Monthly Archives: November 2012

Let’s Head To the Peaks

Let’s Head To The Peaks

Well the exhibition has started at Barnsley Civic, getting some great feedback so thanks to those who have popped in for a look, very much appreciated.

Getting colder now so I thought I’d treat us to a wintery shot from last year though it won’t be long before The Peaks are white again, can’t wait, I have so much to get done this coming month and winter commission shots are being requested so I’ll be doing some early morning rushes out should the weather play fair.

This shot from is from Hordron Edge looking towards Ladybower, a walk up from Cutthroat Bridge, I know its a pretty awful name isn’t it? The bridge takes it’s name from a murder committed some 400 years ago. A man was found with his throat cut, but alive, in Highshaw Clough, but died in Bamford Hall two days later. Do hope you’re not having your dinner!

I’ll try and keep regular updates over  the coming weeks along with my winter pics too.





Portha Y Post – Golden Path

Portha Y Post – Golden Path

Hey at last I have found a little time to update my blog, been so busy lately, the exhibition at Barnsley Civic Hall starts tomorrow with a private viewing tonight, special thanks to Allan at the printers for a great job under pressure, very pleased with the outcome as the results can vary when transferred to canvass as a print solution….yawn yawn I hear! anyway you get the idea.

Weather is positivity peeing down and the wind is getting up, better dig the bad weather gear out for later when I head  out to Mountain Rescue training, saying that we’re in doors doing casualty care so will be nice and warm, especially if I take my hot choccy flask with me…yum and Lisa makes her gorgeous buns, you see its not all running up swamp moors in the snow, wind and rain thats 90 % of it, the rest is


Got my invite to do the Rhosneigr Christmas lights this weekend so weather permitting me and Stormy will be heading down to north Wales and camping overnight, first outing for my new little tent so I can’t wait. Be great to catch up with friends too, it seems ages as we had the van stolen, but lets not dwell on that one, it’s sorted now.


Piccy for the Chronicle tomorrow morning re the exhibition, if you can find time I’d love for people to let me know what they think, it runs 22nd Nov until 4th Jan 2013, if you’re going I’ll shout you a coffee..




AutumnView and Bleaklow Remembrance Service

Autumn View

A beautiful view from Black Clough looking out towards Pikenaze Moor with a beautiful splash of autumn colour especially in the valley, the trees are turning the most beautiful of shades and when the light is right this season can’t be bettered .

Had a great weekend, finally sorted our new caravan out on Saturday, the order is placed and we’ll be getting it in February 2013 and yesterday I took Stormy on a long walk and met up with other team members from Woodhead MRT and we walked up from Glossop Low to the B 29 crash site on Bleaklow for a small service of remembrance, very moving  and also humbling to be there, great company and great friend to be with. Don’t think anyone will mind in fact they will all be proud I’m sure of  me posting this picture of the team plus honoury dog Stormy doing her Paul McCartney pose, the weather was claggy but the spirits were high and we enjoyed a very nice Sunday walk afterwards down past another crash site of a Blenheim bomber  and then made our way down stopping to enjoy the spectacular views of our Peak District.

Black Rock

Black Rocks

Another from my walk up Blacks on Tuesday, The stream foam has started turning to ice and the Autumn leaves are falling all around. I love the detail in the foreground rocks and the lusciousness  of the greenery covering the banks. will be back again as the seasons change.

Went to the Docs again yesterday, now on antibiotics for pneumonia! yeah I thought that too, should I be up and about on e wonders. Certainly not shifting so hope these do the trick as I have a busy weekend starting.

The insurance finally came through and we have ordered a new caravan, must admit all 3 companies involved in our loss have been excellent in their support and speed at resolution, can’t thanks them enough, Jo has and is so upset about the whole incident, but I’m pleased now we have sorted it all out, means the book will be back on early next year and plenty of trips to get booked.


Hoping you all have a great weekend



Autumn in The Blacks

Autumn in The Blacks

Very windy today and I’m in my third week of chest infection, “the humour has gone out of it now!” to coin a phrase. I came across some interesting reading earlier regarding the flu jab and the number of people that have developed ASTHMA, CHEST INFECTION, FEVERS etc etc you name are astonishing. I would have been better off with flu which would have gone by now. won’t have it next year for sure.

Autumn in The Blacks, what a wonderful walk along the stream with golden leaves floating past and blowing in the wind, yes there’s a song there somewhere! bet its not like that today, be lucky if there are any left on the trees to photograph, just goes to show when you get the chance poorly or not you gotta take it.

2nd full week now with no gym training, can’t believe I have gone this long with out, haven’t missed more than a day or 2 in 10 years, even when on hols I always find a gym, its my drug of choice, seems to do less harm than smoking and drinking and Ive made some great friends over the years. Luckily my training partner Marky Mark is poorly too so I’m pleased about that! all heart me you know.

Trip to printers later to check on canvasses for Civic exhibition and a biggy to get ready for a mate, a freebie but he’s done me a load of favours in the past and thats how we roll, mates look after mates.


On a slightly more serious note if you could find it in your heart to buy a few Christmas presents this year from HERE, you’ll be doing Woodhead Mountain Rescue a huge favour in raising funds to help continue our great work and help with training and equipment, it really is a life saving cause so please do whatever you can afford to please.


Black Clough

Black Clough

Had a lovely walk out yesterday afternoon with Stormy and some great company Gordon and Buster the blonde GSD. The sun was so bright that without filters we struggled to get much above land height balanced with the Clough, winter has started to take away the Autumn colours now although some remnants remain, I’ll post later.

The foam pooling in the stream had started to turn to ice and created beautiful shapes with golden leaves captured like winter jewels….too much poetry like?,  yeah I thought so to, stick to the pictures then, but you get the idea.


The walk was quite treacherous , the banks very slippy and having a manic husky fastened to you doesn’t help, she pulled me all the up and all the way down stumbling and skidding in the boggy bank moss.

Pictures all sorted for the Barnsley Civic exhibition, just need to take to the printers later today and leave for the canvasses creating.