Fluidr
about   tools   help   Y   Q   a         b   n   l
User / PentlandPirate of the North
INNES / 4,970 items

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

I still marvel at the sheer volume and weight of slate moved by manual labour in Dinorwic quarry. I repeat my claim that the endeavour amounts to a greater physical feat than the building of the Great Pyramids of Giza. The mountain men of Snowdonia achieved it all without slaves, and no whipping. Well, not until after the work was done, in one or two of the households.

Tags:   dinorwic slate quarry snowdonia north wales dinorwig house snow

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

These are the steps at the bottom of the Foxes Path. It quickly deteriorates as you climb up but is still the easiest way to gain height in the quarry, despite the slips and tumbles you are guaranteed to have. I can never get the music from this video out of my head when trudging upwards. It's not the most polished video, but for me it is the one that best captures the atmosphere of Dinorwic quarry on a sunny day. But I think it is far more atmospheric when the conditions are at their harshest! Try this www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQpPQe7BQxQ

Tags:   dinorwic slate quarry dinorwig snowdonia snow

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

It's not the longest, or the highest, or even the most beautiful, but it is perhaps the newest.

Heading out for cake deliveries in Liverpool and north of there, I was forced to cross the new Mersey Gateway bridge as my preferred Runcorn-Widnes bridge is now closed for updates. But it was cold, bright and calm so in my best dress shoes and suit I decided to head down to the banks of the Mersey. Whilst the new bridge with the steam rising from the huge Fidler's Ferry power station beyond is a sight it was what lay on the frosty river bank that intrigued me. I could see all sorts of old boat timbers. old brick structures and all sorts of interesting shapes poking out of the mud. I reckon an archaeological dig there would discover all sorts of treasures!

Crossing the bridge was a rather sterile experience. You don't get much of a view as there are panels to cut down crosswinds. And I would have preferred there to be toll booths so that I could throw my £ 2 in a bucket or pass them to a friendly toll person, but no, I've got to find a Merseyflow website that isn't a scam website and pay online before midnight tomorrow or get a £40 penalty.

Tags:   mersey gateway bridge widnes runcorn river fiddlers ferry power station

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

I had almost delivered the last Christmas cake of the day, yesterday, when I passed Woodside ferry terminal. It had been a sparkling bright (but cold) day with the fields frosted and snowed white. And time and time again I wanted to stop immediately and take a shot. But that's a No-No even I won't even disobey on a motorway, and in general I'm pretty dedicated to my work and won't skive.

But I would only pull up for a few seconds at Woodside and perhaps take a shot of the world's first submarine or the U-boat, or go into the glorious old Victorian ferry terminal which is more like a large park pavilion. But then I could see the dazzle painted ferry called Snowdrop tied up by the jetty. Just as I approached, it quickly moved off. But I liked the result which forced me to include the jetty fixings, and that background with the fabulous cathedral on the skyline.

Take a look at the submarines here www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.3953019,-3.0104274,3a,60y,60.48...

Tags:   snowdrop mersey ferry liverpool woodside dazzle paint

  • DESCRIPTION
  • COMMENT
  • MAP
  • O
  • L
  • M

We went high in the quarry hoping to find the goats I saw last time. They seem a motley crew in shaggy coats of white, brown and black in any combination or pattern. That's their camouflage. Dare I say we only found a short stretch of their tracks and droppings before they led off a precipitous edge.

It was only after I looked at this shot a few days later in greater detail that I found them. Yes, there are about six Welsh Mountain goats in this shot. Can you see them? I will give you a huge clue. They are near the stone building!

But you need the eyes of a goat hunter to see them!

Tags:   dinorwic slate quarry snowdon dinorwig snowdonia snow north wales mountains


0.1%