Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Towers & Spires

St Mary's Church Tower and
St Nicholas Church Spire

Below is the view from across St Nicholas Park in 
Warwick.  You will just make out one of Warwick Castle's towers
on the left and to the right is a distant view of the churches above.

It was a really nice, warm day today.  
Perfect for a 10 minute drive to Warwick
for a walk in St Nicholas Park.
After 40 years living in England, I still get a kick out
of  seeing a skyline like this with a real 'castle' in it.

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Oak Tree

Coombe Country Park

I have great fun photographing that big oak tree from time to time.  In July, it was used for a climbing event open to the public.  In August, it looked quite nice in the background of a Jaguar Cars event.  More about that red Jag soon.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Thatched Roof Thursday #90 - Peatling Parva

Long Folly Cottage
Main Street

This is the second of three thatched cottages
I photographed in the village of Peatling Parva. 
Almost missed is set back from the road.

This village is just a few miles from the old 
RAF airbase at Bruntingthorpe which was used by
the American Air Force during and after WWII. 
 The airbase then became a vehicle testing
ground for Chrysler in the mid 1970/80's.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

'Goo Stiddy, But Keep Going'

Gumley Village, Leicestershire

 See the message on this bench in 
'Leicestershire' speak, I think.
Appropriate for the hundreds of
narrowboats that venture
up and down Foxton Locks.

Foxton Locks, Leicestershire
The bench and view above is just beyond
the brick buildings pictured below.

(Below) is the approach to the top lock of 10.

Up and down the hill these narrowboats travel.
Happily there are pubs, restaurant,
coffee shop and ice cream kiosks nearby too.

If you would like to read more or visit
Foxton Locks, follow the link for more information HERE.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Thatched Roof Thursday #89 - Peatling Parva

Rookery Nook
Main Street

Grade II Listed and thought to date back to the late 16th Century.

I found more than one thatched cottage in this
lovely Leicestershire village
located about 40 minutes from Coventry.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Diana, Princess of Wales & Althorp House

The Round Oval

Diana, Princess of Wales,
was buried on the 6th September, 1997
 on the island in the center of the lake (below).

Below is a closer look at the memorial
that stands along side the lake.

Diana's island resting place (below).

Below is Althorp House, built in 1508.
Home to the Spencer family for five centuries.

 We had a wonderful afternoon visiting Althorp House.  
Like many, we wanted to see the memorial dedicated to
Diana, Princess of Wales.  Before walking to the lake
we enjoyed a tour of the house and gardens.

Althorp House is about l hour from Coventry in Northamptonshire.
If you are interested, please follow the link HERE
for more information about visiting and the history.

Friday, 9 September 2016

English Rose

Coombe Country Park

It was so lovely here yesterday afternoon.  We
decided to go for a walk at Coombe.
I couldn't help admire these beautiful
pink English roses -
Strawberry Hill.

The first image is looking over the lake at Coombe.
Behind me is the view below -
Coombe Abbey Hotel.   I have shown it many times before.

Participating in Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thatched Roof Thursday Revisited

Remember my Thatched Roof Thursday series?
I have photographed 88 thatched roof cottages
 and I am hoping to make it to 100.
In the meantime, I couldn't resist re-visiting 2 cottages
in nearby Brinklow that were participating 
in Brinklow's Scarecrow Festival.

The first one is a cottage I photographed in March, 2013.  

The next is one (below) I photographed in November, 2012.
Here it is last week with Snow White and friends :).

The Scarecrow Festival was held at the end of August.
I am hoping they do it again next year.
Here are a few more of the 100 scarecrows
created by local residents.  Well Done!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Almost Autumn

I think we are going to have one more
blast of warm weather this week, then 
those leaves will start to fall.

Mobile phone photograph :).

Monday, 5 September 2016

Brinklow's Scarecrow Festival

The perfect setting for a wedding.

The Church?  St. John the Baptist, Broad Street.

The Event?  Brinklow's Scarecrow Weekend 
held over last August Bank Holiday weekend.

The happy Bride and Groom?  
Yes, you guessed it - they are scarecrows.

The church (below) with more scarecrows (and some people too)
in the field next to the church.

The whole village was full of displays.
I'll show you a few more later in the week.

Village life in England can be lots of fun!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

CDP Theme Day - Library

Coventry Central Library

Chess Anyone? That's the scene now.  
Quite different (I expect) to 
how it must have looked when
Chuck Berry recorded 'My Ding-a-Ling' right here
in 1972.  

In 1986 the library opened in premises that were formerly 
the Locarno ballroom and later Tiffany's night club.

Happily, there are some signs on display to share some of
the heritage of what is now a very quiet and peaceful library.

 ...and some photographs too.

Then (above) -
Now (below).

 On the first day of the month, members of the
City Daily Photo blog group
share theme day photos from Cities around the world.
To see more, please click the link - HERE.