Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Winter arrives

This was last Monday. The first snow of the winter.

The standing stone has an umbrella of a large beech tree.

The overwintering sheep may well have been puzzled by it all!

Three days later, and it's all change again. Rain, high winds. The foreground is the garden. In the background is the River Annan.

The 'flood plain' is now a real lake. Indeed, when I came in this afternooon water was beginning to cover the approaches to the Jocksthorn Bridge.

Here's an unusual view of Skip. The white blob in the background is the cottage, and in front of that is the north facing slope of the garden. In the foreground is a flooded field, complete with waves! Now if the cold weather was to return I would have my own local curling venue. Grand Match anyone?

Photos © Skip Cottage

Monday, December 05, 2011

Rallying Past Skip Cottage

Not a lot happens, usually, on a Sunday morning at Skip. Yesterday morning was a bit different. The little back road that passes the cottage echoed to the sound of historic rally cars as the Roger Albert Clark Rally visited Wamphray on the way between the special forest stages.

I have to say that I watched most of the cars passing from the kitchen window, but I did venture outside to capture the occasion.

It got a bit dark as a shower moved in. Perhaps I can say that the visitors were not seeing the Parish at its best. Great to see classics out in rally mode! The list of entries is here.

This is Peter Smith of Driffield in his Escort Mark 1 coming up through the beech trees from Newton Wamphray village.

Actually, this road is the line of a Roman Road which came north from Carlisle. I wonder what the legionnaires might make of all this. They say that, on a cold dark night, you can hear the tramp of their feet. Presumably these ghostly sounds will have been swept away now by yesterday morning's activities!

Tim Pearcey of Harrogate with his RS 1800 passing the standing stone at Skip.

It was quickly back inside to a warm fire when it started sleeting! Great fun though. This was the last day of the rally. You can read all the reports here.

Photos © Skip Cottage