one day at a time…
Wednesday 10 September 2003

Pix Of The Day: Prosaic Sheep & Tragic Aircraft
CREDITS: © Dave Newton/Daves-Lakeland-Mountains.co.uk
Andrew Leaney/Leaney.org    MAP: Great Carrs (and detail).
When clicked, thumbnails popup enlarged versions of the images.

Humble Sheep © Dave NewtonIf yesterday's item on the 'Monarch Of The Glen' was about the poetry of the magnificent wild animals in the Highlands… then today's item is the prose of the humble sheep in the English Lake District. Dave Newton took the picture on a walk from Great Carrs, via Swirl How, and Wetherlam, to Grey Friar. The caption accompanying the picture says, 'The resident animals were very cooperative today! Three times I thought to myself "What this scene needs is something stood just there..." only for a local sheep to wander by and stand in just the right place!'

The walk started at the Three Shire Stones, which Andrew Leaney photographed before heading north. Dave headed south from there, and you can read his report (content may have changed by the time you visit), see some cloud inversions adding a little atmospheric interest along the way, and examine some remains from the Royal Canadian Air Force LL505 Halifax bomber that crashed into Great Carrs at 20:15hrs on the night of 22 October 1944.

The tragic details, and more wreckage pictures are available from Rich Allenby's web site. Two of the aircraft's engines were recovered for museum displays, one of them may now to be seen at the Ruskin Museum. Andrew climbed these same hills on an earlier walk in winter conditions, but approaching from the opposite side of the ridge, which make an interesting contrast. Check out Dave's Image Of The Month feature for September (again content may have changed by the time you visit), which features a panorama taken on the descent from Black Sails to Swirl How.

On This Day In 2002: Pantiled Elegance - Tue 10 Sep 2002
[Sadly we have to report that we are unable to find David Fields' ClevelandCAM.co.uk. The domain registration has been 'detagged', meaning that no web server is recorded as holding the web site. - Ed.]

Runswick Bay © David FieldsDavid Fields is the webmaster of ClevelandCAM, which usual covers its namesake county in the northeast of England. If you follow the link you will arrive at a photo gallery for Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain! Cleveland is a region of enormous contrasts: along the River Tees there are heavy chemical and engineering industries; in the countryside there are open moors with delightful period villages; on the coast there are seaside towns and fishing villages that have withstood the pace of change that has affected other places.

One such coastal village is Runswick Bay, which has many happy memories for me. The red roofed houses you see in the picture are finished with pantiles, a form of roofing tile developed in the Low Countries on the European mainland. Ships returning from delivering to the Dutch ports, would use pantiles as ballast and a return load. Because of their low cost and good local availability they became a feature of the vernacular architecture along the northeast coast. The essence of a pantile is that it has S-curved edges that overlap the adjoining tile, a very good feature for keeping out the weather. Not that this is necessary hereabouts, because as you can see the sun always shines in Runswick Bay!

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)