Announcing the demise of Usky

Well no okay not exactly… fear not Usky is alive and well, but I am announcing the demise of Usky’s blog. The contract with my current web host comes to an end early next month and I will not be renewing, neither will I be migrating elsewhere so effectively Usky’s blog will ‘die’ in a few weeks time.

To paraphrase the late, great Douglas Adams… so long and thanks for all the fish! šŸ˜†

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An afternoon stroll

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Did a little walking on Dartmoor while I was down n Devon recently and climbed this hill.

Unknown Tor

Unknown Tor

I can’t for the life of me remember what this tor is called, but it is adjacent to Pork Hill and just a short distance from Merrivale Quarry. Like a lot of the tors on Dartmoor the hill is deceptive. The climb is a lot steeper than it appears, but it is well worth the effort since the views from the top are simply stunning. And talking about the top… the tip of the nipple on this breast is a rugged outcrop.

Tor Top

Tor Top

You’ll need to click the image for a larger view to see just how rugged to top is.

I had wanted to walk down the reverse side of the tor and on the adjacent ridge which could have been followed in a circuitous route back to the car, but it was quite a hot afternoon and Tilly simply refused to any further… in fact the little devil had to be carried up the few hundred feet of the initial hill climb! :roll:

Tor Panorama

Tor Panorama

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Not exactly Monument Valley

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Ever since I was a kid I was always fascinated by the amazing rock formations you saw in all those old cowboy movies… of course I didn’t know then it was the stacks in Monument Valley I was so taken by. So anyway I was visiting Devon last week and while there took a trip to Sandymouth Bay near Bude and on the left-hand side of the bay there are these…

Rock Stacks on Sandymouth Bay

Rock Stacks on Sandymouth Bay

Yes, yes I know, they’reĀ really nothing like the amazing stacks in Monument Valley, but I rather like them anyway :)

Rock Stacks on Sandymouth Bay

Rock Stacks on Sandymouth Bay

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More wild orchids

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There’s a whole new crop of beautiful wild orchids growing on one of Tilly’s favourite walks… as far as I’m concerned these are just too lovely not to document.

Marsh Orchid

Southern Marsh Orchid

I’m not entirely sure, but I believe these are Southern Marsh Orchids… I apologise if I’m wrong about that, but you’d have to agree they are lovely plants to look at. :)

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Reliving my childhood

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It’s an age thing I suppose, but did I tell you I had decided to relive my childhood? Well part of it anyway. I realise now this probably started years ago when I found myself getting excited while watching racing cars, trains, fire engines, etc… but things progressed and I’ve ventured into the area of buying ‘boys toys’… how sad is that? Actually I don’t care what other people think because I’m enjoying myself!

I always wanted to own and fly a radio controlled aeroplane as a child, but could never afford it and since my parents didn’t have cash to squander the dream went unrequited like a lost love. Now I’m old, have money I can afford to spend and a certain amount of time on my hands… so I thought to myself ‘Feck it, spend a little and enjoy yourself!’Ā I took some advice and spent enough forĀ a short holiday and bought myself a model and the required radio equipment.

Multiplex EasyStar II

Multiplex EasyStar II

This is the EasyStar II from Multiplex, the model plane that was recommended to me as a first aircraft. To all intents and purposes this is a powered glider, or at least a glider that is capable of propellingĀ itself to a sufficient height to be flyable. It is made of a foam substance known as ‘Epoflexi’ came in kit form and required building. I hadn’t built a model plane in years and had to learn some new skills, but eventually I got it together, installed the radio and flight battery, took it to the local field and… crashed the damn thing! šŸ˜†

There’s more to flying model aircraft than there at first appears, but the skills to repair a damaged model and perseverance paid off…

EasyStar II in Flight

EasyStar II in Flight

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