Thursday, 27 February 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #60 - Leek Wootton

 Gypsy Cottage and The Cottage

Let's walk around to the front :)

Grade II Listed this 17th Century building is made up of more than one cottage.  
The small sign on the front says 'Gypsy Cottage'.  

I think that the right-hand side of the building is
The Cottage and Gypsy Cottage is to the left.

Across the street is a pub. The view from 
the garden is just about perfect to me.

All of these photos were taken on the same afternoon
about 3 weeks ago.  Passing clouds and rain caused some
of the photos to be a tad dark.  But you get the idea!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

G Is For Glass

Baptistry Window, Coventry Cathedral
Designed by John Piper and made by Patrick Reyntiens

I am only showing one third of the window today.  I will show you more on another day.

The boulder in front of the window originates from a hillside at
Bethlehem and has been fashioned into a font.

Not far away is a quiet spot where candles can be lit 
and memories recalled.  I did that today.

Participating in ABC Wednesday

Happy Birthday, Mom.

Monday, 24 February 2014


Ready for the Coventry weather report?

Yesterday it was a tad warmer than normal.  Not very sunny
but nice enough for a walk.  You can see Mr LOL is wrapped up :).

Hope you had a good weekend and are all
set for a super week ahead!


PS. Yes, this is Coombe Country Park. 
Coombe Abbey Hotel is to the right
just out of shot.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Passing Clouds

Yesterday was perfect for a nice walk 
along side the lake at Coombe Country Park.

The photo above was taken from inside the bird hide.
(Apologies, but I have posted similar shots like these.  I love the views.)

Those clouds were moving was windy.

No snow this year.  Those brown brambles will soon be green.

Have a super weekend.  Enjoy what is left
of the Winter Olympics!

Participating in Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #59 - Hill Wootton

The Thatched Cottage, Hill Wootton,
dating back to around the 17th Century with 3 charming eyebrow dormers.

Yes, they call this huge looking home a 'cottage'.  
Hill Wootton is a hamlet of 
Leek Wootton and Guy's Cliffe Parish Council.

Here is the full text of this British Listed Building:
'Circa C17 timber-framed cottage range much refaced in red brick. Timber framing
exposed on front elevation. Steeply pitched thatched roof with gabled ends.
Sandstone foundations. One storey and attic. 2:3:4-light casements and modern
plank door with thatched hood. Three eyebrow dormers at eaves. Three brick
ridge chimney stacks.'

Both photographs were taken last week.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Oh Dear

I generally lean towards sharing pretty sights of places
in and around Coventry.  Since I have been sick with
a rotten cold...I haven't ventured out far - here's
what's happening near where I live :).

Top shot was taken on Sunday.  Yes, it was warm and sunny but
my attention was distracted by work being carried out by the gas people.

Today (feeling a bit better) went for another little walk to the main road.
No sunshine, but plenty of disruption.  For how long?  Who knows.

Back tomorrow with a pretty thatched roof cottage.

Well, that's the plan :).

Hi Nadine.  Here are those shots I promised you...ha ha!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #58 - Leek Wootton

The Forge Cottage
Grade II Listed dating around the 17th Century
located about 8 miles from Coventry.

This sweet thatch is on the main road in the
charming village of Leek Wootton.

The plan - Another long weekend.  
To my blogging friends:  I don't know
how you all fit in posting photos as often as you do
and commenting on so many blogs, including mine.
I salute you! Cheers :).

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

All Saints' Church, Leek Wootton

I was in search of thatched cottages today.
Not only did I find a couple but I also
discovered the impressive
All Saints' Church in the village of Leek Wootton.

It is a beautiful church with an extraordinary cemetery along side.

The church was closed.  I have so many questions. 
It is a 'must' that I return.  So this posting is 'to be continued'.

I will also try and get a better photo of the the main entrance.
I like the shadows of the tree but .... :).

Participating in Our World Tuesday

PS  Happy Birthday, Lisa

Monday, 10 February 2014

Wildlife Paddling Pool

I can promise you I was willing that swan (center - click to enlarge) to jump in.
No luck :).
That is a dredging barge used some years ago to 
remove silt from the lake. Think it has a new use now.

Not far away is evidence of the strong winds
we have been having.

Both photos taken at Coombe Country Park yesterday.

Have a good week!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Golf Anyone?

Like many parts of England, Coventry has not escaped flooding after heavy rain.  

The Copsewood Grange Golf Club near us is a tad unplayable today.  
Normally, this vantage point would be of green grass with the River Sowe passing on the right.

Hopefully this imposing lake feature will drain soon.

Where ever you are, hope you are safe and well.
Have a good weekend :).

Participating in Skywatch Friday

My little point and shot camera lens is jammed.
Camera phone is substituting just for now when I haven't got my DSLR with me.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #57 - Stoneleigh Village

Nothing worse than waking up on a Thursday morning and
realising that I have no thatched cottage photos and it is raining!
Off to Stoneleigh Village in hopes that one home I had not
used before was not blocked off by cars or under construction.

Camera phone at the ready, I got these shots. 

I found the following description in an old 'for sale' listing which
describes this home perfectly:

'In part dating from the reign of George 1, this is a fascinating Grade 2 listed detached house situated in this perennially popular village. The original Cruck beamed thatched cottage with masses of exposed beam work was significantly added to in the 1990s to provide a sympathetically in keeping extension.'

I am happy with this.  Hope you are too!

Photos taken with a Moto G.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Nettle Hill, Ansty

I thought this might be a good place to visit today.
All these photos were taken within 200 yards of each other.

The photo above is looking east towards Leicestershire. 

Look closely on the fence (below).  Think that might be a Sparrow Hawk.

Below is the mainline to the North.

Plenty of farms in this part of the world.

Looking west - Coventry City Centre.
If you enlarge photo, you might be able to pick out the 3 Spires
of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry Cathedral & Christ Church.

I do love it here in England 
even if we haven't had any snow yet :).

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Saturday, 1 February 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Entry

Welcome to the 'entry' and start of a nature walk that passes
by an oak tree I enjoy photographing at regular intervals
during the year.  The sign?  It gives some information about the walk.
Have a look below. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Have a good weekend and do take some time to see other
contributions to CDP Theme Day - HERE.

For more photos of this beautiful Oak Tree, click the 'Tree Series' label below.