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Broughton in Furness

Sunday 12th August 2012. I was out with my local rambling club, Crosby CHA and we visited Broughton in Furness, a section of Cumbria where I had not walked before. I joined the A/B walk led by Barbara McMorran, a … Continue reading

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Sculptures at Waddesdon Manor.

We visited Waddesdon Manor. Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, the Renaissance style chateau contains many art treasures but we were more interested in the gardens. The Victorian garden with its parterre, fountains and statues is considered to be one … Continue reading

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Bumbling around in Bucks.

I have just returned from a short break in Buckinghamshire. I had no real plans, I was just bumbling around hoping to do some photography and maybe fit in a walk. My first visit was to Coombe Hill which at … Continue reading

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I am back home and its time to get my boots on. We were heading for Longridge in Lancashire. An 8 mile walk over Longridge Fell along moorland paths and forestry trails. My walk description said that some sections can … Continue reading

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The magic of Monochrome

Remember 60 years ago. Colour TV had not been invented and we watched the world in Black and White. I carried this through to my early days in the darkroom where I developed my monochrome printing skills. Even today in … Continue reading

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Sacro Monte of Saint Charles

Carlo Borromeo was born on October 2nd 1538 in the castle that once stood on the Rocca di Arona ( The rock towering above Arona) and was later on destroyed by Napoleon. Carlo died in 1585 and in 1610 he … Continue reading

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A visit to Lake Orta

Just over 10km west of Lake Maggiore lies little Lake Orta. Surrounded by low hills to the south and higher mountains to the north this is a beautiful area and a chance to escape from mass tourism. We were heading … Continue reading

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