Saturday, 11 November 2017

Astronomy Outing


We had arranged to join a small astronomy event near Tebay so decided to make the most of the journey and use Bill to "make a day of it".  Setting off after an early lunch we had a lovely run down the motorway and found ourselves on seemingly deserted moorland an hour later.  Time to take Daisy for a walk . . .



Not too cold, not much wind, and miles and miles of space - it was bliss.  Gorgeous limestone pavement with the usual collection of ferns and upland plants growing in the grykes.







Friends of the Lake District's 'tree fold'



Daisy was clearly having a wonderful time doing much bouncing and barking, but she was rather surprised when the leaping around raised an equally surprised hare. No time for a photo, but more biscuits for a Good Girl who came back when called, despite her first reaction being oh goody, something to chase!





Back to Bill for our supper, and the chance to witness a huge murmuration.  Too dark for my own photo, this one is labelled for re-use so thank you Tanya Hart 



As we settled down for a cuppa and a bit of a read until it was time to go to the astronomy event we realised the 'deserted moorland road' we were parked at the side of was host to a constant stream of old cars.  We found ourselves witnessing a link section of the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation's "Rally of the Tests" (no, I've never heard of it either!!)  Loads of lovely old vehicles, from a 1938 Bentley Derby to a 1985 Porsche 924.  I'm not interested in motorsport although it was lovely to watch, but sobering to realise I recognised rather a lot the cars from when they were new - bugger, I'm getting old!

The astronomy gig was OK, but sadly ruined by a couple of groups of people for whom the Red Light rules clearly did not apply, as they waved bright torches around and ruined everyone's night vision.  Shame because we were under a crystal clear sky with virtually no light pollution.  Packed up somewhat disgruntled.

Rather than head straight home we drove back onto the moor, gave Daisy another walk and had a cuppa, reflecting that we had actually had a brilliant day.  The great walk, the hare, starlings and then the car rally - all unexpected but lovely, and very much made possible thanks to Bill.  🙂   The limestone outcrops are absolutely beautiful and it's definitely a place I want to return to - if only to see the sheep!






8 comments:

  1. Our kind of day completely, countryside, open moorland, wildlife, old cars & starry skies. Wow! Glad you had a lovely day, although with a few unforeseen obnoxious folk, (always a few these days) & good to know you are getting out & about. Take care.

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    1. I thought of you Susan :) It was a lovely place and one we wold like to return to.

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  2. It sounds like the three of you had a really great day, though it's a shame you had a few people who seemed to think the Red Light rules didn't apply to them - I'm afraid I would have told them in no uncertain terms to 'go forth and multiply'! :)

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    1. Hi Eunice, unfortunately both M. and I have been brought up to be polite, avoid conflict, and so on, and the event was being run by a friend of ours so we were hesitatant to make fuss. Once we left however, I realised that I was actually more disappointed in myself for NOT standing up and trying to deal with the problem, and if there is a next time maybe I will be more proactive. BUT, it was an event for 'the public' not people who already understand astronomy, so maybe I should not have been so surprised.

      The rest of the day was a joy and I am not letting the last bit of it spoilt our outing :)

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  3. Lovely - shame about the obligatory idiots, but the rest sounds to have outweighed their behaviour. Glad Daisy had such a lovely time :)

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    1. Spot on Kate, I've pretty much blanked the astro part of the evening and am concentrating just on the lovely stuff.

      Daisy was a star and seemed OK curled up in the van by herself when we went out. Granted, the heating was on and she had multiple fleecy blankets so there wasn't too much suffering involved! She was very tired the following day though :)

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  4. That sounds like a perfect day out apart from the idiots. Good girl Daisy for returning after her chase, had a similar event with Annie and a rabbit earlier this year! How lovely to see the murmuration, nature is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I'm very relieved she came straight back, because those lovely grykes on the limestone pavement were exactly the right size for a leg to slip into .... we had to be careful with her all afternoon and try to keep her off the stones because I had visions of a broken leg :(

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