The new Baltic state…

When I say Baltic i mean it, an icy blast has hit the uplands, it’s f f f freezing. the wind chill must add-on a further minus ten, not good for those outdoor activities that require checking under tha snow cover with your hands. needless to say, once the trip to the agri merchant was completed this morning, the task was go and check on the mole traps, if I could find them!!!

but before that, a little bit of the journey this morning. would you believe , the council was caught out by this long forecast cold snap!! not a single road gritted or plough sighted. that’s not just out in the sticks, I’m talking about all the way to town? you can just imagine the chaos this morning with all those useless cars and their drivers..

onwards…. the walk out..

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the strong wind has seen the drifts start to form, there something about drifting snow that catches your eye. It’s nature free form paint brush, these are just diddy ones, big ones can be folded with a lovely blue hue to them, fascinating.

on looking up, this nasty black cloud was bearing down at an immense speed..

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the blue sky being replaced rapidly with heavy snow

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so as we (that’s me and paige) where close to the old farmstead,  a hasty retreat was beaten to the only building with a partial tin roof.

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inside was nowhere near enough shelter, this birds nest was tucked above lintel of the low door, it must be cosy for them.

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I have no idea when this place was abandoned  by humans, but the sheep still visit on a regular basis

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and it was lived in, there is a netty or dunny or little room or whatever you want to call it, this ones called the “long drop”

http://www.geolocation.ws/v/E/3210515/the-long-drop-netty-at-low-roses-bower/en

as for the arrow slit, well the place isn’t that old, just look at that lambing storm raging outside, bwahh,,!!

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that’s kind of what the weather did all day, bleach down with snow then bright sunshine but all the time with the freeze dry wind.

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by the time we got around our route the gathering crowds had a vested interest in the bag on my back, pity it only contained my gear and not food.

they must have sensed the food coming, as a touch further around, lewis turned up on the quad and started feeding the sheep.

this shot was taken with my phone held behind my head while walking forward, I had no idea if it would come out or if I could get the train of sheep following me.  think it turned out fine, even got the two-thirds rule, level and framed fine and I didn’t even look.

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ah spotted, the last trap to check….

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then back home to split logs for the fire…

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Red squirrel conservation

The Northumbrian

more scribbles later…TTFN…Posted from WordPress for Android

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  1. Great blog Steve and nice to see you folks are sharing in some of the icy blasts that we have had the past month although Spring has been with us for the past few days (10 degrees today)

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    • lucky you Jen, it’s been pure Baltic here. wish it was 10 degrees here, not minus 10

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