Today is the first day for the Christmas holidays, so obviously the first thing I did was go out with my drone!
Last weekend we visited Bakewell Xmas Market, this weekend it was Chatsworth. As none of us like to get there really late when it is busy, we set off to get there just as it opened.
For some reason this meant we had to park so far away we were pretty much in Baslow (the nearest little village) but had to pay for the privilege of parking in Chatsworth – £10!
So we started off our Xmas Market trip by hiking for 809743 years to get there. Once there the Christmas spirit never really hit me. We bought some brownies, cured sausages and a double chocolate scone. kB fancies some churros so we bought some but no one was really bothered about them.
We (me and kB) left the others in the market and went to fly the drone. On the way in (during our voyage from the car park) I’d spied the Chatsworth deer and though that they would be a good target for practice. So off we went.
I spent some time practicing different shots, but my app kept crashing. Apparently it’s pants on Android so when I came home I bought a stand thing so I can connect my iPad to it.
The weather forecast was nice, the air was still… So naturally it was a drone kind of day 😉
I decided to go to Ulley Country Park, and practice a bit more with my drone. There is a nice spot with a few benches on it that made for an ideal seating area and Return to Home point. I flew the highest I’ve flown before, but I am still hesitant about distance away from me. I think the next time that I go out with it I am doing to focus on distance more than height.
I’m slowly getting more used to the controls. I’ve gotten used to using the control to control the gimbal head.
I need to pay more attention to exposure though, as most of the shots were over exposed.
Today was forecast to be the best day of our mini break, so today was the day we would try to reach Goatfell Summit. We got up a bit later and had a more relaxed morning, before driving a brief way to park at the start of the walk.
The weather forecast had remained favourable so we set off optimistically to reach the top.
The second thing to note was that on our way back down it started hailing pretty much sideways and we got soaked – so we were glad we didn’t go all the way to the top!
A gym session in the morning and two walks has left us a bit pooped.
Even though the weather was miserable, I did appreciate the mist. Maybe not the rain so much, but I do love misty, bleak landscapes.
We had tea at Beck Hall and it was very nice. We had lunch at a pub in the village which wasn’t so good.
When we woke up on Sunday it was sunny (The forecast said it would snow overnight and be foggy in the morning) so that was a bit annoying because had I known it would be nice I would have gotten up for the sunrise!
Back home now though, awaiting the next holiday – the Isle of Arran!
Last week it was my birthday! For my birthday we went away for the weekend. I decided that Malham would be the location for our mini trip. I’ve never been and it looked nice in photos online (and it’s not too far away from us).
The walk took us to Janet’s Foss (A waterfall in a small woodland area), then onto Gordale Scar (Waterfalls in a valley) and then onto Malham Cove (A limestone area at the edge of the hill).