Thursday, April 15, 2010


Just a quick update:- I was due to depart England tomorrow but all planes have been grounded in the U.K. due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland. The bottom line is, that it could be days before I get a flight. Fortunatly I am still in the Lakes district, so I can stay here until the dust settles,(forgive the pun).

Basically- the volcano is covered by 200metres of ice. As the lava pushes upward the molten rock is quickly cooled and is reduceed to tiny shards of glass. This is pushed up to 30,000ft into the atmosphere. If a jet engine flies through the "dust" the particles reduce the engine/s to nothing, with obvious results. Just like a massive sand blaster.

Anyhow, I have some great photos, 113 birds species spotted, helped with bird ringing, and done a couple of tetrads ( more on that later). Even a mountain climb to brag about. Sorry no photos yet, as I am writing this on a small computer.

See you all soon!


  1. A few days? You'll be lucky mate. With the stable meteorological conditions prevailing at the moment, it could be weeks.

  2. Hey Simon
    Way to extend your holiday... just get a volcano to erupt!! Glad to hear you had a good time.. thanks for popping in for the anniversary post... take care.. have more fun.. xx Julie

  3. Estelle- yes you could be right.

    julie- thanks! yes could be worse, i could have been at the airport!

  4. go have another pint at the black dog. where is cumbria anyway ?
    timing.... guess you re meant to be there

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  6. Pooch- cumbria is the lakes district, up towards the Scottish border. Beatrix Potter country. I will have another pint. :o) and i like your thoughts re being here.

    Update:- its that bad i am investigating travel home by ship...