Appreciating Squirrels

Apparently it’s Squirrel Appreciation Day today. Who knew? As someone who does very much appreciate squirrels, I feel compelled to mark the day. We’re fortunate to live in a part of the UK that still has a population of native red squirrels, and there is a lot of activity in the area aimed at ensuring … Continue reading Appreciating Squirrels

December Landscape: Winter Light

For me, December has been a month of short days, beautiful low afternoon light, and spectacular sunsets. I find the days of late autumn can be quite gloomy and oppressive, especially here in the north of England, where it starts to go dark in early afternoon on overcast days. This year, however, we’ve been lucky … Continue reading December Landscape: Winter Light

A walk from Alnham

A couple of weeks ago, we bought a new book of local walks, Walking the Old Tracks of the Cheviots, published by Coquetdale Community Archaeology. It's slightly unusual, in that all of the walks take in historic or archaeological sites. We've been keen to try some of the routes, but frustratingly the weather has been wet … Continue reading A walk from Alnham

November Landscape: Mist and Sheep

We have had a few bright days this month, but on the whole it’s been a grey, damp, misty November.  The forecast for the next few days is for more of the same, so I decided that this photograph summed up November for me. I can’t decide whether the sheep looks fed up, or just … Continue reading November Landscape: Mist and Sheep

October Landscape: The Drakestone

Autumn colour has really taken hold of the landscape now that we’re nearing the end of October. The bracken in particular is looking gorgeous, especially against a blue sky. The weather has been mixed lately, so I was fortunate to get a beautifully sunny day to walk up to the Drakestone from the village of … Continue reading October Landscape: The Drakestone

August Landscape: Sheep and Hills

August has seen an end to the hot dry weather, and the landscape is starting to look much greener again. We’ve also seen some beautiful skies, with big dramatic clouds. This puffy formation over Simonside was a particular favourite. There’s a definite feeling of changing seasons in the air. The nights are drawing in noticably … Continue reading August Landscape: Sheep and Hills

April Landscape: The End of the Day

I usually try to pick a photograph that sums up the month, but this April has seen such dramatic changes in the landscape that it feels impossible to represent it in one image. Instead, I’ve chosen this beautiful, dramatic bank of cloud, which is reflecting the colour of the setting sun. It also features one … Continue reading April Landscape: The End of the Day

Around Alwinton

Finally, some sunshine. It seems to have been grey and wet so often over the past fews weeks. Winter has been slow to release its grip this year, but finally it looks as though we’ve seen the back of it. To celebrate, we headed off for a walk around the village of Alwinton, a little … Continue reading Around Alwinton

Snowed In

Well, that’ll teach me to talk about signs of spring. Since my last post, it has snowed every day. Sometimes all day. Our village, indeed the whole of Upper Coquetdale, is now pretty much cut off from the outside world. Roads are closed across the county, including the A1, the main north/south road. Luckily we … Continue reading Snowed In