Stockton on Tees ~ July 2018~ The Butterfly House

A little break from history and people. Stockton -on- Tees, not a name to conjure up images of steamy jungles or cocktails on the river boat. But Sophie and I know Stockton has an amazing huge glass building full of exotic blooms, plants and butterflies we just don’t see over here in the outside world. The chap who started it collected them from all over the world, and now they just perpetuate in Stockton, their ancestry is diverse, but these are many generations on so have British passports. 😀 😀 No funny captions, just some pretties to look at, so…

Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens~June 2018

Sophie and I decided to take photographs at Cheeseburn Grange, where they have open weekends a few times a year and the public can come along and wander the beautiful grounds and see the sculptures therein.  I told Clare over at The Mermaids Purse I was going and she asked me to write a report for her blog, “of course!” I blithely replied and she published it a little while ago. I’m rehashing it a bit for my own blog and posting it in the chronological order in the time-space continuum herein. 🙂 I have no idea what I’m talking about…

Botanical Gardens ~ May 2018 ~ Bluebell edition

The Botanical Gardens are surrounded by native woodlands, (as opposed to tourist woodlands? ) and when we were there the woods were absolutely carpeted with millions, or at least very many, bluebells. After doing the garden, and having lunch we went to photograph them.  Might have gone a bit OTT.  🙂 So here I’m going to have a bluebell~fest if you get bored just move along 🙂           Well you get the idea:). After that, we went back to the car. Now, regular readers who read  Part 1  will know we had to hand our registration number…

Durham Botanical Gardens ~ May 2018 ~ part 2

Part 1 HERE After we exited the hot glass house we toddled off around the grounds, So many different blossoms and blooms everywhere                 As the Gardens are part of the University Campus, on sunny days the students come here to study, or chat, or be romantic 🙂                 So that’s all for today folks, stay tooned for the Bluebell Woods just across from the Gardens.

Durham University Botanical Gardens~ May 2018

At the beginning of May, Sophie and I went off to the Botanical Gardens at Durham University.  I can’t say Durham is my favourite place to drive through (which you have to do to get to the gardens) as it’s olde worlde charm rapidly disappears when you have to navigate traffic bottlenecks on tiny roads on busy days. But we got to the gardens without too much stress and we were lucky enough to have a sunny day.  There’s a large carpark near to the back entrance and a notice in it telling visitors to the gardens that the car…

Alnwick Gardens ~ part 3 ~ flowers

Part 1 HERE.    Part 2 HERE Of course, a garden isn’t really a garden without flowers.  At the top of the central water cascade is where they’re all at, in a walled-off courtyard.  Plenty of tulips in bloom in April of course, all gloriously coloured, such happy flowers to see after a long grey winter.   a lovely magnolia was in bloom too,   always glad to get the macro lens out. Stay tooned folks, more to come. 🙂    

Castle Eden Dene~ April 2018 ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE After crossing the bridge we walked steadily down towards the burn (stream) and along the way I turned my lens on the little things along the way But also took some of the obviously very old trees On the way we came near to a road and could see this lovely building from it Rowland Burdon III, a merchant banker, purchased the manor of Castle Eden in 1758, and in about 1765, with the assistance of architect William Newton, built the house which came to be known as The Castle. The house has three storeys and a…

Fraggle Report- Castle Eden Dene- April 2018- Part 1

Last weekend Sophie and I  managed a day out at Castle Eden Dene, it stayed dry and it wasn’t too cold which was enough for us to get out and about.  Spring hadn’t quite arrived, but some flowers were popping up, and there were plenty of mosses and lichens for my new lens to have a look at. The Dene itself is the largest, and biologically the richest, of a series of deep ravines that have been incised by streams flowing into the North Sea through the Magnesian Limestone and overlying boulder clay of coastal Durham. It is the largest area…

Rising Sun Country Park ~ November 2017 ~ part 1

Although Autumn was just about over, and the temperature wasn’t that great, Sophie and I decided to wrap up warm and go for a walk around the Rising Sun Country park. There’s 162 hectares of nature reserve with ponds, woodlands and extensive grasslands; a farm and Countryside Centre, so we figured there’d be enough to point our cameras at.  No history lessons today, just a gentle walk to see what Mother Nature leaves for us when summer is over.                         half way round and there we’ll stop and have a…