April 7th, 2017

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We have a house slug!

I think I mentioned before that I'd found a slug trail across the carpet in the conservatory. Well, it seems as though the slug has moved in and is living somewhere inside. But where!? I admit I have not yet plucked up the courage to move furniture to investigate. All I know is that every couple of days, I come down in the morning to find this...

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The trail is quickly worn away as we walk over it, but a few days later, it is back. What does a slug do in a conservatory where there are no plants for it to eat? Is this the next evolutionary step for slugs?

I really ought to go on a slug hunt, but it'll have to wait until after Easter because I have more important things to do.
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Rhobell y Big

It always seems to be the way that you don't visit a place for years and then you go there twice in one week.

Last Sunday we drove up to visit a friend who has a smallholding in the middle of nowhere. We see her occasionally in town, but it's been a couple of years since we visited her at home. It was a beautiful day and her smallholding lived up to its name which translates as "Hot Field". Despite being fairly high, it really catches the sun and on a fine day it's lovely to be out, sitting by the pond watching her three dogs running around. We also retrieved the rock specimen I mentioned a couple of days ago, the manganese ore. I had a vague feeling we'd lent it to someone, but couldn't remember who, but G said it was in the garage. Anyway, as soon as we started discussing the geology book, N said, "Oh, I've got your manganese ore. I've been meaning to give it back to you for ages." So now we are reunited with it and as soon as I get a moment, I'll post a photo because it is a very pretty rock.

So, having been up to Capel Hermon on Sunday, on Wednesday we found ourselves driving past the turning leading to our friend's drive as we went to climb Rhobell y Big. Here's the screenshot from the My Tracks app showing our walk that day.

Speed & elevation

What sort of hill could produce a graph like that? Well, first there was the slow trudge up the heather covered hillside and then final steep scramble up the tumbled rocks. I love how the speed (the blue line) is the complete inverse of the steepness. :)

Here is Rhobell y Big

Rhobell y Big

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The app tells me that the whole walk was only 2 miles. My legs tell me it was further, but that's because wading through the heather on the lower slopes meant lifting the feet much higher than normal -- as well as stopping every so often to retie our bootlaces which the heather seems so good at untying!

Finally the volcanic rocks that we came to see.

Volcanic rocks
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Looking north

14/52 for the group 2017 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: N is for North

Further to my long post about climbing Rhobell y Big, here is my photo for the Weekly Alphabet Challenge, a slightly different view from the top of Rhobell y Big.

Looking North

It's a pity I didn't come here at the right point on my walk to Mordor[*] because the tumbled stones on the top of a conical hill reminded me strongly of my mental picture of Weathertop.

[*] I am actually on my way back towards the Shire now, having reached Mordor some time ago.