Washington Wetland Center – October 2019

After we’d visited NELSAM we still had a couple of hours of daylight so decided to visit WWT Washington Wetland Centre as it was only up the road from the museum and is always good for birds and otters. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust started out in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, and was set up by Sir Peter Scott, (son of Scott of the Antarctic).  Peter became an Olympic sailing medallist and a well-known painter and broadcaster. He created the IUCN red list which measures whether species are threatened or endangered. He was the founding chair of WWF – and even drew…

Cragside – Rhododendrons June 2019

It’s cold here in the UK, the summer flowers have gone and the autumn leaves blown away, so let’s take a walk through the estate at Cragside and remember warmer times. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson   “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature”. Steve Maraboli “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Laura Ingalls Wilder “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”…

France ~ May 2019 ~ The Watermill ~ part 2

Part 1 HERE The inside of the watermill was very cozy, so I took a few shots 🙂 Nicola had left us some nibbles and cider for when we arrived. A cool kitchen and some natty eggcups in the cupboard! The snug where we sat to watch DVD’s in the evening The bathroom and our bedroom had views out into the garden Around the outside of the mill was lovely too And we made new friends Marmalade would come for tickles as long as we were outside and Fatcat stomped indoors whenever we were there and sat on Phils knee…

Raby Castle ~ August 2018 ~ The Deer Park.

EXTERIOR…..PART 1 HERE   PART 2 HERE.   PART 3 HERE INTERIOR…….PART 1 HERE ~ Entrance Hall, Chapel, Baron’s Hall. INTERIOR……PART 2 HERE ~ Small drawing room, Octagon Room, Dining Room INTERIOR…….PART 3 HERE ~ Blue bedroom, Servants bedroom, Kitchen, Servants dining room.   We are finishing our time at Raby with a walk around the estate to see the deer, but first, we went to lunch.  The Stables have been converted into a cafe and Sophie and I had a table in one of the horse’s booths or whatever they’re called. Stalls maybe I think. Anyway, I had a very trendy lunch of avocado…

Raby Castle – August 2018 – Exterior~part 3

Part 1 HERE  Part 2 HERE Now the history is out of the way, lets have a few more pictures around the outside of the castle. The south front of the castle has views over the lake   and from the terrace we could also see some of the deer grazing   as we walked up to the castle, looking back we could see the greenhouse and a little cottage perhaps for the groundsman we also saw some more deer in the distance The castle has a huge herd of deer on the estate, which Sophie and I decided to…

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport~ Part 4

Part 1 HERE     Part 2 HERE   Part 3 HERE   Coming to the end of our day out now and first off some WW1 Nurses There were quite a few horse-drawn buggies with WW1 re-enactors driving them           as well as the odd motor vehicle and a genuine WW1 airplane, though it might need some restoration yet We had lunch in one of the cafe’s   and rode on this bus to take ‘aerial’ shots 🙂     They had some horses ploughing fields and I used my telephoto to take some pictures of the horses and…

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE We came across a lot of horses, and people whilst we wandered around the museum The 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1759 and notable for its participation in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. These chaps were acting the part.   They also had a WW1 canteen up and running   All images can be embiggened by clicking on them, where they look much bigger. And better. 😀 Stay tooned more to come. 🙂 SaveSave

Beamish Museum ~ WW1 ~ Horses Edition ~ April 2018 ~ part 1

In April 2016 Sophie and I went along to the WW1 Vehicles & Steam fair at Beamish Museum.  On checking their website we found that this year they were doing horses of WW1.  The horses were not 100 years old of course, but there were people were all dressed up in period costume and showing how horses were used back then, so off we went to ride the trams and take photo’s of everything. The Circle is our favourite tram, and Sophie and I really want to sit on the balcony bit at the top there, but so far we…

Herrington Country Park~ March 2018~part 4

Part 1           Part 2            Part 3 So on we go over the dinosaur rib cage and back towards the lake, alongside a rivulet where we watched a swan doing it’s thing   Back at the car park we came across a hound meeting I think they were Beagles after googling doggy pictures. Saw this cute little lad at the cafe while we had lunch and then after lunch, back to the lake for more birdy shots We watched a seagull fighting a tern for some bread Birds on a buoy…