I’m going to digress from work occasionally here on the blog and make no apologies for it and although the common denominator will still be photography, it will be photography of a personal nature. The subject will most likely be either my family or my interests but the style of photography is mine and will, therefore, have a similar feel to my wedding work but without a bride and groom.

This weekend was a rare break in our summer wedding schedule and a great chance to spend some time with our girls. Living on Teesside as we do, the two of them have grown up having Roseberry Topping pointed out to them and not only is it one of the highest points around, it also has a distintive shark fin shape. Imagine how this appeals to both 4 and a 6-year-old girls with vivid imaginations. With their younger cousin, Isabelle, having made it to the summit a few weeks before, it didn’t take long for the girls to decide that this was where they wanted to go.

As a bit of background, the name Roseberry Topping derives from Othenesberg, Old Norse for the hill of Odin, and named by Viking invaders. The name changed successively to Othensberg, Ohenseberg, Ounsberry and Ouesberry before finally settling on Roseberry. Toppinn is Old Norse for hill but this became anglicised into Topping. Roseberry is apparentlythe only location in Britain to be overtly named after Odin, and as such, was clearly held in high regards by the Scandinavians. (For further information, the above information comes from a presentation taken from a book, published in 2006, by the local history group Great Ayton Community Archaeology and the landscape photographer Joe Cornish. The presentation can be found at the link here).

Within sight of the summit of Roseberry Topping is an obelisk, known as Captain Cook’s Monument. Captain James Cook, the famous explorer and navigator, was born in Marton, now part of nearby Middlesbrough, but moved to a farm just south of Roseberry Topping when he was still a boy. It may well be that his many trips up the mountain (it is over 1000 ft) helped formulate the sense of adventure and longing for far-off places that helped him achieve the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia. If so, let’s hope that something of the same spirit began to flicker within Amelia and Eleanor when they stood looking out from the summit,  and fires them on to set off on their own explorations when the time comes.

Back to the climb and considering their little legs, the two of them did really well and made it very ably to the top. Maybe it was the thought of the picnic looking out across to their home town of Billingham that kept them going or, more likely, the promise of an ice-cream when we arrived back at the car park.

Going down was a different kettle of fish and we took the direct route, sliding  on our backs down the grassy slope away from the main path. In the end, all the hard work was rewarded by  ice-creams all round and then it was back to Grandma and Grandad’s house to tell them about our exploits.

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