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1
Rohan? Rubbish
Rohan clothing = expensive, utter junk. Over the last couple of years I've been bought two Rohan products as presents by my mother, a Rohan Daybreak down vest and a Rohan long sleeved shirt. About one inch of the vest zip has pulled clean out of the rest ...
29-Mar-2013
18:22:00
2
Grouse chicks
I was out on patrol a couple of weeks ago on a rather blustery Saturday, and a hen grouse took off from right under my feet. Normally when they go up they call loudly, but this time the bird did the 'I have a broken wing' thing, so I guessed she ...
31-May-2012
23:50:00
3
Sprung
Spring seems to have appeared with a real rush this year - all of a sudden everything seems to have popped into life. Here's hoping for a good summer to follow :-)
01-Apr-2011
14:13:00
4
It's that helicopter time of year again
The Moors For The Future project has been working since 2003 to repair the damage caused to the moorland of the Dark Peak, which I live on the edge of. Part of this work involves spreading heather brash over the areas of eroded peat, so as to provide a ...
28-Jan-2011
14:40:49
5
It's a secret
Went for a walk with the family yesterday evening after tea and took the following picture with the less than excellent camera on my phone but I rather like the soft effect. The location is less than 6 miles in a straight line from the house, and less ...
03-Jul-2010
22:51:00
6
A busy day on the moors
I got a phone call from Fiona yesterday asking me if I'd help with some research work being done on Black Hill by the University of Manchester on behalf of Moors For The Future (MFTF). Beth is doing the research and she's using a spectrometer to measure ...
22-May-2010
22:38:00
7
Green
Went for a quick walk up quarry lane behind the house and came back down through the trees alongside Shittern Clough (yes, that really is its name). After the hard winter we've had, nature is on overdrive, the birds are all going mental and the trees ...
20-May-2010
19:19:00
8
Wrecks walk
On Thursday last week I got a phone call from John Owen, one of the other rangers, asking me if I'd like to help out on a guided walk. I'd agreed before he told me that I'd just let myself in for, a 24km trog round seven of the aircraft wrecks that ...
25-Apr-2006
08:56:28
9
New Peak District website
A new website, Peak District News has appeared. As the "About" section as the site says: Peak District News aims to report on current happenings in the Peak District, and neighbouring area. Please bookmark us and keep coming back.er .. that's it. ...
11-Apr-2006
10:23:17
10
Airborne muckspreader
A couple of weeks ago the Moors For the Future folks started up the heather brash spreading operations that I've helped out with before. The aim is to spread a thin layer of chopped up heather (brash) over the bare peat as part of the process of getting ...
05-Apr-2006
11:12:20
11
Nuclear Glossop
I was futzing around on the web looking for something else entirely when I found this site which catalogues all of the 1563 Royal Observer Corps bunkers that are scattered over the UK. The history of the ROC is fascinating - they were originally set ...
01-Feb-2006
06:14:31
12
Jack Frost
I was out on Patrol today, and Peter was nagging me because I hadn't blogged anything in a long time, and he's right - nearly three months since my last post - oops! As for my wander today up Tintwistle Knarr and across to Arnfield Moor with Bob, I have ...
10-Dec-2005
09:52:09
13
Drystone walling
"All Derbyshire is full of steep hills and you see neither hedge nor tree but only low drye stone walls"Celia Fiennes - 1697 Today I got a chance to try my hand at something I've been wanting to have a go at for a long time - drystone walling. For ...
16-Sep-2005
10:12:16
14
All you ever wanted to know about geodesy
If you've ever wondered what the difference between a coordinate system and a datum is, or what the difference between OSGB36 and WGS84 is, or what is the relationship between the ellipsoid and the geoid, or even what is the difference between a TRS and ...
27-May-2005
09:06:12
15
The Snake and the Somme
I hadn't been back along the footpath through Snake Woodland, which had been badly damaged by floods in 2002 for over a year, but this evening I went back with the family for a walk, thinking it must have been fixed up by now. How wrong could I be, it's ...
10-May-2005
11:16:31
16
Mount Skip stamp
As I was googling around to find the information for my last post on Bob and Len's letterbox, I noticed that all the sites mentioned something along these lines: These boxes normally contain a visitors' book and a rubber stamp. On finding the box, ...
09-May-2005
10:28:06
17
Bob and Len's Dark Peak letter box
Ages ago, Bob asked me to put some information on my blog about his and Len's letterbox and I've been very laggardly in doing so - sorry Bob! By letterbox I don't mean one of these or even one of these! For those of you who are now thoroughly confused, ...
07-May-2005
09:38:01
18
Useful directory of online maps for the UK
While I was looking for the format of links to the OS GetAMap service for my last post I came across this useful list of online maps for the UK, which it seems has been lifted straight from Wikipedia - why they didn't just link to the Wikipedia page I ...
07-May-2005
08:13:28
19
Morons on the moors
Well, I've just been on what must be the most depressing patrol of my time as a Ranger. Not only did the weathermen get it completely wrong and I got completely soaked, but I had the disheartening task of recording the serious and systematic vandalism ...
26-Mar-2005
11:57:13
20
First t-shirt patrol of the year
Today was really rather warm - in the mid to upper teens (mid 60's fahrenheit for any colonials listening in), so rather than being bundled up like an Inuit I got to walk around in my t-shirt - it looks like spring is really here at last. Unfortunately ...
19-Mar-2005
07:12:37