Well, it had stayed dry all week so by the law of averages we were due a soggy day.
We were looking at species present, management techniques currently in use and what we would do with the site if we were running it. An interesting if wet exercise. The headache had also turned into a sore throat by then, and Em's knees filled with fluid and hurt her, plus I got a call from L's school while I was in the only mobile phone signal spot on Dartmoor to tell me he wasn't well and could I come and collect him? Not very easily, I said, being that I was 200 miles away in the middle of a wet and misty moor. Gran came to the rescue and somehow managed to get a text through to let me know all was fine.....
|Bronze Age Settlement and Field System site.|
|Conifer plantation. The central band of pale grasses covers and protects the Bronze Age Field System Archeology|
|Heathers growing on the Moor|
|Lichen on the rocks|
|My Ecology Daughters, Sash and Em :-)|
|Old and New Bridges across the river|
|Lichen on the wall|
|Maidenhair Spleenwort growing in the wall|
|Dave being an Intrepid Ecologist and looking for.....|
|....Goblin's Gold, otherwise known as Luminous Moss (Schistostega pennata). You can just about see it glowing bright green in the darkness under the rock. Great Stuff.|
|Tiny stone bridge over the river|
|Dry Stone Wall along the field and lane boundary|
|Yellow Lichen growing on the barn wall|
|Bellever Youth Hostel|
The light changed as I was heading back and the sun returned, making it Perfect For Photography....
|Beech trees growing on an old stone wall|
After supper we headed down to the pub for our last night. The pictures get worse, so if you are of a Nervous Disposition, best look away now. They serve as ample warning of why it is never a Good Idea to leave your Surface unlocked and open on a table, within reach of several hearty and drunken ecologists all in possession of amply-developed senses of humour.....
|Postbridge and Happy Matt|
|Cal and the Ginormous Pub Dog (model for the hound of the Baskervilles perchance?)|
|Pub Selfie Number 1|
|The less said the better....|
|Pool, at which it was generally acknowledged that I am Rubbish...|
|James and the Girls|
|Hanging spoons off your face is a competitive sport these days... Cara and Emily managed five each :-)|
|Cal and Ben, looking sensible (but don't let that fool you)|
|Me and Matt|
|Pub Selfie Number 2|
|Pub Selfie Number 3|
One more post to go and I'll have caught up....
Hope you're all enjoying these :-)