Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #76 - Marton

This is my favorite sequence for arriving in a Warwickshire Village. 
Pure bliss to see a thatched roof cottage at the end of the road.

It looks pretty big....

...and there is more....

Primrose Thatch, Marton
Row of 3 cottages, late 17th Century, Grade II listed.

Restoration work looks done!

PS.  You can just make out a lady on horseback and red call box in top photo :).

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

C Is For Christchurch

I couldn't pass on this view yesterday. 
This is all that remains of Christchurch.  It has a long history 
dating back to 1200 which you can read about HERE.
There are some interesting photos included.

Mr LOL's Mum went to Sunday school here in early 1920's.  
The main church building was destroyed in an air-raid on 8th April, 1941.

The shot above was taken earlier in the year.
The spire is now a cafe bar called, Inspire Cafe Bar.

Participating in ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Greyfriars Green In July

 It was beautiful out this morning, particularly here in 
Greyfriars Green located between Coventry Train Station and the City Centre.

The topiary figures, I would imagine, are to do with the WW1 Centenary.

In the background of both of these shots are heaps of boulders.  That was 
Junction 6 of the Ring Road that goes around Coventry City Centre. 
Nearly 40 trees were cut down in the name of progress (Friargate Development)
 but it is promised that double that will be replanted.  Hope so!

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Monday, 28 July 2014

Kirby House

16 Little Park Street, Coventry

Built around 1700, this is a fine example of a City Centre
building only slightly damaged during WWII.  

Oh how I wish I could have moved those railings which don't fit in with the
 Georgian architecture and modern day Zebra Crossing.

There is so much construction going on in Coventry, I could
hardly believe it today.  The photo below is of the Council House,
just down the street from Kirby House.  Looks like they are about
ready to take down the fencing soon.  Hooray.

Council House, Coventry

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #75 - Clifton Upon Dunsmore

I was told there is a thatched roof cottage in this village and there was.
Not the easiest place to get to from Coventry.  But, hey ho,
I needed a #75 :).

If you would like to read a little more about Clifton Upon Dunsmore, 
click on the link HERE.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

B Is For Britain From Above

(Above) I am looking down from The Secret Garden at The Library of Birmingham
at an exhibition of old aerial photographs of Britain. 

(Below) That's Mr LOL looking at an image of Coventry 6 years
 after WWII bombing of the City Centre.

 His grandfather lived in Bayley Lane (bottom left of image below) 
close to Coventry Cathedral and survived.

For more images and information about the Britain From Above project,
 please click the link HERE.  There is an invitation to register and then 
participate in helping to identify and provide information about old aerial photographs.

Participating in ABC Wednesday

PS. Happy Birthday, Lily :)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Gone Fishing...

I didn't go fishing but there are some children in the distance who got a chance 
to learn a little about fishing in a moat, no less :).

 I'm talking about that group you can see 
just beyond the swans.

 Looking the other way (below) towards Coombe Abbey Hotel.

This is a perfect excuse for me to share a beautiful day here
in Coventry and show you one of the many activities taking
place at Coombe Country Park. 

Hope you are having a super day!!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #74 - Marton, Warwickshire

The Old Brew House,
Village of Marton

The first time I saw this home there were vehicles in front.
Came back yesterday and unobstructed view.
And, not too many cars in the street either :).

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Draycote Water

This is a place I have wanted to visit for years.  
Draycote Water offers sailing, fishing and a fantastic place to
walk or cycle around a (flat) 5 mile road which
surrounds the reservoir.  

Don't let those angry clouds fool you.  It was very warm today
and look at the view directly behind me.  Just 15 miles from Coventry.

We went to watch the Ladies British Open (Golf) last week.  
It was won by USA's Mo Martin.  Found out she was born in Pasadena!

The Open starts tomorrow.  I will be watching...on TV.
Got my Thatched Roof Thursday shot for tomorrow sorted today :).

Friday, 4 July 2014


Celebrating 4th of July, and.....

...also celebrating living here in the UK for 40 years as of today.
Lunchtime at TGI Friday's, Coventry. 

Time for a little break.  Need to figure out how to 
get rid of that time stamp :).  In the UK date sequence is day/month/year.

See you soon!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #73 - Thurlaston

Rose Cottage, Thurlaston

Found this sweet home on a quiet village lane
not far from Coventry.

By the time I got a closer look at the front door,
the sun went in.  That happens a lot over here :).

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Kingfisher Pool, Warwick

This unique facility is especially designed for use by anyone under the age of 17 
(to take up fishing safely in an organised way) and the disabled of any age.
The lake is surrounded by a tarmac path for easy wheelchair access. 

There are 37 platforms evenly spaced around the lake.

There is a wonderful public footpath for walkers and cyclist that goes along side the lake too.
Located minutes from Warwick Castle in St Nicholas Park.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Celebrating Summer

I'm celebrating.  It's sunny!
The oak tree is celebrating too.  It is finally covered in leaves,
at last :).  (This is the latest addition to my 'tree series'.)
The little dots of color on the left are runners taking part in fun run
around Coombe Country Park on Sunday.

Enjoy your day and see other photos Celebrating Summer - HERE.