Fraggle Report~Hardwick Hall Country Park~June 2017~part 1

The History bit Hardwick Hall Country park is on land that was originally, in medieval times next to Hardwyck Manor, now Hardwick Hall Country Hotel. The 18th century saw dramatic change: a new hall was built, and a new owner—a wealthy businessman from Tyneside named John Burdon—began to develop the grounds. Burdon enhanced the 17-acre ornamental lake on the south side of the hall by adding an artificial river leading to it and encircling it with a walkway. In all, he laid out 40 acres of additional ornamental features, including temples, grottoes and follies designed primarily by London architect James…

Tees Cottage Pump Station~June 2017~finale

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE The building that the wheelhouse is in and the reservoir Had to take some pictures of the waterpipes, they ebb and flow as the pump is working Outside the building was parked a vintage car and on the other side, a vintage steam engine There was also a min railway you could ride on for a small fee, and this little chap waved at me when I took the picture there was also a small TV crew wandering round sussing the place out, Inside the engine rooms there were a lot of spinning…

The Hoppings~June 2017~Part 5

Part 1 HERE   Part 2 Here   Part 3 HERE   part 4 HERE The last part of The Hoppings series concludes with a battle, or rather a display by the army.  Actually I wasn’t quite sure what they were meant to be doing, but lots of army chaps charging about in vehicles, shooting and running about. All good fun. 🙂     Apparently this rocket launcher thingy can launch a rocket from Newcastle and precisely hit the football stadium in Middlesborough.  No need to shoot that far I thought, the Stadium of Shite in Sunderland would be a…

Poland April 2017~ part 2

Part 1 HERE Eddy’s home is set in a fair acreage of land, and the views from his balcony are stunning, so today I’ll show you the outside and around.       Eddy has a basement workshop where he saws wood and does manly DIY stuff, and Gosia makes soaps, After we had a look around the workshop, Eddy took us off to his shed to feed the goats and rabbits. The shed is huge! Eddy has two shed cats, we didn’t see Boris but Silvex was in-house   There are 6 lady goats whose names I can’t remember…

Fraggle Report ~ Poland April 2017~part 1

Here it is then 🙂 My trip to Poland came about when Eddy on his blog (which can be found HERE) offered a free weekend B&B if someone would take photo’s of the house for his website advertising the B&B, and then Pete (who’s blog can be found HERE) suggested Eddy asked me. To cut a long story short, 4 weeks later Phil and I set off for Krakow from Newcastle and arrived on a dark and stormy Friday night.  I recognised Eddy straight way as we came out of the airport though I’d never seen a picture of him before,and even though…

Bridges Over the River Tyne ~ Part 3

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE After we got to the end of the High Level Bridge it was time to go to lunch, and we found a fab little cafe called Long Play Cafe, as well as serving great food and coffee, they have a record deck and loads of music on vinyl which you can play if your sitting next to the deck After lunch we walked to the Swing Bridge and went across it and back again. The hydraulic power still used to move the bridge is today derived from electrically driven pumps. These feed a…

Washington Old Hall~July 2016 ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE On with the tour of Washington Old Hall. In part 1 we were in the kitchen and dining room and now move on to the panelled room, where there are some beautiful examples of carved oak furniture and a precious collection of delft ware spanning three centuries. and how about this for a recipe book?! In old English the “s” is written as “f” so when you are ftewing your Bullock cheeks, you are in effect, stewing them! On to the first floor where we find No. 5 The Old Hall, a recreation of the home of the Bone…

Farne Islands July 2016 ~ part 3

Part 1  Part 2 Apart from Puffins, Arctic Terns breed during the summer on Inner Farne, they attack you if you get too near their chicks by dive bombing your head, so it’s best to wear a hat. They are pretty though, baby sitting (you can just see the chick underneath mum) I got a herd of shots the year before of gulls and cormorants, so didn’t do too many this time, (concentrating on the in-flight puffin shots!) Peek-a-boo I see no ships Duck pond The weather was lovely so some nice blue skies and sea and then time to…

Farne Islands July 2016~part 2

Part 1 HERE So once we got to Inner Farne, we first came to the Arctic Terns, and their bambino’s Feed me now Seymour! but then we moved on to puffins! Some in-flight shots were attempted.. was quite pleased with these as they really zip along and I have to admit a fair few frames had just the tail end at the edge of the shot! Not an easy job! incoming! in the naughty corner If I don’t turn around maybe she won’t see I’ve got a gob load of fish Playing Hide and seek maybe they’ve forgotten about me…