The Swiss Gardens ~ July 2017 ~ part 4

Part 1.    Part 2.   Part 3. The Swiss Gardens are also home to 3 peacocks, I couldn’t help taking more shots than necessary, but they are such beauties he’s in here somewhere they were moulting, so I got a couple of feathers Helen found on the ground. We had a wander around the woodlands surrounding the lake, and came across some wood carvings the little house was about knee height Next time we’ll be back in the main grounds seeing more little buildings and follies, so stay tooned!    

The Swiss Gardens~ part 2

Part 1. The Swiss garden tour begins here, though really we just wandered around being amazed at the scope of it, so many odd things to see that you don’t expect in a garden, and everywhere was beautiful. dog heads on benches were a thing we saw in yesterdays post, here’s another one but eagles were a bit of a thing too only one lion spotted though (do they have lions in Switzerland one wonders,) and a fishy fountain looking grumpy as there isn’t any water and then there’s this huge urn and another and a font parked up and…

Fraggle Report ~ The Swiss Gardens at Shuttleworth ~ July 2017

Still down in Bedfordshire, dog sitting for Ben, and the visit to the Swiss Gardens was my second day out shooting with Helen.  There will be a few parts to this report as the Garden is huge, staggeringly beautiful, and I took a lot of photo’s of it. 🙂 The History Bit Back in the 1820’s, holidaying in the Swiss Alps was a bit of a thing, and inspired a fascination for all things Swiss.  A rather well-to-do young man who happened to be the 3rd Baron of Old Warden, Lord Ongley, whose family had owned the estate since the…

Jordan’s Mill~ July 2017 ~Part 3

Some more photo’s of the garden at Jordans Mill, they did have some gorgeous flowers,   and also grew fruit Not sure if these are wheat, rye or corn black tomatoes are a thing too after the gardens we took a walk along the banks of the River Ivel, will do that next so stay tooned!  

River Tyne Cruise~July 2017~ end bit

After the cruise, we wandered about the Quayside and went to get some lunch. The Tyne bridge, apart from being an icon in it’s own right, is also famous in bird land for being the home of choice for kittiwakes to nest upon.  As the ledges they use are quite slim & perilous, one has to wonder at their bravado, or is that dimness? The chicks fall off onto the roads sometimes, and as it’s before they’ve figured out what wings are for, they perish by being run over, or just starve.  Their parents don’t seem to bother, we realised…

River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017 ~ part 3

Part 1 Part 2 Nearly back to our starting point now, and some old industrial buildings on the river bank, and then the newer Hilton Hotel The sage, some boats and some dolly birds 🙂 worth 2 views of the Sage, it is amazing! The Baltic Flour Mill, now converted into a gallery for contemporary art, and some people on the Millennium bridge That’s it for the river cruise, but we took a few of the quayside as well, so will do those next time. Stay tooned! 🙂  

River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017~part 2

Part 1 HERE Travelling up the Tyne we saw plenty of birds, and I got lucky to catch a shot of a heron Back in 2012, the BAE plant, previously Vickers-Armstrong, on the river was a closed down with the loss of 300 or so jobs. It’s now been taken over by the Reece group,had a £20 million revamp and it’s 500 workers manufacture equipment including tank parts, sub-sea products and pot-hole repair technology. More bridges We saw what looked like racehorses in a dubious looking stable building there had to be a pub at some point and these reminded me…

Teeside Nature Reserve~July 2017~part 2

part 1 HERE The nature reserve has, as you’d expect, a fair amount of wild flowers. The reserve is home to 4 different types of marsh orchids, but I only spotted 3 the burnet moths were quite fond of them always there are dandelions and buttercups and pink grassy stuff and finally some poppies the nature reserve is right on the coast, so next time we’ll have a look round there. Stay tooned!

Fraggle Report- Teeside Nature Reserve-July 2017

Sophie and I had an epic trip out a couple of weekends back. Ostensibly we went to see the Nature reserve, and maybe the seals at Seal Sands, which we did, but then did a tour of the huge industrial estate next to the reserve, stopping to take photo’s along the way, until at the end a nice man came out of a guard box and told us we weren’t allowed in there let alone to take photo’s :). He then pointed out that the rules were a bit daft as anyone with google earth could see the whole shebang…