Saturday, 17 February 2018

Year of the Dog

My main intention on Friday was to go and see the Chinese New year celebrations that were being held in Carlisle city center, apparently it's the year of the dog according to the Chinese zodiac.  This was a very colourful and entertaining event with lots of crowd participation and impromptu lesson's for the younger members of the crowd although some of the older ones got involved too. It turned out to be a lovely day but cold at times. Full credit must go to Tully House Museum for organizing the event, definitely one to be repeated next year.

These two little guys were totally carried away with the event, I had as much fun watching them as I did the performers.

After the parade I had time to wander round some of the old parts of the city centre.

The Kings Head, in Fisher Street

Theses are on the gates at the main entrance to the cathedral.


This tree trunk looks like giant legs

The Fratry 

West Walls

As the Langholm skyline is blighted with the scaffolding on the Erskine Church.........
Courtesy of Gavin Graham
......Carlisle has to suffer the derelict Central Hotel near the city centre, It's a disgrace buildings are allowed to get to this state.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Not Much Action.

Due to the dataminers being a little bit less active this month due to the cold weather, I've been concentrating on putting church magazines on to the Archive Website. I phoned Tootlepedal to see if I could pop down and pick up some more magazines and he said I could and there would be coffee and treacle scones waiting for me courtesy of Dropscone. I didn't stay too long and left them to continue with their conversation, it was also good to see Tootle pedal is recovering well from his latest injuries. Before I left we arranged to go for a stroll in the afternoon.

Tootlepedal picked me up at the arranged time then we headed up to the bird feeders to see if  there was much action, but there wasn't.

Bird on the Wire

Chaffinch looking hungerly at one of the feeders.

decisions, decisions.

After a brief twenty minutes we decided to go and view the snowdrops at Holmhead. We stopped off at the Kilngreen as Tootlepedal wanted to try and get a shot of a flying seagull.....

........but most of them were perched on a fence post each enjoying the sunshine.

Mr drake admiring his reflection .

 Tried to capture the crop of cones on the higher branches but doesn't quite work

The light on the trees along the Lodge Walks was quite striking.

A change from a flying bird.

Good to see estate workers planting new hardwood trees.

Holmhead snowdrops


An attractive section of wall
 I just loved the silhouette of the holy leaves on the trunk.

More felling

Getting prepared to regenerate.

Inspector Moss.

Through the tunnel

A feeble attempt at macro.

This seriously needs addressed.

It's been a day for sunlit trees

A burning bush

Onward and downward.

We returned to the car and Tootlepedal kindly took me home.