Sunday, 7 August 2011


 Acknowledging historic damage can be an important part of social history...

...but thoughtless temporary fixings are not.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Carrock Fell, Cumbria

Images from Google Earth and and survey by Collingwood 1937.  Site of an Iron Age hillfort.  It is believed that it was never occupied as a settlement.  At 640m it must be the highest hillfort in the country.  Apart from the boundary embankments which are massive and made from massive stones there are few distinguishable features.  There are some ridges and dips but these are hard to make any sense of because of the extent of moss and peat.  It's a 450m climb from the valley but only about 1.5km distance from the road.  The valley is covered with fallen boulders, many as big as a van and some the size of houses.  Appropriately it's named 'Apronful of Stones' and it's a well known place for climbers to practice bouldering.

The effect of frost on stone

These naturally cleft rocks are at the top of Carrock Fell.  They look like they could be jemmied back into place, with a bit of effort, like a giant geological jigsaw puzzle.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


I like just about everything about this. The black and white checkers along the top look like part of a film strip, like it's a small clip from a road movie. The dots on the arrow and letters are 'cats eyes' so they reflect the headlights. I can imagine the driver of an Austin 7 squinting through his rain soaked windscreen at the faint shine of the numbers.  I don't often wish this, but I hope it's listed.

Monday, 14 February 2011

You can hide a house behind a tree

Appropriate signage

Has this been recognised yet for its historic value?
Brougham Castle, Penrith.