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Barnmeen / Image by ryaner

Cracker of a stone. Like the sky in this one too, classic winter. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
21 Jan 20ce

Cronk Howe Mooar / Folklore by Rhiannon

It's not that weird, it's a field with a golf course next to it! But you should definitely visit the Isle of Man, lots to see including a couple of fine castles, an anachronistic public transport system of stream- and electric trains, many-horned sheep and some lovely scenery.

The willow-the-wisp thing is fascinating, I always thought it was a thing (like, a scientifically explainable thing) but now I've looked things up it appears the "science" is actually quite tenuous, which means it must be something weirder, right?

Waffle is good and you being back is better, same to you :)
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19 Jan 20ce

Cronk Howe Mooar / Folklore by Rhiannon

It looks weird and cool there! I've not yet been to the Isle of Man but you've provoked my interest. Bogs are pretty strange places in themselves, aren't they? People used to see will o the wisps on them, and I notice there's mention of lights in this story. I think there's a sort of will o the wisp / fairy crossover thing going on - both being out to trick you off the path. I recently noticed another connection too, that it's long been the status quo that no-one sees either any more (people were saying this 100 years ago). Which you can easily rationalise for fairies (many people, I understand, not believing in them), but with alleged burning gas from a marsh? Seems a bit peculiar. I know we have fewer bogs now but we surely hadn't destroyed so many a century ago? You can read various "explanations" of what the gases were etc but it seems that even now there's no particularly good scientific explanation for the phenomena. If it ever existed. Anyway apologies for waffle and extended absence, happy new year to you. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18 Jan 20ce

Cronk Howe Mooar / Folklore by Rhiannon

Excellent stuff. I can attest to the bogginess, the "footpath" from the north is basically a narrow dyke and ditch. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
18 Jan 20ce

Pen Pumlumon-Fawr / Fieldnotes by GLADMAN

Appreciate the sentiments... although well aware any potential market is not exactly large! The odd, isolated recipient such as yourselves :-) My aunt is a pro historical author so under no illusions there! GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
18 Jan 20ce

The Mull Circle / Image by thesweetcheat

Thanks very much HD. Yes, I got the Arran vibe quite a lot on Man, maybe the similar size and shape of the island plays a part. Also the chambered tombs share some characteristics. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16 Jan 20ce

The Mull Circle / Image by thesweetcheat

Now that is mighty fine. Something very "Arran-ish" about this one to my Arrany eyes. This is a fantastic photograph of what looks like a corker of a site. Very unusual. Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
16 Jan 20ce

Pen Pumlumon-Fawr / Fieldnotes by GLADMAN

I thought this was the book! Great read Posted by costaexpress
16 Jan 20ce

Pen Pumlumon-Fawr / Fieldnotes by GLADMAN

Lovely piece of writing, when is the book coming out? moss Posted by moss
16 Jan 20ce

Carn Liath / Fieldnotes by strathspey

I agree... Lamington Park LC is really something special. I decided to approach along the track starting near the Marybank junction... and had to give up and return in the end. So tried via the reservoir in the afternoon and found it easily!

Trouble then was I couldn't find the reverse route... tried to return to the clearing to take a proper bearing but couldn't locate it again... so eventually took a bearing from where I was and eventually found the road. Lost in the forest..... all alone :-(

So would recommend the reservoir route for Lamington and following an exact bearing to get back.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
12 Jan 20ce

Carn Liath / Fieldnotes by strathspey

The Lamington cairn is crying out for a proper archeological dig. It appears to me very undisturbed.

I also found it very difficult to find. That particular patch of FC forest is very difficult to navigate - although I noted yesterday that harvesting is going on in the area.

strathspey Posted by strathspey
11 Jan 20ce

Carn Liath / Fieldnotes by strathspey

Good way to make a comeback. Really enjoyed Lamington Park last May, by the way. Aside from getting lost. GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Hill / Image by thesweetcheat

I think it's quite possible that these are small-diameter BA cairns that have maybe been added to by visitors/pilgrims over the millenia. I've realised the reason they look so unlike most upland cairns I see in Wales or SW England is because they are conical and show no sign of either robbing or the curse of shelter building. I really like them. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Hill / Image by thesweetcheat

Interesting uploads these. Good to see now what I didn't really notice back then, thanks.

Definitely seems that Man has a small hill cairn with kerb thing going on across the island.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Mooar / Image by thesweetcheat

It is, I'm not 100% about the age of this but it's very similar to the kerbed cairn on nearby Bradda Hill. Quite easy to get to for such great views too. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Hill / Image by thesweetcheat

Thank you, it was really lovely with the heather in bloom. It's a pretty good setting too. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10 Jan 20ce

Bradda Mooar / Image by thesweetcheat

That looks a really dramatic setting, love it spencer Posted by spencer
09 Jan 20ce

Bradda Hill / Image by thesweetcheat

That's really rather excellent tsc, setting, light, sky, colours. ryaner Posted by ryaner
09 Jan 20ce

Hampton Down / Image by texlahoma

Yes agreed, sometimes it's difficult to see anything here, and a lovely bright winter day takes some beating.

Oh great, i hope you like it!
texlahoma Posted by texlahoma
09 Jan 20ce

Wentwood Barrows / Image by postman

"I'm sure that the log is to stop them parking right on top of it."

No. I think the big log is part of a dismantled ramp which they lean planks against and drive their quad bikes, power bikes and four wheel drives over for kicks and giggles.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
08 Jan 20ce

Five Kings / Fieldnotes by postman

Reagarding the Fifth King.

About 250 slightly S of east of the location of the Five Kings there lies a very similar looking stone, on its side , at the edge of the field. It is clearly visible on Google maps at 55.294620, -2.064287

Could this be the fifth King, taken away at some stage for some other purpose and abandoned where it lies?

I've added a photo of it to the Five Kings collection; the other four Kings are just about visible in the small, lightly coloured gap between the trees.
Posted by leanmeanmo
08 Jan 20ce

Hampton Down / Image by texlahoma

Lovely, I really liked this site. I think this is the best time of year for it as the vegetation is low.

Your new album arrived today, coincidentally :)
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
08 Jan 20ce

Tyrebagger / Image by thelonious

That's good to see. LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
07 Jan 20ce

Tyrebagger / Image by thelonious

That is so, so sad. I really do pity those that have no respect for other people. What empty lives. GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
07 Jan 20ce

Ecclesall Woods / News by baza

Useful guide to find the rock art:-
https://youtu.be/hHk0l2lFKTM
Posted by jorvey
06 Jan 20ce
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