Sunday, 31 October 2010

Acharacle, First impressions

What a beautiful area to visit,
After a 10 hour drive with stops for dog to exercise and to stock up with supplies at Fort William, we finally arrived at Acharacle, unpacked and then had a chance to stop and look out of the window to see this stunning moon rise.

oh yes this was going to be a good week!
Not much light left to see anything else outside, we had to wait for Sunday before we could get out and explore the area a bit more.
Half past seven the following morning dog woke me up time for breakfast, although I ignored the clock that had told me it was that time and decided that the one that read four thirty was in fact the correct time, as it was still dark, not like at home when I would have been outside photographing the sunrise! So back to bed having let the dog out unfed, she wouldn't let me settle and the birds were just starting to call too, so back out of bed I got, fed dog and bleary eyed opened the door again to let her outside, this time the light was just starting to break through, so I grabbed my camera and put on some shoes and outside I went to enjoy sunrise in Acharacle.

It was a beautiful crisp cold misty morning, so as I was still in my dressing gown I returned to the comfort of the house and waited for the mist to lift!
And it did so back outside I went..

As I was still wearing my dressing gown at this time I didn't think I should venture any further than the garden. One thing had become evident, it may be a quiet remote area of Scotland, but it was much busier than my home, cars passed by the house regularly and I had to time the photographs between the traffic and the pedestrians who were also enjoying the wonderful weather, I had several people apologise when they saw me there waiting for them to walk by, and did I mention I was still in my dressing gown! The light was constantly changing and I wasn't going to miss the chance to capture the views while I got dressed, It's a holiday after all!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Beresford, Wolfscote and Biggin Dale

We don't get to Derbyshire as often as we would like, these busy lives we lead! so as we had a free day yesterday we made the most of it and headed out to the glorious Derbyshire Dales.
We started our walk from the popular village of Hartington.
Walking through a couple of fields with grazing cattle, the path leads down to the picturesque Beresford Dale,

One of a few small weirs to be found along the dale

The first half of Beresford Dale is a rocky and enclosed dale with the pretty River Dove flowing through it, but after crossing this bridge the dale widens allowing more light in so the occasional splash of colour creeps in too such as this Meadow Cranesbill

walking past another bridge, which crosses over the River Dove, we passed through a small gate way into Wolfscote Dale.

 looking back



 Herb Robert



We walked along Wolfscote Dale, a steep sided valley with the pretty River Dove flowing through with it's series of small weirs, until arrived at the meeting of three dales, choice of continuing along the River to Dove Dale, a definite no as Dove Dale is far too busy, so we opted for the round route a much quieter walk along the picturesque Biggin Dale.

then along this green lane to the road. 

 There was absolutely no way our dog would get up these so it was then down the road back to Hartington

Thursday, 14 October 2010

More Common Views

I just can't resist the walking on the common now, and unlike last year the ground isn't churned up by the cattle as it was a much drier summer, so much easier to walk!
I went for a 'quick' walk across the common again yesterday well that was the plan, it ended up being a walk all the way round the common, a wonderful hour totally absorbed!
During that hour I watched, dragonflies basking in the sun and dancing butterflies. Pipits, snipe and pheasant lifted startled into the air, and I caught a wonderful glimpse of a fox furtively moving away through the trees.
Here are some of my captured memories!

         this believe it or not is the brook, can't see any water in it but dog goes for a dip in it every time

                                                                       startled pheasant!

Monday, 11 October 2010

all of this on my doorstep

This morning I posted a photo on my garden gate blog declaring what a lovely start to the day!
Well the day just kept getting better!
We have enjoyed the company of a herd of cows which have been happily grazing the common in front of our house since the Spring. I am not a great fan of cattle and although I am quite happy to see them when they are the other side of a fence I would not consider going on the common to walk my dog by myself.
This morning the farmer took all the cattle away, so this afternoon I made the most of the beautiful weather and a cattle free common.
It was wonderful to get back there!
Common Darter ( I think)

Southern Hawker


Small Coppers

The Common  - anything could be hiding in there, and indeed a little later I startled a hare, and it in turn startled me so I didn't get a photo of it, sorry!

This grey squirrel, I wouldn't have noticed it if it wasn't being so noisy