Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – the Military Road follows Hadrian’s Wall from Heddon on the Wall to Greenhead.  For much of its length it as arrow straight. On its northern side, just beyond the Errington Arms at Stagshaw roundabout, sits this fine hemmel (it is about a mile east from here – it is also clearly visible on Google Street View).

Northumberland is a vast, wild landscape north of the Military Road. The county is almost empty all the way to the Scottish Borders – you must travel many miles north again before this wildness returns.

This building adds scale to the emptiness and puts the distances in perspective:

The Hemmel

(click on the image to enlarge)

I want it to be known that I suffer for my ‘art’ 🙂  Having taken a steaming hot shower I then went out on the motorbike + camera when the wind chill factor must have been somewhere near zero degrees – not a good idea. I am still not entirely recovered 24 hours later 😦


  1. Shane Francescut · March 9, 2014

    YES! This is a fantastic shot. The building, its positioning in the scene, the two birds frozen in time (and possibly in body if it was near zero), everything about this image is spectacular. You should hang this one on your wall, it’s absolutely frame-worthy.

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2014

      Many thanks Shane – I have an affinity with these buildings. Our front room is a converted hemmel and we sleep in the cow byre (converted 🙂 )

      • Shane Francescut · March 9, 2014

        That sounds really cool. I have an affection for old stone buildings as well.

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  3. LaVagabonde · March 9, 2014

    You suffere, but it’s worth it. 🙂

    • LaVagabonde · March 9, 2014

      Oops, I meant “suffer”, but maybe my spelling is Olde English?

      • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2014

        Thanks Julie, good to know it was worth it. Methinks me developed a touch of ye olde palsy 🙂

  4. restlessjo · March 9, 2014

    Your devotion has been noted, Robin 🙂 Commiserations. Can I have the colour version next time, please, the better to admire your perspective?

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2014

      Your every wish etc – if you search on NE45 5QB in Google Earth and then go 1/2 mile along the Military Road/B6318, drag the little man to the gap in the hedge and you can see the same view in glorious summer sunshine 🙂

      • restlessjo · March 9, 2014

        Too kind! 🙂 Get well soon.

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  6. Tina Schell · March 9, 2014

    A lovely pastoral image. I too love the birds in the shot!

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2014

      Thanks Tina – It took about 12 exposures to get those darn birds 🙂 The joys of digital v film.

  7. suej · March 9, 2014

    Your suffering, and patience with those well-placed birds was completely worth it, Robin….

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2014

      Thanks Sue, those birds were just right (eventually) and I promise I didn’t paste them on after.

      • suej · March 9, 2014

        Ah! Are you sure?

      • northumbrianlight · March 10, 2014

        Honest, honest…..if you enlarge and look near the ground there are two more.

  8. Cate Franklyn · March 9, 2014

    The beauty of this landscape stems from its starkness. I hope you feel better and warm up soon, you’re art needs to go outside again.

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2014

      Many thanks Cate – I am on the mend. I get lots of attention and sympathy even though it was self-inflicted. I am chief cook and when cook is unwell the good lady starves 🙂

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  13. meticulousmick · March 10, 2014

    Was in the UYK yesterday for a balmy 18 C. Spring is here. MM 🍀

    • northumbrianlight · March 10, 2014

      The sun is out here today as well but it is nowhere near 18 C. I bet you weren’t in the NE.

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  15. littledogslaughed · March 10, 2014

    Excellent shot Robin-between the building, the few birds and the vastness of the landscape, you have done a wonderful job of conveying the isolation of the area-

    • northumbrianlight · March 10, 2014

      Thanks so much Meg – we are lucky to live in such lovely county.

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  18. lavendermoongirlblog · March 12, 2014

    The sense of isolation and the rugged landscape seems enhanced by black and white. It was worth it! I hope you’re okay now. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · March 12, 2014

      Thanks, pleased to know it was worth all the agony and suffering 🙂 I am fine now thanks.

  19. Malin H · March 20, 2014

    Great post, Robin – as usual.
    And I feel sorry for you…. I really hope that you are doing fine now.

    Hugs from Sweden might help. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · March 20, 2014

      Many thanks Malin, fully recovered now and back on the Ducati – Swedish hugs always work ❤ 😀

      • Malin H · March 20, 2014

        I’m so happy to hear that you are doing well! 🙂

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