Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thatched Roof Thursday Revisited

Stoneleigh Village
I had an opportunity to drive through this
lovely village yesterday.  So I took the opportunity to look at
a couple of thatched roof cottages I photographed in 2013.


The house on the right (above) was
#33 in my Thatched Roof Thursday series.
If you look in the distance (above),
you'll see #43 (also below).
Not much has changed over the last 4 years.


Stoneleigh Village is beautiful.  It is very close to
Coventry and if you have a spare few £s,
my #43 is For Sale :).


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Flying Scotsman

Today at Cathiron Bridge

Popular trainspotting location midway between
Nuneaton and Rugby on the West Coast Main Line.


Built in 1923, The Flying Scotsman is an icon of the steam age.

My husband (red jacket collar) joined quite a few more
to catch a glimpse as it passed by.  Not far from where we live :).




Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Lamp

Bayley Lane, Coventry


Bayley Lane is a narrow street between
Coventry Cathedral ruins and St Mary's Hall.
I took this photograph in 2013 and
I can say that this Lane looks just the same today.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Coombe Abbey Hotel


As seen from Coombe Country Park this afternoon.

Greetings!  I am busy organizing photographs 
(if that is possible) and that is basically why I have
been absent from blog posting.  It takes time.  But....
today we went for a walk at Coombe Country Park
and I really like this view of Coombe Abbey Hotel.

So here it is :).


Friday, 10 March 2017

A Surprise

Coombe Country Park

Coombe Abbey Hotel is in the background.
(Look at the tree stump.)


A daffodil bulb has found an unusual home.
What a surprise :).



Have a good weekend !

And, Happy Birthday to Aunt Blanche !!


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Long-Tailed Tit

Coombe Country Park
Bird Hide


I have only seen this bird once at Coombe Country Park (so far).


If I see another one, I hope to get some clearer images.


Participating in Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Footbridge

Coombe Country Park


The photograph above was taken on a very
dull day in February, 2017.

The photograph below was taken yesterday
following a wedding at Coombe Abbey Hotel, I'm guessing.
The wedding photographs will undoubtedly include
a nice aerial video of the hotel and park grounds.



Friday, 24 February 2017

View From The Bus

Gosford Street and Far Gosford Street


I am on the top deck of a bus leaving Coventry City Centre
heading down Gosford Street (above) towards Far Gosford Street (below).


Next trip I'm going to jump off the bus and have a closer look
at these old buildings currently being restored.

The modern buildings in the first photograph are
student accommodation.

Have a good weekend :).

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

On A Windy Day

 Coombe Country Park


I'm learning that some of these
birds have similar markings.
I think this is a Coal Tit.


Participating in Wild Bird Wednesday


Monday, 20 February 2017

Photo Within

Coombe Country Park


The photograph above is the top left-hand corner
of the photo below.  Taken last month with my phone.


Happy Monday :)




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Reconciliation

Coventry Cathedral Ruins


Sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos
placed in Coventry Cathedral ruins in
1995, 50 years after the end of WWII


For a short period of time this sculpture
was moved to the new cathedral for safekeeping
while the floor of the old cathedral was being restored.






The wording reads:

Reconciliation

In 1995, 50 years after the end of the Second World War 
this sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos has been 
given by Richard Branson as a token of reconciliation. 

An identical sculpture has been placed on behalf
of the people of Coventry in the Peace Garden, Hiroshima, Japan.

Both sculptures remind us that, in the face of destructive forces,
human dignity and love will triumph over disaster 
and bring nations together in respect and peace.

* * * * * *
Note: These photographs were taken on different days, 
hence, the variety in weather conditions.

**

For more information about this sculpture, 
originally named 'Reunion', 
please follow the link HERE.

 * * * *
PS.  Happy Valentine's Day :)



Monday, 13 February 2017

The Bird Hide

Coombe Country Park


This is a great place for watching and photographing
birds and other wildlife.


Inside the hide is a sign (below) telling us about 
The Fred Fox Memorial Fund
created in loving memory of
Mr Fox by family and friends.
Please take a minute to read.


Every year flowers are left inside the hide.
(Photo below taken late last year.)


 That's my husband (below) on a very cold morning
doing a little bird watching.


It is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year.  
The views are amazing too.




Monday, 6 February 2017

Middle Of The Road

London Road, Coventry
Wild Flowers


I thought I would start  this week off with a colorful photograph
taken in July, 2016.  This is the central reservation (median strip)
on the London Road, Coventry.
Taken from our car heading home from the City Centre.


I was busy last week sorting photographs. 
I'm hoping that I can post more regularly but
what I post might be a bit random.  
Time will tell :).




Friday, 27 January 2017

Monks Kirby - Benchmark

Church of St Edith, Monks Kirby


I take great delight in finding a
'benchmark'.  See the cut mark in the stone 
of the church tower (below)?  This serves as
an elevation reference point. 


Below are a few more photographs around the church.
The view behind the church is a fine example of
why I love living in Coventry.  It only takes me
5 minutes by car from my home to be out in countryside like this.





Below is a view of the church across the fields.
It looks a big church and I can assure you - it is!


For more about benchmarks, please click the link HERE
For more about the Church of St Edith, please click the link HERE

Also, please click on the 'labels' below for other benchmarks I
have photographed, pictures of St Edith and/or Monks Kirby.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Sitting On A Fence

Magpie
Coombe Country Park


We have been having some chilly mornings of late.
These two photos were taken on Sunday.
The temperature was 0°C.


Participating in Wild Bird Wednesday


Monday, 23 January 2017

Belgrade Theatre Relief Panel

Belgrade Theatre
Exterior Wall - facing Corporation Street


This large relief panel was created and designed 
in 1958 by James C Brown, sculpture.

Below is a full description I found in records of the
Public Monuments & Sculptures Association's
website which I quote.... 

'Sculptured concrete panel over the main entrance to the Belgrade Theatre symbolising the city of Belgrade and is based on a 1684 engraving by Giacomo de Rossi.  The relief shows a fortress on a hill above a walled city, surrounded by the river Danube. The city arms and its name in Cyrillic script on a banner are at the top of the relief. The dark colour of the textured panel provides a visual interruption form the smoothness of the surrounding windows. The relief shows a fortress on a hill above a walled city, which is surrounded by a river. At the top left, the city's coat of arms appear and at top right, its name is shown on a banner in Cyrillic script. The city is presumably Belgrade, given the name of the theatre. 

James Brown was asked by the city architect to design and make the relief. The Yugoslav Embassy was consulted about the project, and they supplied the Giacomo de Rossi engraving upon which Brown based his design. Brown first made the relief in brick clay and then had it cast in cement fondu with Penmaenware granite chippings for aggregate. 

The theatre was named after the Yugoslav city as a gesture of friendship between the two cities and in recognition of a gift of timber to furnish the interior of the building.'

Apologies for a large amount of text, but
I thought it best to quote the full description.




The Belgrade Theatre is a live performance theatre, seating 858 people.
The Belgrade was the first civic theatre to be built after WWII in Britain.

Participating in Monday Mural