Friday, 29 June 2012

Arty Maps

Small pleasures this week.

Attended my daughter's arts evening and was very taken buy this picture, as you'd expect. 12 06 25 Arts evening
And just opened a belated birthday present. A small mirror. With an incredibly cool back.
12 06 29 Geo Mirror
Oh, and I revisted the fallen over trig pillar on Monday.
12 06 04 Broad Down Trig
I first visited this at the beginning of June.  I was pleased to see it is now upright again.  The farmer has stood it back up. Had a quick chat to him about it and mentioned that the previous owner wanted it taken off his hands. "No, I quite like it," he commented. "And, anyway, isn't it meant to stay around here?" I pointed to the distant field and said "Well, it should be over in that field. Now it's been moved the Ordnance Survey can't use it." I suspect he had no idea what it's for. He just likes the look of it. Can't knock that can you? Oh, and I have a standing invite to visit it whenever I wish. How sweet!

Off to Dublin on Sunday. Aside from visiting the HQ of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland am wondering if I'll be able to discover an Irish trig. To my (sad) excitement found that there is a trigpointing Ireland website. I suspect that I won't be able to bag my first Irish trig as I'll be transportless, but you never know...

Monday, 4 June 2012

Navigation the Teenage Way

I'm feeling better now so drove up to North Devon today to meet some relatives and, of course, bag a little something.  Decided my Ten Tors 45 miler daughter could map read us there.  "So," I query driving across Exmoor, "which road am I looking out for next?"  "Oh, the B something something 4".  "Umm, that's not very specific," I laughed.  "Sorry Mum," she replied, "it's the B something something something 4".  Honestly.  I blame the parents.

First off spotted a cut benchmark and had to take a photo.  Reconfirmed with  my relatives, as if they needed it, that I'm a bit odd.
12 06 04 BM at Selworthy
Then bagged Selworthy.  Not my best photo but hey ho.  And I really have no idea why I keep wearing white clothes when trig bagging as they are always getting grubby!
 12 06 04 Selworthy Beacon and Views
On the way home we stopped off at Dunkery Beacon. I couldn't quite see the blue trig triangle on the map but presumed it was hidden under the 360 deg viewpoint they mark the beacon with too.  We appeared there to find not only the massive cairn but a Jublilee beacon ready for lighting this evening.
12 06 04 Dunkery Beacon
Slight panic on my part. I thought they'd built the bonfire on top of the trig!  Fortunately I checked the trigpointing website to find, to my relief, it is no longer there.
12 06 04 Dunkery Beacon
I suspect that trig pillars don't burn well anyway.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Arm Chair Bagging

Continuing the theme of vicarious trig bagging my brother-in-law bagged a trig last Saturday.  Coire Garbh. Again in Scotland but he did it the hard way, walking up and down the hill on his own two legs.  Thanks John - nice one!
12 05 26 John trig

Friday, 1 June 2012

Show Off

I haven't been well for a few weeks and it now appears that I have to trig bag vicariously.

However there are some that are now taking this to extremes as evidenced by this photo I received today from the incoming CO of HMS GANNET. It's Loudoun Hill and they were here today to land some wood for Jubilee Beacon lighting. Their CO jumped out to take a photo much to the utter bemusement of the other crew. He has apologised for not photographing the flush bracket or trig plate but under the circumstances I'll let him off.

Next time Andy.
12 06 01 Gannet on Loudoun trig