Not so much shadowed as dwarfed!

Not so much shadowed as dwarfed!

Lost him!

Lost him!

I had little intention of clambering to the heights of Penshaw Monument when I set out for my walk on Monday.  It was blowing a gale, for one thing!  But blue sky and the temptation to ‘see for miles’ got the better of me.

You can even climb to the top, in Summer!

You can even climb to the very top, by a hidden staircase, in Summer

It didn’t last long before the rain gusted in, but it was good while it lasted.  And how else would I meet the weekly challenge?


  1. This is an incredible monument. And that first photo is mesmerizing. I love the way the gentleman could be easily overlooked in such a powerful structure, but instead he becomes a riveting focus to me. I think it’s a wonderful photo,Jo! You take some wonderful photos in some absolutely stunning locations. 🙂

  2. What terrific photos, Jo! The lightening and the shadows are marvelous. England is most definitely full of whimsical places, and I love seeing how you showcase some of those spots!

      1. It sure is and it’s a good thing then. 😀

        You’re very welcome and wishing you a great weekend as well. 😀 ♥

  3. This is totally new to me, what a highlight, Jo! Hope the New Year started well, being good to you and yours.
    Lost of love from the Four of us, Dina xo

    1. It was a whim, Poppy! We were with our walker friends in the country park below and when we finished quite a short walk I just couldn’t resist dragging Mick up there. He was ever so grateful 🙂 🙂

    1. Me too, Andrew. It’s usually grey and miserable when I’m up that way, and it would have been crazy on the roof on Monday but of course it’s not open till Easter 🙂

    1. If we’re driving northwards we often pass it, in the distance, Elizabeth. I guess you take what’s on your doorstep (well, half hour away) for granted, but it’s very often shrouded in grey. I enjoyed being up there on such a clear day but it was wild! 🙂

  4. Gosh Jo you are full of surprises. I have never heard of this place either. Will have a look tomorrow. Just wanted to say that Michael looks totally overshadowed by those pillars! Great photos 🙂

    1. I think he was looking for a warm spot, Jude 🙂 Fat chance, but the views are great! We pass it if we’re going north but it’s most often on a distant hill and looking grey. We were walking with the group in the country park below and when they set off home I dragged Mick up there.
      Hadn’t even thought about the challenge. Thanks, hon! 🙂

  5. This monument is like the remains of a Roman empire, Jo! Wow! I am impressed this is so close to your home and so ancient looking, too. Penshaw Monument may have to look up its history. Thanks for these shadowed views, Jo!

  6. Some people would say that there is a certain eccentricity in wanting to climb to the top of a hill on a windy day, which I see as quite appropriate in these circumstances. After all someone eccentric thought it would be a good idea to build a “replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens” (as you do) on top of a hill near Sunderland… and why not.
    Excellent photos, I especially like the last pic and the use of perspective which you are particularly good at.

    Meanwhile… up here in the Highlands we have lots and lots (and lots) of snow. Yeahh!!!
    Happy New Year. Yeahh!!


    1. Mark! I feel so guilty because I haven’t been to yours since ‘Adam was a lad’! Should have known you’d be pulled in by Penshaw 🙂 Beautiful though it undoubtedly is, you can keep your snow- I’m a softie! We’re just at the hard frost stage.and that’s bad enough for us oldies 🙂 I’ll pop in and see you when I’ve struggled out from the weight of my Inbox- promise! Meantime, have a terrific 2015 and thanks for your visit and kind words.

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