Squeaks, repeated cold nose poking and vigorous wagging – bang, bang, bang – that rocks the bed. That is how I get woken up in the morning. It is either potty or hunger that wakes her up. Depending on how much the need is, I can delay it about 30 min, by lifting up the duvet, because she does like a cuddle and a lie in 🙂
This is our friend, Mick, who were showing us around BsAs. Looking out from the train at the city going past. Where he is really at home, a true Porteños*. He took us to this wonderful place, Cafe Tortoni.
*/ Someone who comes from the port city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
These red things are becoming a endangered feature in the UK landscape. This one was taken in “downtown” Mangersta on Isle of Lewis. As you can see them there Victorians knew how to make things, as the house has pretty much fallen down, yet the phone box still stands. Question is, does it still work?
I took this because of the podcast from BBC World Service, BBC World Update, Daily Commute : The Sunday Feature: Britain’s vanishing phone boxes, the Beep don’t have it online anymore but if you dig around I’m sure you can find it.
This commemorate the 20th century land raids by the Reef Raiders.
One such town to be cleared was Reef (in Gaelic, Riof) in the Uig region of the Isle of Lewis. Here in 1848-9 186 men, women and children were summarily evicted by their landlord and forced to crowd in amongst their neighbours in the villages of Valtos and Kneep.
Not sure where, but we stopped north of Fort William to look at the mountains, this should be where Ben is hiding.
Sadly my trusty Sony F707 camera is falling apart, so I don’t dare to take it out that much anymore. But it is still a joy to use and shoot some great infrared photos.
Eilean Donan Castle just works so well in IR, lucky I remembered to bring it with and the weather was spot on for it too.
Now a history lesson and a break from the fog. Though I do not know what it teaches you, other than these holes in this stone is about 5000 years old. Is it a game, tool or ?
At the bottom of Embsay Crag, rather foggy ain’t it?
I know, I know, but it looks great and I could not figure out which one was the best, so therefore two 🙂
Where we live the fog like to linger around. Just outside the valley it will be blue skies and warm, whereas we will be putting on the extra layers.
We went up to Stickle Tarn a few months ago and sadly didn’t have it in us to “put a man on the summit” as we call it. Well, we had to spare Tilley and me, there is only so much we can do atm. So while we were having a picnic we saw this fella do it for us. Even with the clouds, I’m sure his view from up there was worth it.
The Craven Arms in Appletreewick are so kind to have a place to rest your weary feet after a long walk on the Dales way. Oh and good ales too 🙂
Man and his pony awaiting the results, he was constantly fiddling with the reins, must have been nerves.
Sit back and get ready you are about to get rammed – see what I did there – by a few photos from this years Gargrave Show.
If you can’t wait and want more, here’s a clicky …
This nose belongs to one of the few foster dogs, we had over the last half a year. I manage to snap this one while he was sunning himself in the back yard. Between chewing my shoe or digging up our plant pots. Click over here to read about our other foster dogs.
A local back street, not hard to see how it looked way back when.
I found another photo that I took in Bannack, Montana an old ghost town with wifi 🙂
Certainly pancake rocks – ever so yummy – though this lot has been around in Punakaiki in New Zealand for a few million years so probably not edible.
While in Portland we had the chance to go and see Cycle Cross race or two. It looked mad, crazy and like utter mayhem.
Everything that you can add to a bike ride to make it as hard as possible jumps, steep as f**k hills, grass, tight corners and steps etc. And this was all done for the “fun” of it, I have heard that it is more enjoyable when it is dark, raining, muddy and bloddy freezing. If you don’t come home with something broken on you or your bike and covered in an inch of mud, cuts and blood – it has not been a good day.
So when can we have a go?
I really like a bit of graffiti they often make me laugh or are just beautifully painted and then there is the ones that makes you go – eh? This one was spotted walking around in Melbourne, great bit of the world to walk around to look at graffiti.
We arrived into Tasmania amidst of one of the worst bush fires in living memory. You hear and read about it but you really don’t know how bad it is until you see it. The total randomness of the fire – one house, tree or car gone to the ground and right next to it there is a house, tree or car totally unscathed bar a bit of ash.
Our hearts and thoughts goes out to the families who suffered, please donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fond who are working hard to help.
Walking in sand is great fun, great work out – but doesn’t it just get anywhere. Many years ago I was on Frazer Island, Australia, worlds longest sand dune. Even with being very careful I got sand in my little point and shoot. Even after many attempts of cleaning it I still found sand in 3-4 years later.
The second of the sandy series. Just simple lines of the different shades of sand.
The next few photos are taking on the south island of New Zealand not many miles from the Farewell Spit. This one is the result of the wind playing with the sand.
Old school in Bannack, Montana and some of the rules for the teachers were …
You will not marry during the term of your contract
You are not to keep company with men
You must be home between the hours of 8pm and 6am unless attending school functions
You may not under any circumstance dye your hair
Your dress may not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle
You may not dress in bright colors
In the future will we be using our iPads and Kindles for wallpaper or to wrap our fish and chips in them?
We visited Bannack, Montana a ghost town. Great place to visit and the nearby campsite had free wifi, which must make the ghostly inhabitants of Bannack the most technology advanced in the whole spiritual world.
A tall stone monument now serves as a memorial to all those who perished in Mount Cook National Park. A very sombre place to visit, at least we know that they died while doing something they love.
We stayed at the DoC and could hear the glacier “rumble” in the night.
This red shoe belonged to a musician who played some great folk music in Salamander market in Hobart, Tasmania.
Early morning sun in Kalaloch Forest Camp ground.
Just a few miles down the road from where the Twilight series was filmed, you nearly expected to spot werewolves running amongst the trees. The only thing we saw was people dressed up as characters out of the films, with t-shirts saying “we love – insert favourite person from the films name here” and best of all the local motel had a sign outside saying “Dr. Cullen did not stay here”.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish I think I can hear it say as it jumped past us.
This reminded me of a church in the UK which had an advertising campaign on quite a few billboards in London. One of them asked “If you could ask God one thing, what would that be?” And someone had written on the poster: “Dinosaurs?”
While camping on San Juan island we were lucky to see two pods of Orcas swim by in the Haro Strait. We also spotted this group of whale watchers keeping an eye out for them too. If you look carefully you can see the fins of two killer whales. Sadly they didn’t get closer to the shore, but still it was pretty amazing to see around 50 in total swim past.
It’s the time of the year where the spiders comes out, caught this one in the sun the other morning.
This is a view from the Oakland side of the bay area of the fog rolling in from the ocean over the Golden Gate Bridge.
This man sat in the very beautiful art deco Union Station in Los Angeles.
She painted her face very simple but still very striking, went from a young lady to a serious clown in a minute.
We have been accepted into Lucy’s fan club. A wonderful dog that got our friend running around in circles and buying new toys all the time.
This was decorating the subway station under Hollywood Boulevard. I wonder what they are going to use in the future, hard disk?
Along the Pacific Coast we spotted on all the beaches drift wood. I should have stopped more often to take some photos, but it was rather wet very often so I didn’t fancy taking out my camera.
This is probably my favourite director of all time. Every time I watch one of his films I get sucked in, the music, acting, etc makers it hard for me to turn away. This photo was taken in honour of my great friend MWP, thanks for the laugh, smiles and good times, may there be many more to come.
Peli at Cape Lookout enjoying free camping, State Park Day, and a good sunset after two rather wet days in the saddle on the Oregon Coast.
On 4th of July I spotted this group of friends playing cards, I wonder if this was a good hand?
This fella just sat there on the pier in Santa Crux, California. Though when a tourist got a wee bit close it would open its massive beak.
Sad sight, a volcano damaged house, but a wake up call on how fierce Mother Nature can be.
What we are cycling on in Chile and Argentina
We had few frosty nights in Villa O’Higgins in Chile. The Hilleberg Kaitum 3GT and our down mats plus down sleeping bags managed well in the cold. 3c inside the tent doing the night.
What is left of the fire, be careful in that wind and with your fires, it took only 15min to get to the top of this hill for the fire and all is gone and will takes years to be back to normal
Many of the Estansias (farms) we went past on Tierra del Feugo were pretty much ghost towns.
We kept finding bones from the dead Guanaco where ever we wild camped in Chile and Argentina on Tierra del Feugo.