Washington Old Hall~July 2016 part 3

Part 1.  Part 2.   Technically speaking these shots are from the Holy Trinity church right next door to the hall, but we did it on the same day so I’ve chucked it in with the Hall report. 🙂 The History Bit Holy Trinity Church is known locally as the ‘Church on the hill’ and has been central to Washington’s large parish for centuries. The oval mound on which it stands, once within a rounded enclosure, suggests the re-use of a pagan site. Rounded churchyards usually have Celtic origins. Unfortunately the Domesday Book (1086-7) excludes places north of the Tees and…

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…

Fraggle Report~ Washington Old Hall ~July 2016 ~part 1

It was a lovely day when Sophie and I went to visit Washington Old Hall which has a (tenuous) link to the 1st President of the USA, George Washington, I say tenuous as it is his ancestral home, but way back! The History Bit William de Hertburne, an ancestor of George Washington, assumed tenancy of the Wessyngtonlands from the Bishop of Durham for an annual fee of £4. Soon after, he changed his name to William de Wessyngton (later Washington). Although he used the Norman French spelling the estate is of Anglo-Saxon (specifically Anglic) origin, originally being “HwæssaingatÅ«n”, meaning “estates…

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…

Day 209~366

Orchids are not the easiest of things to grow apparently, but for a couple of years I had 4 plants of varying colours on my front windowsill, that bloomed regularly and lasted for ages when they did, with the minimum of interference from me. A bit of water now and then, a bit of orchid food now and then, and they were a happy little bunch. Then Storm & Skye came, and Storm, well, she was ill though we did not know it when we got her, and part of her illness made her eat strange things, like LP covers,…

Day 207~366

Still got this blinking cold, and fed up of having the sniffles 😦  Another cloudy dull day too, so back to creative lighting. Anyway at least I’ve been inspired to sort out my play room and made a table for doing macro’s and still life work. On which I made the shot for today, some acorns (nope! pine cones!!)I’ve kept from a trip to Eindhoven last year. They make fab shadows I think.