Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Category: Roseberry Topping

  • Roseberry Rainbow

    Roseberry Rainbow

    Moments after being caught in a shower. The rainbow was a complete semi-circle but the camera lens was not wide enough to fit it all in. One of those magic moments. A rainbow at night, Fair weather in sight. A rainbow at morn, Fair weather all gorn. Ok, not the best of poems and seemingly…

  • Roseberry from the old railway at Bank Foot

    Roseberry from the old railway at Bank Foot

    An afternoon stroll along the course of the old mineral railway to Rosedale. Storm Erik has been and gone, leaving a cloudless sky. Super views of Roseberry in the distance. Just realised I didn’t get a Model Release Form. Hope I don’t get sued. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Permissive Footpath, Newton Wood

    Permissive Footpath, Newton Wood

    I know this is not the most architecturally significant structure but it will soon be gone so I’ve taken this photo for posterity. Work started this week on upgrading the permissive footpath running along the bottom of Newton Wood. The two sections of wooden boardwalk, which at least twenty-one years old, will be replaced by…

  • A morning jog in the snow is so exhilarating

    A morning jog in the snow is so exhilarating

    And following from yesterday’s pagan festival of Imbolc, today is 40 days after Christmas so it must be Candlemas, the Christian Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I don’t pretend to understand what that means but content with the quip that it is by now light enough to rise, pray and start…

  • And so into February

    And so into February

    The shortest month of the year, February takes its name from a Roman festival called “Februa” where the city was purified and evil spirits banished. The first day of the month happens to be the halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, qualifying it as the beginning of spring and the start of…

  • Your friendly neighbourhood Robin

    Your friendly neighbourhood Robin

    Working in the shade of Roseberry, where the frost persisted all day. Two years ago, almost to the day, we planted a new hedge along the north-western boundary of Roseberry Common. Some of those saplings have failed to thrive and so the task today for the National Trust volunteers was to fill in the gaps.…

  • Roseberry Well

    Roseberry Well

    I’ve been saving this for a rainy day. For when the clag’s down. And the wind is whipping up the snowflakes. This small damp gash in the hillside is likely to be the Roseberry Well where a young prince was said to have drowned. Nowadays no water flows from the spring and the crevice acts…

  • Roseberry Common

    Roseberry Common

    A glorious morning on Roseberry. The light overnight snow has highlighted the scars left by 19th century jet mining. The spoil still sterile after all these years. The hard black fossil of the Monkey Puzzle tree has been prized for jewellery since the Bronze Age but it was made fashionable by Queen Victoria after the…

  • Today is St. Thomas’s Day

    Today is St. Thomas’s Day

    Or is it? The great god Wikipedia says is 21st December, tomorrow. But Rev. J. C. Atkinson in his 1858 tome “Forty Years in a Moorland Parish” writes that it is the 20th December. I am more inclined to believe the Reverend. An old-fashioned book sitting on my shelf has more authenticity. Whatever the day…

  • The first frost of the year

    The first frost of the year

    No temptation to hurkle-durkle this morning, a clear sky this dawn promised a good sunrise. Maybe Jack Frost had visited but there was no evidence of his telltale fern-like patterns on the windows. Or maybe nowadays he just avoids double glazed windows. But a thin layer of ice crystals did cover the grass and fallen…