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Two dog walks

It was a glorious blue-sky day today, so I took my camera out  twice.  

Not too hot in the morning, so Mollydog did a bit of gentle zooming.  I like the way the camera has just caught her ears flying here. Also, for a change, she is not pulling a ridiculous face as she runs. 

It has rained and rained and rained over the last few days.  Everywhere there were sky-reflecting puddles. 

The grass was beautifully dewy.

We met one of this year's baby ponies, almost all grown up.  Comical mossyfaced object he was. 

It was so good we came back at sunset.   This is where it got odd.   This is a place where I walk very often, and it's not really all that huge.  But I noticed this strange lump on the horizon that I'd never noticed before, so we set off to investigate it.  

We got into a strange maze of hummocks and dips that seemed to go on for ages - which is odd, because I'd never noticed it before, or been that way, and I would have sworn I knew the area well!  It was very Barrow-wightish (though I'm guessing it was really 19th century mining spoilheaps.  If in doubt, that's usually what all the lumps are.... 

But as we went through the wightish mounds, Az was possessed and became weirdly goblinish, with pointy ears and squinty eyes! 

Thankfully he soon got over it and decided to go for 'intrepid explorer' instead. 

We ended up in a very dark and mysterious chasm, which was quite difficult to find a way out of. 

Finally, we found our way out and back onto a path in the sunlight.  It was quite a relief. 

The sun was going down, so we ran away before the wights came out and got us. 

Though as we left, two people were pursuing their chocolate labrador with faint cries of 'Come' into the maze of not-barrows.  If there are any wights in there, I imagine they ate well tonight. 


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28th Oct, 2011 23:46 (UTC)
When we get mysterious mud mounds spontaneously arising in the woods, usually they are actually BMX ramps constructed by industrious local teenagers. But yours look too grown over. Love the mossy pony. And well done on getting a running pic without a stupid expression, I can't get any of mine to pull off that trick.
30th Oct, 2011 17:58 (UTC)
I did get quite a lot of ridiculous gurning faces as well!

Making their own muddy mounds sounds very industrious. I think our local yoof just rides over the existing mess left by the miners.
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30th Oct, 2011 18:02 (UTC)
We do have some real barrows (Bronze age) but they are a bit further down the hill, I don't *think* there are any real barrows up on the top, so I hope no wights!

Though since people have been burrowing around the place like moles for well over 2,000 years, it can be quite difficult to tell a barrow from a spoil heap. Quite lucky really from my selfish viewpoint, I turned up here at the point when every possible mineral had been mined out, so I get to see it looking pretty at long last.
29th Oct, 2011 05:00 (UTC)
These are great photos. I love the ones of the dogs and the grass with the dew/rain drops.

It's odd, isn't it. I'd swear, after living here for 15 years and driving and walking (plus walking the dog) all over it that it would have no more secrets. Yet suddenly there'll be a path you've never noticed before, or you think you know that that road leads to nothing but a new housing estate, then you turn down it and "Wow!"
30th Oct, 2011 18:04 (UTC)
I think it was partly the sunset - the change of light makes you notice things. I was up there in the fog today, and it could have been a different place altogether.
29th Oct, 2011 08:33 (UTC)
In an eating contest between a labrador and anything, I'd bet on the labrador.
30th Oct, 2011 18:05 (UTC)
You make a valid point. :-D

Poor old wight! Three thousand years in the mound, then munched by a lab looking for his tea.
29th Oct, 2011 16:03 (UTC)
Gorgeous sunset dog shots!

Nice to have a mystery landscape that only appears briefly, at certain times of day...
30th Oct, 2011 18:08 (UTC)
The fog today brought out a whole new landscape again. It's very odd, the feeling of getting lost in a small space that you know well!
29th Oct, 2011 19:55 (UTC)
Nice piccies. The one with the dew on the grass is lovely.
30th Oct, 2011 18:11 (UTC)
Thanks! I love these low-sun days when everything is covered in dew. The shadows go such a deep blue.
8th Nov, 2011 19:46 (UTC)
I'm sorry. I'm going for the spoilheaps explanation. The presence of the chimney clinched it for me.

But hey, if the monuments of the Industrial Revolution are akin to Mordor, then maybe the presence of barrow wights wouldn't be too unlikely...
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