Extreme dog walking at Monsal Dale

Monsal Dale

Following the River Wye in Monsal Dale is a pleasant journey through Taddington Woods and the subject of today’s extreme dog walk. To be honest its not exactly extreme and not exactly far . Park up the on the car park on the main road cross to the other side to follow the trail along […]

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View from The Roaches Hen Cloud

The Roaches

The Roaches form a gritstone escarpment in the Peak District looking over the Leek, Tittesworth Reservoir and the Cheshire Plain.  This jagged crest of rocks, along with Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks marks the south west tip of the Pennines. Today we take a trip to it, over it and around it while extreme dog walking. […]

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Mercury Transit 2016

Mercury Transit

That tiny round black dot is Mercury.  The 2016 Mercury transit of the Sun in a relatively rare astronomical event and visible in the UK for the entire time that Mercury’s silhouette will cross against the face of the Sun. Mercury transits only take place in May or November, occurring approx 13 to 14 times a […]

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Leo Triplet

Leo Triplet

My image of the Leo Triplet was taken over several nights, stacking Luminance, Red, Green and Blue data together for this final image. The Leo triplet is a collection of galaxies  approximately 35 million light years away in the constellation of Leo and comprises the gravitational bound spiral galaxies of M66, M65 and NGC 3628. […]

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Nick Cook and Sam Cook on snowmobile safari at Kirkenes

Snowmobile Safari in Kirkenes

Kirkenes is at the north-eastern end of Norway, 10 kilometres from the border with Russia and 400 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle, further east than Istanbul and St Petersburg.  Kirkenes is not a charmingly attractive place at first glance, a frozen shore with functional buildings and plenty of snow.  Everything looks pretty new, no surprise […]

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Beautiful and remote Norwegian fjords

Norway and The Arctic Circle

In some mad moment of wanderlust we booked a wild, windy, winter wonderland on the frozen fjords of Norway in the Arctic Circle in Winter. Land of Vikings, Midnight Sun, Northern Lights, majestic mountains and gorgeous glaciers. We’ve booked with Hurtigruten on their Arctic Highlights coastal route from Tromso to Kirkenes with the entire journey in […]

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KAWS - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The wild frozen and barren wastelands of the north, also known as Yorkshire, is the focus of today’s visit, specifically the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Located just off the M1 motorway at West Bretton near Wakefiled, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is set in 500 acres of rolling rural lands and freezing fresh air as we study stylish […]

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Hathersage Moor. The view from Higger Tor of Carl Wark.

Hathersage Moor

Today is New Years Day. Start of a new day, a new year and a new you according to Sam.  So with this in mind, we finds ourselves exercising and extreme dog walking around Hathersage Moor to kick-start the rude awakening out of the post Christmas & New Year slumber to avoid slipping any further […]

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Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) currently in the constellation of Andromeda at a brightness of magnitude 9.2.  Comet C/2013 X1 is expected to get brighter with perihelion, its closest approach to the sun at a distance of 1.314 AU (astronomical units) on 20.04.16.  Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is expected to pass within 0.6 AU of Earth mid June […]

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Mr and Mrs Cook, November 2015.

London

A lot has changed since we last visited London, the wealth of the richest has doubled, the Government has allowed homelessness to rise 47% since 2010, allowed £70Bn of bank tax evasions while chasing the poorest members of society for £1Bn of benefit fraud and has now sold us out to our new Chinese overlords. […]

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Welsh Flag

South West Wales

Conquest castles, celts, cakes, cawl, sheep, St David, daffodils, Davy Gam, Dylan Thomas, rarebit, rebels, leeks and us. They’ve even got a dragon on their flag.  This isn’t Westeros, its Wales boyo.  We’re holidaying in south west Wales, with rain coats at the ready guarding us against the accidental spittle of unpronounceable place names.  We’ve […]

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