Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Sunday 15 February 2009 - Mudfest at Alderley Edge
Back in the real world of the gloomy UK, at least it didn't rain, and we were able to catch up with our good friends, the inmates of Hale Towers.
We soon passed the Engine Vein, the 100 metre long fissure featuring bowl-like opencast pits where Bronze Age man mined copper ores around 4000 years ago. Until recently this was a heavily eroded scar, but having been fenced off by the National Trust the bare earth is starting to recover. No doubt in a few years' time working parties will be called upon to clear the vegetation!
It seems no time at all since A and K needed frequent 'carries' and other mechanical aids to get them around on walks. Nowadays they are more into racing down woodland paths, and since they understand their own sophisticated handicapping system, for some reason Al and I always seemed to vie for 5th and 6th positions, at the rear of the field.
These days there's less time to stop for the view - here a scene of typical Cheshire countryside in winter. Any snow in these parts (there was none at all in Timperley when the rest of the UK seemed engulfed by it) melts within hours.
It was a dull day, but green and warm compared with Canada. These Canada Geese, on the same pond that Sue and I admired from a log back on 7 October 2007, must today have been thinking 'stupid humans' as they watched groups like ours floundering in the mud, though I think A and K really enjoyed this bit.
For the record, not that A and K are counting, today's excursion was all of 3 km with about 100 metres of ascent.
'Good times today' - as Hazel has already commented.
The whole album for today (only 12 images) is here.
This blog has visited Alderley Edge on some earlier postings:
28 September 2008
28 October 2007 and
7 October 2007