Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Paddy's mount revisited

15th Nov09, Low Newton, 4pm

The yachts and dinghies are all away for the winter and they make a fine silhouette against the setting sun.

16th Nov09, Embleton Bay, 8am

Interesting light with early sun on the beach but dark clouds to the North.

Meanwhile the sky was very moody behind the castle. The "moat" in the foreground is field flooding and is not normally there, but it does suggest there was a moat here in times past.

16th Nov09, at home, 3pm

Very wet all day but finally the sun started shining through the rain on the window just in time to get out and about...

17th Nov09, Christon Bank, 8am

Paddy's Mount. Many, many years ago, an Irish labourer died while working at the farm and was refused a burial at the Church on account of his being a catholic. The farmer and the man's friends and colleagues buried him here with some trees for company and as a visible reminder of the story. The farmer subsequently narrowed all of his stiles so that the local vicar, a portly gentleman, had an uncomfortable time on his habitual constitutions.

The moral? Don't be prejudicial and don't mess with Northumbrian farmers!

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