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Monday, 4 June 2018

Sunday Stroll.


Apart from doing some odd jobs around the house I spent a very lazy Sunday in front of the TV. By late afternoon I decided to get off my backside and go for a stroll round the Lodge Walks. After the recent spell of sunny warm weather followed by showers the vegetation was at it's best.








I passed over the Duchess Bridge....

.....and stopped to admire the view upstream.

I passed the soaring Eagle which seemed to be keeping a hungry eye on.....

.......this small flock of sheep on the Castleholm.

This azalea is quite eye-catching and goes well with the green.

I passed the South Lodge......

....and made my back into town past the Kilngreen where the annual Muckle Toon Adventure Festival is being well advertised.

Recently brightly decorated bicycles have appeared at various locations in the town, and I suspect they are in conjunction with the adventure festival, I must congratulate who ever came up with this idea as it brightens up the town no end at a time when spirits need to be lifted, and if I was a stranger passing through I would seriously be tempted to stop and explore the place.


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Holiday Snaps

Most of today's photos are from a recent trip to Gran Canaria. This a very relaxing holiday with plenty of sunshine and refreshments. My travel companions were George and Kenny and we were joined by Kenny's brother Cliff and his friend Paddy. This is an Island that I will certainly visit again sometime in the future, it offers fabulous beaches and spectacular mountain drives of which Kenny, Cliff  and I took the advantages of  a day trip into the mountains. 
Hotel pool in the evening.

There were some stunning gardens and houses.




There was some clever beach artists


I loved this bird of paradise plant.

We enjoyed an afternoon at Puerto Mogan, soaking up the sunshine and tasting the local fair


Mt travel companions.

This fish platter was meant for two.


The following shots are a selection from our mountain trip. It was a bit of a whistle stop tour, pausing in one or two villages for at the most 30 minutes but it was nice to see the rural part of Gran Canaria. One village which was quite intriguing because the houses looked quite normal but they were fronts to caves, a modern way of primitive living you could say.











Since I've been home I've had time to visit the Weeping Window of poppies which is currently on display at Carlisle Castle.......

.......preceded by a visit to Haddington where I spent a very pleasant afternoon sitting outside the Waterside Inn reading and watching a family of swans.


Thursday, 5 April 2018

Nothing Interesting

It was nice to wake up to sunshine this morning after having spent a rather cold and wet Easter at Beverley, but apart from the weather it was nice to spend time with Cliff and Margaret, who are excellent hosts. My travelling companion was Cliffs’ brother Kenny who kindly did the driving. We were rerouted due to an accident on the A66 which took us through the north Yorkshire Dales which would have been very pleasant any other time but when you want to get from A to B quick as possible it was a bit of a bind. We arrived but unfortunately the weather made photography rather difficult.....

......but I did like this one of Beverley Market Place


It was my turn to fill the feeders at the moorland station this morning and Tootlepedal kindly accompanied me and after filling the feeders  we spent some time in the hide hoping for something interesting to come along, but as busy as it was nothing interesting came along. 







It was nice to see some frog spawn appear in the little pond that was created adjacent to the hide.

After lunch I took a run out locally to see if I could make use of the good weather and get some local landscape shots on the Sorbie road which connects the Ewes valley with Westerkirk.

These are the results