Down at the Gruffy Ground

We went for a walk to find fungi today. The leaves are beginning to change and at our feet were interesting fungi. So many different types.

The children are becoming experts at spotting them.

Fantastic patterns on the rock. These sort of patterns encourage the eye to spot a picture.

No walk would be complete without spotting at least one snail. This was one of many.

And on to the gruffy ground.

At the furthest point of our walk are the remains of  an old lead mine, which dates back to roman times. The resulting uneven landscape is locally known as gruffy ground. It is sprinkled with buddle pits (wash pits for lead ore). The children care little for the history when they can have fun jumping into them.

They play jokes on each other by walking along and then suddenly disappearing down the holes. These holes are deep enough to hide them. Their shouts and giggles could well have woken the dead romans. Whoops!

10 thoughts on “Down at the Gruffy Ground

  • Monday 11 October, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Look at the joy on your children’s faces. What fun they are having. 🙂

    • Monday 11 October, 2010 at 9:32 am

      They had so much fun. It always amazes me how much energy they have. They had already climbed hills and walked a good distance, but seeing them jump and leap, it was as if they had just rolled out of the car. Now if only I could tap into their energy sometimes……

  • Monday 11 October, 2010 at 3:44 am

    So lovely to come across your sweet blog. You have the same blog theme layout of WordPress as mine. It was so familiar to see it.

    • Monday 11 October, 2010 at 9:47 am

      Same theme, different location. I’m pleased it made you feel welcome.

    • Monday 11 October, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      I’ve just clicked your links and it looks like a good day out. Nothing like going underground to get a real feel for what it must have been like to work there. I love the look of the tor. Beautifully craggy. And you are right, the Romans were busy. They left so much evidence of their time in England.

  • Tuesday 12 October, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Wow! I would love to have played there as a child.

    • Tuesday 12 October, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      They had so much fun suddenly disappearing down the holes. I wish I had taken the camcorder. Our dog had her mad five minutes and was racing and leaping over the holes as the children appeared and disappeared down holes. Wonder if I can persuade them all to do it again for the camera.

  • Tuesday 12 October, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures – I love nature and Autumn and your photos go hand in hand for me – hope that makes sense?

    Nina x

    • Tuesday 12 October, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      Totally makes sense. My photos are just my way to document the little changes going on around me. I’m glad you like them.

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