Monday, 30 April 2012

Jaguar.....The Car

Royalty On The Road Collection
Coventry Transport Museum

I am not an expert at identifying cars, but I have no doubt which one this is.  Another photo to go in the 'reflections' collection. That's the LOLfromPasa to the left.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Just Swanning Around in Coventry

Swanswell Park (next to Swanswell Pool), Coventry
I kid you not...this scene remained undisturbed as I walked around taking pictures.  I am amazed.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Mystery Reflections....in Coventry

Yes, we have a stainless steel railing in Coventry.  Super nice!  Any ideas where this might be?

Somewhere in Coventry :)

Friday, 27 April 2012

Honestly, This Is Coventry, England!

Beautiful, isn't it.

Greyfriars Green, Coventry (just off the Ring Road)
This area has been closed for ages.  What a treat is was to walk through here today between the train station and City Centre. I can't resist those peach blossoms and here I can photograph a few tulips too. Well done, City Council gardeners.  Nice job.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Five Minutes Outside Coventry

Bretford, England
This is just one of the many beautiful sights this morning between Brandon and Bretford, quite near Coventry.  It was a bit windy out but the clouds don't seem to be swirling.  Hard to believe that a village just to the south of his hill was hit by a small tornado last night. No one was hurt.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Half An Hour of Sunshine Today

But in truth this was taken on Monday.
Old Rope Walk, Lady Herbert's Garden, City Centre, Coventry
The sun was out, blossoms abound and here is yet another view of the Old Rope Walk to share with you.  It is my hope that when I walk by here again, remaining parts of this railing surrounding the garden will not be missing.  'Do not touch', I say!!!!!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Three, Two, One, Liftoff!

West Orchards Shopping Centre, City Centre, Coventry
Use your imagination.  I did.


Monday, 23 April 2012

St George's Day and Shakespeare's Birthday too.

In celebration of St. George's Day, here is a scene from Binley Road, Coventry, today.  There is always a flag flying here but a new St. George's flag has been raised for this special day.


Also, in celebration of Shakespeare's birthday, here are some words from Shakespeare's Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1, 1.31:
'I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start.  The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit; and, upon this charge
Cry God for Harry, England and St George!'

Sunday, 22 April 2012

From Russia With Love.....This Bench?

That is the question.

Next to Volgograd Place, Coventry
When I discovered this creation I was disappointed that there was no information (that I could see) telling me about it.  Well, I have since learned that Coventry was first twinned (in 1944) with Stalingrad, Russia. And, Stalingrad has since changed its name to Volgograd (in 1961).  To mark the 65th Anniversary of the twinning of these two Cities, Volgograd presented a bench and other gifts to Coventry.  Could this be the bench which is said to be located in Hales Street somewhere between Volgograd Place and the Peace Gardens.  Most likely, 'Yes'.  In the meantime....I think this bench is a work of art.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Ooooooh! Nice Bench Over There.......


Volgograd Place, Under Ring Road in White Street, Coventry


Walking from Swanswell Pool towards Coventry City centre takes you under the Ring Road.  I used to find it a little intimidating walking under the Ring Road.  Not now.  Tomorrow I will focus in on that intriguing bench I can see ahead of me.  See you then for a closer look and a little story too.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Coventry Cupcakes....Granddaughter Style.

Made by a  9 year old in Coventry!
Well, sometimes you just have to deviate from the usual scenic views around Coventry to share photos like this.  PS  They 'were' yummy!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Cook Street Gate, Coventry


This photo (above) is of an intriguing first floor door (I would say).  Cook Street Gate is one of two surviving gates on Coventry's City wall.  This gate was built around 1385.  There were twelve City gates originally.

Cook Street Gate, Coventry

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Classy Graffiti?

Classy - YES.  Graffiti - NO.

Coventry Transport Museum
This wonderful artwork can be found in Cook Street at the back of the museum.  I understand that the MBRT1 registration stands for 'Museum of British Road Transport' (former name of the museum).  There is more but my view was obstructed by a van.  Maybe next time I can get a shot of the whole door.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Three Spires of Coventry....Oops!

No!  This is a photo of two of  three Coventry spires (St Michael's Cathedral on left and Holy Trinity Church on the right) and the Old Fire Station Tower nearby. I have used a similar photo before (17th March, 2012) but I was never entirely happy with it.  So this will be a replacement.

Taken from Lady Herbert's Garden (Old Rope Walk), Coventry
The 'Three Spires' I refer to in the title are the three spires that have dominated the City skyline since the 14th century.  The spire not pictured is that of Christ Church (of which only the spire survives).

Monday, 16 April 2012

Baa Baa Baa Baa..........?

Translation:  Any food for us?  
Countryside just outside Coventry in Stoneleigh
When I arrived along side this field just outside Coventry, my plan to take a picture of this lovely scene.  That plan was rushed because all those sheep (and there are more not pictured) started moving rapidly towards me.  Must be close to feeding time.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

And The Winning Ryder Cup Team Is.....?


SSTTT&T Golf Society Ryder Cup Teams
Both!  Today's annual Ryder Cup competition ended in a tie.  Hooray!  We are all winners.  This is a rare occasion when my Coventry daily photo is of people...and what a nice group of people they all are. (Taken at Ansty Golf Centre, near Coventry)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Good Grazing Near Binley Road, Coventry

St Bartholomew's Church, Brinklow Road, Coventry
Since it is a big horse racing day here in England, I couldn't pass on this view taken from Binley Road, Coventry.  The church building you see in this photo dates back to the 1770's and was erected by Lord Craven, replacing an earlier church building.

Friday, 13 April 2012

I Spy With My Little Eye.....


....the Grand National Winner.  This carved horse gave up no clues when I looked him closely in the eye.  So I will just have to guess who the winner will be tomorrow.  The race is run at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool and I will be watching it on TV in Coventry.  Good Luck!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Coventry City Centre Green Space....in progress...

Space between Primark and Holy Trinity Church
For those of you who haven't been to Coventry for awhile....here is yet another view of current 'happenings' in the City Centre.  It was reported on the radio that there was to be a 'park' or 'green space' included in the City Centre redevelopment.  Not sure if this small space is it.  Let's wait and see.  More to follow.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Considering A Great Escape....Well, Maybe Not!

Yes, it is rather busy on A46 (TGI Island) and likely to be so for some time due to roadworks.  So these three are best placed for the time being.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Walking From Coventry Train Station to City Centre

Greyfriars Road, Coventry
What you can't hear is all the road construction going on behind me.  The area photographed here is closed to the public at the moment....but not for long, I expect.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Meet Charlie....a sweet Coventry dog


He is 14 and possibly my newest best friend.  I just had to include this photograph in my Coventry collection.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Binley Shopping Centre TRIFFIDS

Binley, Coventry
These three monsters make plenty of noise!  Soon they will make way for the Binley Shopping Centre which is anticipated to have 25 retail units, 42 apartment and a health & fitness centre.  Oh boy! 

Friday, 6 April 2012

Coventry University Library Ventilation Towers

Coventry University's Library Rooftop
Coventry University offers yet another fascinating building for us to view with amazement. This photograph of the library was taken from the 15th floor of the University car park next door.  Each tower is a source of natural ventilation to the building.  You can also see one of the lightwells (looks like a greenhouse), designed to provide natural lighting.   The building opened in 2000 and is named after Frederick William Lanchester, who made important contributions to automotive engineering in Coventry.



PS.  Looking out my window now...that blue sky has disappeared.



Thursday, 5 April 2012

Golfing Theme Today: 'Ready for The Masters.....?'


Ansty Golf Centre, near Coventry
No, not really.  Just working on my own game (and not very well, as you can see).   I am sure the greens in Augusta will be far more slick than the putting green here.  For those of you who will be glued to the TV and radio for the next four days, enjoy!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Somewhere In Coventry (well...our garden)


It is raining today and I have taken 3 photos - this one, a puddle on my driveway and a bottle of chocolate stout I spotted at the supermarket.  I have opted for this view I have from my desk on this rather dull day.  Maybe I'll try that stout later.  Cheers!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Close Up Look Of James Brindley at the Canal Basin

James Brindley, Coventry Canal Basin
The detail in this bronze statue of James Brindley, canal engineer of note, certainly commands attention when visiting the canal basin by boat or on foot.  On this rare occasion I am going to have two photos just to show you a little bit more of Mr. Brindley and where he can be found.


Go on and do a search on the internet to learn a bit more.  I did....interesting reading.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Canal Basin Entrance...For Boats.

Canal Basin, Coventry
Peach blossoms, flowers, clear water and lovely bridge....that sums this photo up for me.  More on the Coventry Canal Basin later this week.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Going UP? Gulson Hospital, Coventry


There is a charming walkway beside the River Sherbourne between Gulson Road and Gosford Street.  This staircase caught my eye.  I believe it is attached to one of the old Gulson Road Hospital buildings.  It looks inviting on a beautiful day like today.  No joke.  Happy April Fools Day!  I'll take the 'elevator' any day.