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Friday, December 09, 2016

Taffs Well sky

This was dawn this morning, what's the saying,
" red sky at night shepherds delight, red sky in the morning shepherds warning"

and the forecast for tomorrow is not  good.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


A trip up to London and a visit to Greenwich.

 The Cutty Sark is looking good after its restoration following the fire.

The Naval College is very imposing and the main walkways are all colonnaded, presumably to keep the old admirals and sea lords dry. 

The chapel is beautiful and the picture doesn't really do it justice, because when you look at the decorated ceiling, its done in such a way that you get a 3D effect.

I usually pack a camera but this time I forgot so these are phone pictures.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Medieval views

Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

It dates back to the 13th Century and was once the home of Fox Talbot the photographic pioneer.  It houses probably the oldest photograph negative which dates back to 1835. The camera equipment in the museum ranges from the very early plate glass cameras through to today's equipment.

And some Harry Potter scenes were filmed here!!

These were taken on my phone, but have a look at Suza's  blog to see some really good mobile phone pictures. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Autumn leaves

Whilst we dont have the range of colours of a North American Fall, its our Autumn.

These were taken at Dyrham Park just outside of Bath.

Its a good walk wandering through the grounds and gardens, let alone a trip through the house.  There are plenty of things to keep the children amused too.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Millennium Cycle Route

The section we cycled was from Swansea Bay to Pembrey Park and back.

Crossing the Lougher river

The first part here is the Burry estuary but then it opens out and you get fabulous empty beaches.

Pembrey park has a dry ski slope and toboggan run

Swansea council have planted wildflowers everywhere, they are on the central reservations of the roads enter the city and here alongside the trail.  I wish more local authorities did this.

Its well worth doing this ride especially on a sunny day, its flat and mostly on trails.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Harvest Moon, with sweet peas

and thanks to Neil Young, and to Suzanne, for the prompt

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Leafy Surrey

We parked up at Horsley Campsite for a few days to visit the RHS [Royal Horticultural Society] at Wisley as they had the September flower show on.  Horsley is only about 5 miles from Wisley and the RHS had laid on free buses from Horsley station, well they charge enough at the entrance to make up for it.

Spending a day here hardly does it justice, and really you need to come back  regularly to take it all in and to see it throughout the seasons.

Inside the large green house.

The original house and grounds

After the show, the next day we had a wander around Guildford.  The local Tourist Information had a leaflet on a heritage walk around the city and was well worth it.  Lots to see.

The old Guildhall 

Guildford Castle and grounds.

Lewis Caroll, lived here for a while so there are a few statues to Alice in Wonderland around the place.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Taffs Well Inn

Bathed in early morning sunshine 

A long time since posting and what with the summer and things happening the Blog muse has deserted me.  All credit to those who keep posting no matter what.  

I had a new mobile and all my Google photos sync'd and took up loads of space so I deleted them and consequently have lost the photos from some of my old posts.  So in future I will store all my photos on the PC and not with Google  I haven't actually lost any as they were backed up elsewhere,  just those that were sync'd with Google and on the blog. 

Synchronising a/cs is handy ....but not for everything !!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

St Swithin's Day

St Swithins day

St Swithins day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithins day if thou be fair
For forty days'twill rain nae mare

Well it rained all day so at the moment it doesn't look good for the rest of the summer.

No bike rides or walks just a day spent reading and looking out of the window.

Here's an avocado that I grew from a stone.

Our Christmas tree which happily lives in the back yard.

Well I've just seen the forecast for next week and it's looking good with temperatures in the mid to high 20's.

Where is St. Swithin!!!!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Down the Bay for an ice cream

Always a favourite ride, and as it was sunny I took my old bike, which is about 35 years old, for a spin.  Its a lovely ride as its so light, but its not up to the cycling I do now.

See the route on the LHS

1980 Raleigh Competition.
I've changed the gearing all round to make it more rideable for me.  Its a 34 /13 on the rear and a 48/34 chainset.  I've kept all the original stuff, just in case I decide to sell it.

Parks are now leaving verges uncut and this was lovely with the cornflowers out.

This used to be a pitch and putt area but now a meadow.

The old Custom House along with the new developments.  Apparently cardiff Bay is one of the largest waterside areas in Europe.

The goal!!