I love freebies, especially useful ones.
As such we offer a monthly series of freebies that are hopefully useful and inspire. These are a series of wallpapers for the laptop, phone and desktop. This is the story behind this months wallpaper.
October 2012 Wallpaper
The other day I was driving along the road leading to Greenhaugh in Northumberland National Park. As this is not a road I often drive along I was on the look out for anything worth snapping. This old gate caught my eye. There is almost more string holding it together than anything else. The state of the field that it was meant to be an entrance to was not much better than the gate.
We thought it would make a good wallpaper this month.
October 2012 Wallpaper - without calendar
We are offering two versions of this - one with a months calendar on it and one without, in varying different sizes. More details can be found on the fullersfolio freebie page and we hope you like them.
The Millennium Stone at Greenhaugh
When I go wandering round a place with my camera, people often come out of their houses to see what I am taking pictures of. They normally look at me for a bit and then go back inside. Sometimes they come and talk to me gently asking what I am doing and sometimes they tell me a story about what I am looking at.
A couple of months ago I was in going through Greenhaugh in Northumberland National Park and at the end of the village towards the school noticed an upright stone and some old farm equipment by the side of the road. As it wasn't actually raining I thought it might make a good picture so stopped the car and started to take a picture.
Someone came out of one of the houses and asked what I was doing, so I told them and they said did I know the story of the stone. I said no. This is what they told me – I don't know how true this is but it makes a good story. So I will recount it here.
Old farm machinery
They alleged that some time before the millennium one evening in the pub it was decided that something should done to celebrate the occasion for the village. Someone came up with the idea of putting up a standing stone. A grant was applied for, which was approved and it was all go.
They then alleged that there had been much discussion in the pub as to where to get the stone and someone suggested that it could come from the local river bed. Bets were made as to the outcome of this – if it would be successful or not. It was then said that rope chains, buoyancy bags and a tractor had been used to get the stone up out of the river bed to the village. It was then put into position using a few bags of cement. It was then alleged that this had been very profitable, as the cost of the stone had been only a few tens of pounds and time taken.
As I said at the start I don't know if this is true or not but it does make quite an interesting photo, with the old farm machinery next to it.
Long Straight Northumberland Road
Northumberland is blessed with roads that run along the lines of old Roman roads, and Drover tracks that tend to cut straight across the landscape. They seem to go on and on into the distance as can be seen here.
Normally it is quite hard to get an image of a road like this without another car in it, during normal hours but the recent bad weather has put a stop to the majority of non essential traffic.
The straight roads then tend to end in some form of bend complex and the all too often warning for motorcyclists.
These images were taken recently on a day when it was not too wet but still the grey skies dominate the images.
Wind farm Construction
My main reason for going down the road was to get some pictures of the wind farm construction that is going on near Sweethope Loughs
Fortunately I was able to get a few shots with the zoom lens.
The two yellow dots just infront of the smaller crane (above the 'm' of Tim) are people – which shows the size of these things.
Constructed Wind Turbine
When constructed they seem to lurk above the trees like some giant bird of prey.
I am sure we will get used to them in a few months time, but they certainly make a major statement on the landscape.