Category Archives: Fantasy

The Dinosaur of Hall's Fell

Up the Dinosaur’s Back to Blencathra.

Yesterday Fiona and I went up the Dinosaur’s Back, known to Ordinance Survey as Hall’s Fell ridge. There are in fact a number of dinosaur backs up to Blencathra. Though not the pointiest, I think this is the longest stretch of proper dinosaur and a fine and entertaining climb. Unless they ever wake up….

The Dinosaur of Hall's Fell

The Dinosaur of Hall’s Fell

 

The Secret Swimmer

Underwater: undercover

I know a certain lady fond of dipping. I would not be surprised if she had swum, summer and winter, in half the rivers and lakes in Somerset. How she gets about to them all is a wonder, not least the question of how she finds them all out in the first place. So I began to wonder if she might have a job involving a lot of local travel, perhaps a sales rep or similar, and drove around the county enthusiastically leaping out of her car, flinging off her clothes and joyously slipping into the local waterways en route to her appointments. I imagined her in a sharp suit, briefcase of sample books in one hand, surreptitiously dripping pond water , with waterlilies in her hair. Though of course she could simply be a secret agent…

The Secret Swimmer

The Secret Swimmer

The cats were beginning to melt

And the cats were beginning to melt…

Tony and the cats were enjoying the log burner.  I’m not saying it was hot in there, but the cats were beginning to melt…

The cats were beginning to melt

The cats were beginning to melt

Please note that no cats were in fact melted in the process of making this drawing.

The Octopuss

The Octopuss, 28th July

The Octopuss….

There have been rather few cat-of-the-day postings lately, this is because there have been few cats around: it’s too hot and they are lurking outside somewhere rather than posing for me. I have been doing a lot of outdoor swimming though, so I thought I would introduce you to one of the more unusual sights you may see if you venture to swim outside. Small ones are not too much of a problem but woe betide the reckless diver who ventures to the depths (this is of course why I only swim and do not do diving…)

The Octopuss

The Octopuss

A swim down the River Sowy 2

A surprising tail, 15th July

A swim down the River Sowy

A swim down the River Sowy

The Environment Agency is beginning flood-relief work on the River Sowy, and other water-related levels stuff. I know this because we surprised them at it. I may have slightly made up a few things in this picture: there were workmen and diggers by the time we left, but I think we hid our tails better than this. Also, nobody actually had long hair or was actually properly naked, but that’s what artistic licence is for….

Couldn’t quite decide on colour or no-colour….

A swim down the River Sowy 2

A swim down the River Sowy 2