6 February 2018

February snow

I'd planned to go over to the allotment today for some clearing up and to continue to remodel the beds.However I woke up to find that a decent amount of snow had settled.Quite reassuring for this time of year given that it's the north of England.

The cold snap has been a bit of boon for bird life in the garden for as well as the usual fare , including more starlings than for many years, a Nuthatch visited yesterday, and this morning I've already sighted a Siskin and a magnificent Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Unfortunately no photos yet.

2 February 2018

Gran Canaria January 2018

Another short trip to Gran Canaria ,this time with 4 nights in the south west staying at Puerto de Mogan and then 4 nights in Las Palmas.

Here's a link to the photo album https://photos.app.goo.gl/tYpATWIBEE3RtswZ2

Puerto de Mogan
Warm weather days in the south where I did a couple of walks from the Degollada de la Aldea/Mirador de Tarsatico  and another from Fataga.

Near the start of the Degollada de la Aldea to Mogan walk

On the Fataga to Santa Lucia walk - above the dried out bed of Presa de Sorrueda

View south from Viso above the Aldea valley

 The settled spell of fine weather deteriorated to cold and wet on the move to the north of the island but I still got some good walks in including the final one above Telde ,from Valsequillo up into Barranco de los Cernicalos and on up to the Caldera de los Marteles and down to Tenteniguada with sleet and hail during the 1400-1500 metre top section.

A lush Barranco de Mina

Santa Brigida


Huerta Urbano project Playa de las  Canteras

Barranco de los Cernicalos
On the way down during a break in the sleet and hail

13 January 2018

New year,new bothy,new mountain

A brief trip to western Snowdonia with my pal Andrew ,based for two nights at Cae-Amos which was newly renovated by the MBA in early 2017.
Also on hand Mynydd Graig Coch which became a "proper mountain" in 2008 after re-measurement found it to just exceed the magic 2000 feet mark by 6 inches.
We timed our visit to take advantage of the reasonably warm weather after the poor spell leading up to Xmas.
Here's a link to the photo album https://photos.app.goo.gl/pnkY8t8AcOEBzsDE3