Snow at last.

Snow on this Beech Hedge and down the Lanes behind our village of New Longton. As someone who enjoys taking outdoor photos the pro...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Snow at last.

Snow on this Beech Hedge and down the Lanes behind our village of New Longton.

As someone who
enjoys taking outdoor
photos the prospect of a few
flakes of snow arriving is
usually enough to get me a little
bit excited.So when it did
come down and actually settle
early in February I quickly
donned all the right clothes
and set out for a walk to try
and capture it.

The teasels I left in the garden  
Looking up the back garden, just a light covering of snow

Well here's the reason I dashed back to the local shop for digestive biscuits!

The path through the woods , were you can see and hear Nuthatches and Woodpeckers.

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A female Nuthatch
Here is the More brightly coloured  Male

Monday, 2 October 2017

David Lloyd George and Llansumdewy.

  In a little quiet village on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales 
there lies Buried,one of England's Greatest and most famous Prime Ministers, David Lloyd George.

He didn't want to be buried in London or anywhere else but in a favourite place, that he knew and loved as a child .
It is in the village of Llansumdewy , a tiny little place and it was here that as a new widow his mother brought her family, to live with her mother and shoemaker brother, in the late years of the 1800s. It was here also  that  David learned, from his mentor and Uncle,  all the values he was to hold onto in his later political career.
I confess that before our visit here I knew little about his life other than the basics but since then I have read up on him and he is totally fascinating . He definitely liked the ladies and was never short of female company. This probably stems from the fact that his mother and sister did everything for him but he was a kind man by all accounts and very loving Father. The greatest tragedy of his life was when his young daughter of 14 died of a burst appendix. He never really got over this as they were very close.
We had a great weekend in and around the Llyn  Peninsula ,as we celebrated 40 years of marriage , revisiting places we'd not seen for a good few years and new ones too.                                                                                                                                                      
The Grave on the banks of the river

The back garden of the cottage he lived in  growing up with his Uncle



His statue in Caernarfon 

views from the castle in Caernarfon

In the David Lloyd George museum

The famous castle in Caernarfon

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Beatrix Potters Rainbow

 Sis and I spent 3 days last week
enjoying the quietness of Bowness and Windermere that the Autumn season brings to the Lakes now
the crowds have returned to their home towns and are no doubt on the countdown to the festive season.
What a wonderful Autumn of colour we have  had this year and on our second day we walked from Windermere to Far Sawrey which was the Home of Beatrix Potter for many years .
The woods were lush with the beautiful leaves and mosses ,berries and birds and we only saw a couple of people on our whole afternoon out.
After a well earned lunch, which was delicious, at the Tower Bank arms we emerged to be greeted with one of the most scenic views we have ever witnessed of a rainbow ... a perfect way to leave such a pretty place.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A New Year...A new start
Lets forget last year ...horrible but bearable with the help of my special friends and my sister and her lovely family. So onwards and upwards as they say !
Kitty the lovely little Tabby cat that turned up in the garden Nov 2014 is a firm member of the family much to Ollie's disgust but our delight. She is so soft and loving and is my companion in the study as I write this .

So we have lots of plans in store this year ,changes being made and places to go and also to  just go with flow, as last year showed us that you haven't got a hell of a clue what's waiting round the corner! Certainly showed me that !

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Donald Campbell and Blue Bird!

The Steam Gondola on Coniston Lake

The lovely new Bluebird cafe at Coniston 

Me with a memorial to Donald

Bronze statue of Donald at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston

The boat that Donald hoped to develop but died before he could do so

A small part of the damaged Bluebird that was recovered from Lake Coniston

They hope to one day display the rebuilt Bluebird here

By the river in Coniston

Me at the Memorial to Donald and the Bluebird Team
After reading Tonia Bern Campbell's  book about the fascinating but turbulent marriage she had to Donald Campbell ,the  Speed King of the 50s and 60s I became very keen to find out more and so dragged Peter off to Coniston .
This of Course is where he died in an attempt to take the water speed record to over the magic 300mph back in 1967 with terrible consequences.The famous Bluebird took off and flipped up and over and sank to the bottom of Coniston.
No Trace was found of Donald and he lay on the bottom of the lake until, finally, he and the remains of the boat were lifted from the deep and murky waters in 2001.
 He is buried in Coniston cemetery.
But it was the story behind the man that really fascinated me and I can only say he was one of lifes risk taking adventurers and I am sure a man who was always looking for that elusive something!
In the 1960s anything to do with Donald made headlines, he was a big star of the day but just like the press do with Richard Branson today they were quick to criticise and mock his attempts. However like his famous father Sir Malcolm Campbell  before ,him he tried to give Great Britain something to be proud off.
It makes for a great , if not poignant, day out as there are many places to visit associated with the Bluebird and you can always end up in the Sun Hotel or the Black Bull pub to warm up, both places were where Donald and the team spent many hours in!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Wildlife in the Lanes

 Coming back from doing the shopping yesterday, I took the route on my bike that bypasses the busy roads and instead used the green lanes the wind around the back of New Longton.
 I was hoping to see wildlife as I had taken my camera and I was not disappointed.
First there were a pair of Buzzards criss-crossing the fields in search of a snack,then a kestrel made an appearance hovering after some prey.
The berries were showing in abundance so there is a good crop for the birds to feed up on before winter.
I spotted a couple of rabbits but they both looked unwell and I fear they have that horrible disease Myxomatosis .The countryside may look lovely but its not all good out there!
Back home the warm sunshine also saw butterflies visiting the garden and settling on the ripe apples.
The flowers are going over but I spotted these pretty violas looking lovely.
The Peacock was from Ruthin Castle grounds where the roam in beautiful seclusion and can be seen putting on a lovely display .

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