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

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

Monday, 16 January 2017

Olympic Tribute Mural

Walkway between Spon End and Croft Road

This mural celebrates
champions from in and around Coventry 
who have participated in the Olympics.

Above (left to right) 
Naomi Folkard (Leamington Spa) - Archery 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 Olympics
Rachel Smith (Coventry) - Rhythmic Gymnastic 2012 Olympics
Mandip Sehmi (Leamington Spa) - Wheelchair Rugby 
2008, 2012, 2016 Paralympics Games

Below (left to right)
Mandip Sehmi (as noted above)
The Olympic Torch - 12,100 torches all made in Coventry for 2012 Olympics
Neil Adams, MBE (Rugby) - Judo Silver Medals 1980 & 1984 Olympics
Marlon Devonish, MBE (Coventry) - Running Gold Medal in 2004. 
Participated 2008 Olympics

Nick Skelton (Bedworth) - Horse Jumping Gold Medals 2012 & 2016 Olympics

It is a big mural.  I'm so glad I found it.

Participating in Monday Mural

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Walk In The Woods

Coombe Country Park
Last Sunday

Looks a bit spooky.  But you can see
a family out for a walk (far left) despite the rather 
gloomy, foggy weather.

Snow would be nice :).

Monday, 9 January 2017

Bring On 2017

No!  That isn't me :).
Taken on Boxing Day (26th December)

That's a family friend some 20 feet up
(and he got down safely).

Happy New Year to you all!