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Silverdale [Sep. 25th, 2013|07:02 pm]
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I went on holiday about a month ago. I haven't just been procrastinating about posting this; I have a bit, but also my laptop broke down. A lot of sites get blocked on the main computer, and while it doesn't hate LiveJournal, and I can get on, it's a bit funny about showing images. It's OK with Flickr, and I could have done this post on it, but I thought it would be easier to do on the laptop.

So, yeah, Silverdale. We stayed in a cottage right by the sea. Literally, down on the beach. You can see the row here, they look very nice there, I think:

Silverdale Beach
And this is Silverdale Cove, which we walked down to one day:

Silverdale Cove
We had a few walks. We climbed Arnside Knot one day, and on another we walked over to Arnside Tower, having a look at the Silverdale Pepperpot, as it's called, as we went. Here's the summit of the Knot, the tower and the Pepperpot:

Arnside Knott SummitArnside Tower 1Silverdale Pepperpot
There were big signs saying not to go inside the tower, and we obeyed. There was a guy wandering round inside. As we were leaving he started to climb it. He got to the top as I was climbing over the stile, I looked back and saw him. I just think that's a stupid thing to do, even if the sings hadn't been there

Anyway. We also paid a visit to the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis. I got a lot of animal pictures. Here's just a couple, some meerkat pups which are just ridiculously adorable, and a ring tailed lemur, because I just think it's a good picture:

Meerkat PupsRing Tailed Lemur 2
The lemur bit was actually really cool. They were in a building, and you could walk in. There were two doors so they couldn't get out. It was cool being so close to them, and them not caged up.

And one day we ended up in Morecambe. I don't know how planned it was on my parents' part, we were just there for a bit. Didn't do anything special.

Morecambe 2

So yeah, holiday! I finally got the post up!
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Holiday [Aug. 11th, 2013|05:34 pm]
Been a bit since I wrote anything here. I've come back from holiday recently, by which I mean almost a week ago, and I'm just too lazy to have written this entry before now. We were staying in Cayton Bay, which is near Scarborough.

Cayton Bay
I really do like this photo. I don't know if this pride is even remotely warranted, but I like it.

We visited Scarborough, but we went to the Sea Life Centre, because my nephew loves stuff like that, and I didn't get a lot of pictures of the town. Here's the front, anyway, with the castle way off in the background:

Scarborough Front

And we went to Filey, but again I didn't get a lot of interesting pictures, this time mostly due to my own mediocrity. We went there twice, we went to an animal park the second time, so, uh... have some animals:

Anything For Me?
Muscovy Ducklings

And we went to Whitby. I went to look at the abbey. We all went up the steps, but my parents and nephew didn't actually go up to it. We didn't have a lot of time in Whitby, so we couldn't sit around having picnics like some people were, so it wasn't really worth it for us all to go in. But I went in because I'm the one who loves stuff like that, and is obsessed with taking pictures. So here's a couple of them.

Whitby Abbey 1
Whitby Abbey 3
And one I took of the town while climbing the steps:


So yeah, my holiday in pictures. Thanks for looking.
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Cracoe Monument [May. 29th, 2013|02:22 pm]
Walked up to Cracoe Monument on Saturday. We don't walk up there a lot; we usually stop at Rylstone Cross. But it was a nice day, so we went the extra distance.

Here's the monument, up close and from a distance:

Cracoe Monument
Distant Cracoe Monument
Very much from a distance, but you can just about see it. And here's a couple of the cross:

Rylstone Cross
Distant Rylstone Cross
And a panorama I took from the monument:

View From Cracoe Monument

There was a duck up there with some very small ducklings. Just wandering along the moor. That was unexpected.
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Cowling Pinnacle [May. 9th, 2013|08:04 pm]
Walked up to Cowling Pinnacle Monday. Not a long walk. Just parked up, walked up to the tower (Sutton Pinnacle, I've learnt it is called), and then just across to Cowling Pinnacle.

Not a lot to write, really.

Two shots of Sutton Pinnacle:

Sutton Pinnacle
Tower in the Distance
Cowling Pinnacle, and one taken from the top of the tower looking over to it:

Cowling Pinnacle
View from Sutton Pinnacle
And a random view:

Half Frame

That's all.
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Kendal Two Castles Walk [May. 1st, 2013|10:48 am]
I almost forgot to post this! We did the Kendal Two Castles walk on Saturday. You go to Kendal Castle first, then you wander through the town to Castle Howe. It's a nice walk.

Anyway, here's some pictures of Kendal Castle:

Kendal Castle 5
Kendal Castle 2
Kendal Castle 4

As you can see, it's ruins, but they're pretty decent ruins, good to look round.

There's a lot less left of Castle Howe. It is the older of the two. It's just the motte, and you can see where the walls would have been, but there's nothing really left. They built an obelisk on the motte in 1788 to commemorate 100 years since the Glorious Revolution. So here's that:

Castle Howe Motte
And, for no real reason, here's Kendal Town Hall:

Kendal Town Hall

That wasn't really much of an entry, was it? Well, it was only a little walk. Kendal is a nice town to walk through. We had a little poke round the shops afterwards.
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Southport [Apr. 17th, 2013|07:33 pm]
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[Current Music |soundtracks]

Went to Southport over the weekend. Just Friday and Saturday night, a cheap little break. We were staying in the Pontins camp. I thought it was a caravan site, but they were actually little apartments. It looked like a council estate. My parents tell me that's how holiday camps used to be in like the fifties (my parents weren't alive in the fifties, but they seemed pretty certain about this). Our little apartment was pretty rubbish, but, as I said, it was cheap. That's what you get. I quite liked it; I like seeing different places. If it had been more than a couple of days there I may have a different opinion, but it was alright for what it was. Some of the other apartments looked nicer than ours, but, again, cheap break.

There was a beach near the park. It was just this big, long expanse of sand with cars on it. You were allowed to park on it, as long as you were actually visiting the beach.

Out For a Drive
The Red Building

The second picture is a building next to the beach that I took a liking to. I don't know why... it's just all red and boarded up, I like it. I took quite a few pictures of it.

So, on Saturday, our only full day there, we went into Southport proper. I didn't think I'd love it so much, but it's just all these big, gorgeous, buildings. I'm not skilled enough to capture it in pictures, but I tried. So here's a sampling:

Southport Centre 1
Southport Centre 2
I wish I'd got more. Every building was just so unique, it was brilliant. And we had a walk along the pier and a tram ride back. You could see Blackpool from the pier. I didn't realise how close the two places are, so I loved how clearly you could see the shape of everything.

Southport Pier
In the Distance
I didn't intend to get that person in the last picture. This was the second time we went along the pier, because the tide had been out before, and we didn't go right the way along this time, so this person just ended up there. The pictures I took the second time are far better than the ones from the first time. I quite like that person being there, I just feel a bit weird having strangers in my pictures. Obviously, it's completely unavoidable sometimes, but I wouldn't put a random person as the focus.

I'm quite happy to put a random vehicle as the focus though, so long as it's not too clear, like that car up there, or is something specifically meant to appeal to tourists, like that tram.

Oh, they had a house of mirrors! Well, not really. They had a hall of mirrors proudly declaring itself to be free access, which then led to an arcade. But, good enough for me, I felt so old fashioned. Old fashioned being a good thing in this context.

I really would like to see Southport again, have a proper break there. Just probably better not to stay in the Pontins. Or at least see if there are any better apartments.

My cat's come up for a cuddle. She keeps trying to lean onto the keyboard, and nearly deleted what I just wrote. Thought I'd share that.
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Snow + Foulridge Reservoir [Apr. 6th, 2013|02:44 pm]
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[Current Music |Of Monsters and Men]

I haven't written anything for a while... I meant to put up a journal with some pictures I took when all the snow was here, but I didn't get round to it, so we'll have two things in this one!

So, first off, snow:

The Thaw

No Way Through
Icy Beck

And then yesterday we went to Foulridge Reservoir. Here's one of many pictures I took of the reservoir itself, this one with the sailing club in it (they weren't there yesterday; we've seen them on Saturdays):

Foulridge Sailing Club
We didn't go right round. We came back along the road and through the wooded bit;


 And here's some lambs, and a young swan I saw on the canal when we went to Cafe Cargo for lunch;

Young Swan
I'm not being very descriptive today... sorry. Or maybe that's better. Links to my Flickr in the top photo :)
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Sharp Haw [Feb. 17th, 2013|07:09 pm]
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Climbed Sharp Haw yesterday. It's a small hill, but it's a hill, and the first walk we've done in a while. I've been up it plenty; it's just a nice, easy walk, with surprisingly good views. It's also foggy a lot of the time up there. It was kind of foggy yesterday, not the thickest it's been when we've climbed it. The first time I did it, I just remember it being a sea of white. It wasn't like that yesterday.

This is Sharp Haw:

Sharp Haw
That pointy bump. That's Sharp Haw. It is a bit bigger than it looks. This was taken from partway up, it's the last bit that goes up steeper.

Sharp Haw Summit
There's the summit, beyond that wall. I like the bench and stile for some reason.

And here's  a couple of views, one from the top, one from the way down when I saw a train;

View From Sharp Haw

So yeah. We did a walk. Nothing more to say on the matter, really.
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Eurgh [Feb. 14th, 2013|04:11 pm]
Just noticed a load of my entries need fixing. You can't see the pictures. It's Flickr's fault. There was some kind of error, and they made a bunch of private photos public, so to compensate they set all public photos to private. They sent me an email, and I put everything right over there, but I didn't click it would affect my entries over here until I scrolled through them just now. Better get to work.
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Pictures [Feb. 14th, 2013|03:57 pm]
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[Current Music |Two Steps From Hell]

I've not done a journal in over a month. I haven't forgotten; I just haven't done anything I deemed worthy of an entry. But I don't want this journal to stagnate, so have some pictures.

Bolton Abbey Priory 1Bolton Abbey Priory 2

Bolton Abbey Priory. We live pretty close by, but from some reason I've never had a proper look round, not that I can remember. But I have now, anyway.

The rest are just assorted pictures I took when everywhere was covered in snow.

 A gate.

Street Corner
A corner in Ilkley.

Snowy Road
A road.

And a canal.

And that was this entry.

Edit: For some reason I always have to edit my entries before I can see my pictures. I mean, I don't actually have to edit it, just click on edit and save it, and then they appear. That's just strange.
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