Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hilltop snow

Following a few cold winters this one, so far, has been mild and wet.  The north-east of England has missed the torrential rain of the south and west but even here mud and dampness are the order of things.  Occasionally … Continue reading

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Under the Mistletoe

One of the distinctive features of a winter walk in Normandy is the scatter of tall trees bearing green clumps of mistletoe.  This parasitic plant does produce some of its own food with its green fleshy leaves but gets minerals … Continue reading

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Eskdale Clouds

Occasionally there is a day around Christmas when it is worth getting out, although this year they have been very few and far between.  We did manage a relatively short wander in Eskdale (Cumbria) up to Blea Tarn above Boot.  … Continue reading

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