Saturday, 9 December 2017


I've watched the film Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for the first time.
It's taken me a week to watch it on Youtube.


Half an hour an evening for seven days... really enjoyed it.

For me it's fascinating to hear he once worked for a few weeks in Northwich.
My home Town.


Sunday, 26 November 2017

T.E.Lawrence............ Lawrence of Arabia worked in my home town Northwich

I have just discovered T.E Lawrence once worked in my home town of Northwich


One of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th century he was Lawrence of Arabia.
A man whose life and death was shrouded in mystery.
His real name was Thomas Edward Lawrence a British soldier who found everlasting fame through organising an Arab revolt against the Turks during the First World War.


Lawrence turned up in Northwich... a visit that that created quite a stir even though it was supposed to be a well guarded secret. He arrived under the name of Aircraftman T.E Shaw one of three representatives of the Air Ministry who were there to supervise trials of the Royal Air Force Auxiliary "Aquarius" built at Yarwoods dockyard in Navigation Road. 

He stayed for three weeks in the Crown and Anchor Hotel in the High Street.


He was a slightly built man in civilian clothes in height about 5ft- 6ins tall and I believe he weighed just over seven stones.
The local press did get hold of the story but not until he had left town.

I have visited his home in Dorset... Clouds Hill and his final resting place at Morten.





Friday, 14 July 2017

Common Seals.............................. seen on my boat trip from Kylesku Scotland

I've had a wonderful stay at the Kylesku Hotel.

They do boat trips from the old ferry jetty... replaced by the bridge in 1984.
The seals were on a small island close to the jetty.

 Common Seals



The next two images aren't mine but show how wonderful the bridge looks... 
...one of the most scenic in the world.
 Opened by the Queen in 1984.

 The skipper took us under the bridge on our trip.

My car with the bridge behind... 1,500 miles in a week on my road trip... she never missed a beat.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

I've just added a new camera to my kit bag.............................. and it's amazing


 It's a Nikon 1 J5


It can shoot stills at 60 frames per second... continuous AF at 20 fps.

I've only just charged her up... so will update my thoughts and some images soon.
I've also bought the 30-110 lens.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

John Lewis Christmas advert......................................................................... 2016

I have shared the John Lewis stores Christmas advert for a few years.

This years was launched today on Youtube it's already had millions of views.
Wonderful to watch as always.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

More images.............................................................. of the Tatton Park Red Deer

A few more deer images I captured the other day... weather permitting I will be there back tomorrow.

This big fella was running up and down chasing off young stags.

He was protecting his small harem.

It should be fun to watch when some of the other big stags get involved.

Lovely animals to watch... from a distance.

Or close up if you bump into one in the woodlands.

 Tatton Park is also home to a herd of Fallow Deer.

A bit shyer than the Reds... this one strutted slowly up to me before deciding to rush past.

Linking to Saturday's Critters

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Cute Coot.............................................................................. Tatton Park Cheshire

It wasn't just the deer I went to see at Tatton Park yesterday... I always take in the two large lakes.

This little Coot was one of many enjoying the Autumn sunshine on Melchett Mere.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, 3 October 2016

Fun day watching the Red Deer...................................................... at Tatton Park

I've just had a wonderful afternoon watching the Red Deer at Tatton Park.
Just a few weeks from the serious deer rut... some of the big boys were doing their stuff.

 More images to share soon.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Ludlow............................................................. what a beautiful old English town

We've just had a wonderful few days away visiting the medieval town of Ludlow.
Ludlow is only 75 miles from home so not too long a drive.

 Our Hotel... The Cliffe at Dinham
Its sells itself as a restaurant with rooms.. the food was delicious.

A short stroll from the hotel is a bridge over the River Teme and this wonderful view of the castle.
Ludlow Castle was built by the Normans between 1066 and 1085.

Ludlow Market Square just a few yards from the castle entrance.
Ludlow market has been in place in front of the castle for over 900 years.
There are many Tudor and Georgian buildings in the town... I hope to share more images soon.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

My baby garden Robin is starting to look like........................................ a Robin!

I have been so lucky to have two juvenile Robins in the garden this year.

The red breast feathers are now appearing and they are starting to look like Robins.
Scroll down my posts to see them as youngsters... my header shows an adult.

Wild Bird Wednesday

Sunday, 31 July 2016

A video clip of the juvenile Robin in my garden............. enjoying the sunshine

This years Robin chick preening in my garden on a hot summers day.

Lovely to watch... sorry no sound because of all the lawn mowers etc.
Sunday mornings aren't so quiet anymore.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Juvenile Robins................................................................................. in my garden

I have two lovely little juvenile Robins feeding in my garden.

It won't be too long before they start to moult and get their red breast feathers.

...just like the adult on my header.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, 4 July 2016

Enjoying the morning sunshine................. the juvenile Blackbird in my garden

I had a doctors appointment this morning so instead of setting off on my early commute to work I had the chance to spend a bit of time in the garden... and the sun was shining.

The juvenile Blackbird in my garden looks like it doesn't want to leave.

I can get really close to it  (see my last post).

Still letting Dad know he wants help finding food... I've only seen the male attending it.
I'm home now after a long day... and it's raining!
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Sunday, 3 July 2016

The juvenile Blackbird in my garden.................................................. sunbathing

The juvenile Blackbird in my garden has been enjoying the sunshine.

I've often seen adult Blackbirds doing it (and Robins) but never a youngster.
Wonderful behaviour.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

The juvenile Blackbird in my garden is doing well................................................

The juvenile Blackbird in my garden is doing really well.

 It has been feeding it'self... trying out all my flowers... it takes time.
I've only seen the male with it over the last few days... maybe the female is sitting on more eggs?
I have a couple of young Robins as well... still trying to capture images.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Juvenile Blue Tit................................................................................ on my feeder

A juvenile Blue Tit on one of my garden feeders... there were five youngsters feeding together.

Wonderful little birds to watch... and they let me get quite close.

Wild Bird Wednesday

Friday, 24 June 2016

Arley Hall................................................................................................... Cheshire

A few images from my visit to the gardens at Arley Hall yesterday.

Arley Hall

The gardens have been created over the last 250 years.

The herbaceous borders are thought to be the first planted in England.

They haven't reached their peak yet... the colours will be stunning in a few weeks.

A few more images for you to admire...


The lawn paths are wonderful to follow...

...and take you on a lovely journey.


I wish this was my lawn... I would need a ride on mower though.

It was a lovely sunny day... and I really enjoyed my visit.
I hope to see the gardens again in a few weeks... they are only four miles from home.