Well, despite the rain falling in stair rods outside, it is officially summer and therefore the rugby (Union) is much reduced during the close season. Still plenty of opportunities for photographing 'people doin' stuff' though! Last weekend it was the annual Earthburn at English Heritage's Stott Park Bobbin Mill Museum, in the heart of the Lake District.
The earthburn is an old and traditional way of making charcoal. Put simply, it involves placing a stock of wood within a mound of earth, lighting and covering it with more earth and a layer of turf. This limits the supply of oxygen to the fire within, making it burn slowly.
In this particular burn, the fire was lit on Friday afternoon and monitored for two days before being extinguished and opened to reveal the charcoal on Sunday.
Regular readers will know this is the third Earthburn that ickledot has attended and, in terms of charcoal production it was possibly the best.
It was a great weekend with many other activities and crafts on display. Great news during the week following: the black and white picture above and at the top of this blog is hopefully going to be included in the next issue of the online Photoshop User Magazine!
Coming soon: pictures of the famous Oxenhope Straw Race!