Thursday, 14 July 2011

Brenda's Butty Bar

Oldmortality look away now
It stopped flapping after I "Tazered" it ! only joking you've got to know the "whistle" With 'appen the last day of sunshine forcast for the next few days Brenda and myself decided on a picnic at Bleasdale Stone Circle
Calling in at Booths of Clitheroe for some whole wheat, grain sticks, Yorkshire honey roast ham, watercress, white onion, cherry vine tomatoes and a bottle of 2007 Californian Zinfandel then through Chipping into Bleasdale to park by the church
followed the track along towards the circle and it was soon Cleg slapping time again
I wonder if the eyes are like finger prints and all different ?
At the circle it was a glass of wine each to toast our wedding anniversary

the Bear collected a bag of fircones for weather forcasting and to burn in the Hobo stove collection, as fuel
the Clegs were still a pain I bet they'd spoil a bivy and they certainly favoured me ! over Brenda ?
Brenda's (who's 70 next ! shh!) wearing a New Zealand Jade pendant
the back has a thumb sized hollow to make it a "touch" stone
which I had an e-mail from an Al Brown, Blacksmith and Jade Carver ( ) asking if there was any chance of a swap for some Moughton Whetstone I sent a parcel over saying I was short of an Awl, and surprize me, He certainly did as along with the above pendant came a work of art Awl with a note :-
Danny, this Awl is made from a small piece of Damascus steel and a piece of 8” rats tail Nicholson file. The Damascus was made by Brian Macdonald; a Scottish Smith who lived in NZ for years- he moved back to UK to work for Historic Places Trust on Hadrian's Wall restoration, He passed away 2 years ago (RIP Brian) the file shaft is embedded 1” into the handle, a square shank driven into a round hole whilst the handle was red hot. The file was then cut down and formed, reheated and tempered @ 200*C for 1 hour -----------
Should last you out Danny --- !!
I made a container from some 22mm copper pipe and an end cap with a 1/2 penny soldered on for the base and a counter sunk cork pushed down the tube to protect the Awl point which fits through a reel of saddlers thread with the cardboard ends removed and a couple of needles fit in, with-it with room to spare. The Awl is 3 and 3/4" long

I'm sure I had the better end of the deal but here's sone of Al's work

and his card though this is not the e-mail I used (see above)
Right advertising over though the man is a Craftsman ! It was back to the van at the church and Brenda set up her Butty Bar
while I brewed up a Lavazza drip coffee
 and this is what happened to a Cleg that tried to land on my leg - it ended up Belly Up !

It was then a look round the church yard
and if Oldmortality thinks Butterflies are hard try Swallows flying in and out the tower

the grounds were immaculate though there were wild flowers
and lots of blackberry flowering on the outside walls

but a sign of the times the benches were chained down, even out here in the middle of nowhere !
 A final view of Brenda leaving the Lych gate
just thought I'd share cheers all Danny

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Weston Moor today 12-7-11

Parked right by the footpath stile, which was handy
and had a look at the first cup and ring stone at 001
looks like an Owl
while here I spotted this stone in the fields below
there's a definite cup mark
it was then back past 001 and around the wood to 003
self portrait
time for a snack, just the crust here,- home made bread, cornd beef, onion, watercress and mustard
I then drove to park by the under ground reservoir on the water board track see

passed a few of these on the way into the wood
through the wood and looking back
went to the end of Lippersley Ridge
where's the wind had been quite warm in the wood it was cold on the moor, it made a great shelter for dinner
finished the corned beef off and the wine was a 2006 Spanish Berberana, which I'd buy again Cheers All
the view from the cairn
and back over the wood to Menwith spy base
It was back down to the wood and back into a warm wind, the wood is quite open for a change
with lots of flowers
and quite a few of these
you've got to know how to whistle them Oldmortality !
cheers again all, Danny