Monday, 29 February 2016

Painted On The Wall In 1590

St. Mary's Guildhall
Mercers' Room

Mercers Company Coat of Arms

The Mercers' Room is located in the
Guildhall's Gatehouse (built 1340-42).
In 1590 the room was leased by the
Mercers Company to be used as their meeting hall.
The Mercers Company in Coventry had a membership
merchants and traders.

* * *
I wish I could say I have a photo
of the actual room.  I don't.
I took this one of the mural in 2012
on a Heritage Open Day and came across it the other day.  
I recall deleting room shots because they were poor.
Ironically, I used to work in St Mary's Hall
years ago.  Why didn't I take a loads of shots then :). 

Participating in 

Friday, 26 February 2016


The Baptistry Window
Coventry Cathedral

I walked into Coventry Cathedral on Wednesday
and was astonished how the sunlight hit
the stained glass windows to my right.

I shared photos of this window two years ago and
feel it is 'ok' to show it again today.

I will show more of this window again next week.
For now, notice the man walking past the window on the left (below).
That will give you an idea of the size of this wall of light.

Yesterday, a kind neighbour of ours passed away and
I also learned of the tragic death of one of our
City Daily Photo family, Tina Forrester, and her husband.
It was a sad day.

For today, I would just like to say, 'Happy Birthday, Mom'.
Her middle name was 'Sunshine'.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

One Of The Oldest

Cuckoo Lane

The letterbox dates back to 1880 and
it says on the sign that it is a rare example
of a Victorian wall box.

It disappoints me that I can't get a shot of this
grand old letter box and The Golden Cross pub without
including that ugly grit/salt box and the
cardboard boxes in the window.  Oh well.

Anyway, have a look at the notice
on the letter box.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Hill Top

Coventry City Centre
Looking uphill towards Priory Row

Hill Top is a 'lane' that has so much
history around it, I just don't know where to begin.

What I can say is that it originated possibly in the 1600's 
as a track.  It was on a map in 1749.
Believe me, there was plenty going on here
as early as the 11th century.  
Have a look HERE.

Monday, 22 February 2016

The Menagerie

View from Coombe Country Park
Photo taken yesterday.

The Menagerie is a Grade II listed house designed by Henry Holland
and built to replicate the menagerie at the
Palace of Versailles.

Whenever I walk around Coombe Country Park
I'm always on the look out for views of The Menagerie.
Modern times dictate that I have to share my view of this 
18th century house
with the electricity pylon to the rear of it  
and sometimes the telephone lines in the foreground.
Oh well.

Oh go on...I'll do a 'little' editing :).

I had a stinking cold last hopefully 
all better now and ready to be posting more this week.

Cheers for now!

Sunday, 14 February 2016


Coombe Country Park
On Valentine's Day

Meet Mr & Mrs Mallard
enjoying food left for the birds at the bird hide.
I think they were sharing :).

Hope you all are having a lovely Valentine's Day.
(I am.)

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Thatched Roof Thursday #88 - Willey, Warwickshire

Little Orchard Cottage
Main Street

It has been a long while since I have added to my
collection of thatched roof cottages.
When I had first sight of this building today, I thought it
looked a little plain.  I couldn't see much of the roof from the car.

Driving back I noticed that amazing goat.  I was delighted.

This cottage is Grade II Listed -
circa 17th century with circa 19th century alterations.

The village of Willey about 30 minutes from Coventry.

PS.  Happy Birthday, Lisa

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Spot The Airplane

Countryside Near Coventry
Last Sunday

We must go up and down this road at least
twice a week.  As we go over a gentle hill, 
we invariably comment on whether or not
the airplane is in that hangar.
It was :).

Not only that, the field was flooded 
and a swan was enjoying an afternoon swim too.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Winter Plumage

Coombe Country Park
Black-headed Gull

My first attempt at photographing
a moving object with a telephoto lens.
Need more practice :).

I believe these are photos of
Black-headed gulls in winter plumage.
If I got it wrong, please say so in 'Comments' below.

Better focus (below) but the gull is facing the wrong way.
All good fun!

Photos were taken Sunday.

Participating in Our World Tuesday 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Quiet Moment On The Lake

Coombe Country Park

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago
when it was quite frosty out.  

Hope you are all set for a good week ahead!

Monday, 1 February 2016

This Way To Herons Café

Coombe Country Park
5 miles east of Coventry on the A427

Today is City Daily Photo Theme Day -
Scenes from Cafés or Coffee Houses

I have chosen a place we visit more than
once a week - located in beautiful Coombe Country Park.

From the car park you will see the Visitors Centre
(and, if you follow this blog, you'll recognise the
'oak tree' I photograph often on the left in the distance
in a Tree Series).

The entrance to Herons Café  is just inside the
Visitors Centre on your right (below).

We were there yesterday after a long walk around the park
in the rain. We always stop here for hot chocolate or coffee.
If you fancy something more substantial, you can choose from
a full menu.  Everyone is friendly and helpful too!

All warm now, so back to the car.
(That's my husband standing there with the red 'brolly'.)
You'll see Coombe Abbey Hotel
further down the drive...


PS.  If it had been a nicer day,
those tables and chairs (below) would be
outside.  Next time, I'm sure!

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