Thursday, 28 May 2015

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tree Fungi

Coombe Country Park

I am stepping out of my comfort zone even attempting to
identify what looks like to me a sort of tree fungi.
Can you tell me more?

In the photo above I am standing on a slight hill.
So glad I spotted that natural canopy for
a tree hollow.

Wish a squirrel was about to complete the photo :).

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Happy Birthday, Georgia!

Monday, 25 May 2015


That's how many little cygnets were in the
pool outside Coombe Abbey Hotel yesterday.

I never get tired of watching the swans in 
Coombe Country Park.  Found 7 more
cygnets at the Park's Top Pool (below).

One above and the other six below :).
Mom looks in needs of a little bath after poking around under water.

Play time!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Another Look

Earl Street, Coventry

This photo was taken yesterday afternoon
after I published my blog post. I like it.
The bridge over the road goes from the Council House
to Committee rooms on the left.  The committee rooms and bridge
are to be demolished soon.

By the way, Council House here is the name used for
the building serving as headquarters for local government offices -
kind of like the term 'City Hall' used in America.  

Have a good weekend!!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Council House Square

Junction at Earl Street, Little Park Street & High Street
A look at Coventry architecture from 1875.

This is the newly completed Council House Square.
Construction of the Council House (right) began in 1913.
The building in the centre was a furniture shop in 1875 and is now
a small grocer store with apartments above.
The building to the left is a pub, but opened
as a bank in 1896.

 The photos (above and below) show the 
view of Council House Square from the
Council House steps. There is a mixture of new 
and old architecture.

I think this new redeveloped area outside the Council House
looks very nice.  I guess the important thing here is to enjoy
it while it lasts.  A lot of the buildings in the photo (immediately above)
are to be knocked down soon.  Oh dear...more changes.

In the meantime, let's zoom in on those flowers....

...oh, and one more photo of the Council House.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Maple Leaf

Coventry Cathedral

This bronze maple leaf is embedded in the
nave floor near the West Screen (below) in the
New Coventry Cathedral.  It has been placed there as
a mark of gratitude for donations received from Canada.

In the photo above you can see the maple leaf in the floor at the entrance.
Beyond you see the stairs leading to the ruins of the old Cathedral, 
bombed during the Coventry Blitz of World War II.

I spoke to a guide today and he said that
Canada donated the money to purchase the church organ.
He also said that the wood in the canopy ceiling is also from Canada.

I'll go back to find out more :).

* * * * * *
This is a follow up to this posting the other day.  
I received a couple of comments
from friends saying they noticed this maple leaf 
in one of my photos, so I decided to find out why it was there.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Coventry Pubs #3 - The Millpool

The Millpool, Hipswell Highway

This public house is within walking distance of where we live.
The building is fairly new (built in the 1950's) so I'm
confident that it was never a mill.  
Maybe there was a mill nearby on the River Sowe
and it looked like the picture on the sign.  If anyone knows, please leave a comment.

We stopped by recently to have a
a drink...latte this time :).

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

1962 Penny

Coventry Cathedral

Above is one of many 1962 pennies embedded in the floor
marking the processional routes used by the choir and clergy
at Coventry Cathedral (below).

The reasons the coins are dated 1962?
That is the year the New Cathedral was consecrated.
Many of the coins now look like the one below.

Photographs were taken last month
with my handy mobile phone.

Friday, 1 May 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Revolution

Revolution - The Wheel

City Daily Photo Theme Day for this month is 'Revolution'.  
Since Coventry (England) is the birthplace of the
British cycle and motor industry,
the wheel seems a good choice for my theme day photo.

Cycles were first built in Coventry in 1868
 at The Coventry Machinist Company (a sewing machine company). 
The British motor industry was born in Coventry in 1897.

Photographs were taken at the Coventry Transport Museum 
where you can also see the 'first ever bicycle' made in Germany (below), and

the largest British collection of motor cars, commercial vehicles, cycles and motorcycles -
and it is free!

Please click the link HERE for more contributions from 
around the world to CDP Theme Day - Revolution.

PS.  The car behind the cycles in the first photo is a 1974 'E' Type Jaguar.