Thursday, 31 July 2008
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Thursday, 24 July 2008
And they were looking for a home.
The black one was called Sooty. He was very proud of his muticoloured mane and tail and he loved grazing in the clover patch in the sunshine.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Clockwise from top left: Purple Coneflower (echinacea purpurea); Lady's Mantle leaves with jewels of rain (and a fly); vivid blue Delphinium; Day Lily (hemerocallis); red Blanket Flower (gaillardia) with a bee laden with pollen; sweet blue Forget-me-nots; green tomatoes, soon to be juicy and red I hope; pink and white Impatiens or Busy Lizzie; and in the centre the blue sky of summer (if you enlarge the image there's a tiny bee flying across the sky.... or maybe it's a 747 very high up.... you decide).
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Of course, I sat upstairs.... you get a better view from the top, plus it brought back memories of when I rode a double decker every day to school, but that's another story.... and after travelling about 8 miles through the gently rolling fields of Salisbury Plain, I saw my first glimpse of the ancient stones.
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Stoby's was originally an open yard between two buildings, and was enclosed with a wall either end and a roof to create a building about 250 years ago.
It's the narrowest restaurant I've ever been in, measuring about 12' wall to wall.
The fish'n'chips is yummy.
The gooey green stuff is mushy peas. Never tasted any? You've missed a traditional British treat!
The jewel of Salisbury is the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Saturday, 12 July 2008
There's still a Penlee Lifeboat ready to brave the high seas at a moments notice. The crew are a fun-loving bunch, as you can see from this video. This just proves how courageous these chaps really are!
(Sorry I don't know how to bring a video into my blog, I've tried, but I'm doing something wrong.)
Friday, 11 July 2008
First, the pointy end in the front... this end hits the water first.
Next, the not so pointy end at the back...
Or to put it another way:
The lifeboat is as long as 3½ family cars, as wide as 2½, as heavy as 19, is as powerful as 14 and carries enough fuel to fill up 66 family cars.
OK, I didn't take this picture myself, I admit it. But wouldn't it be thrilling to see this rescue vessel launched down the slipway and into the ocean?
The brave Lifeboat crew do a fantastic job.
For previous posts about my vacation in England please scroll down. For the posts yet to come (Yes, there are still a couple more in the planning stages!) keep checking in!
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
...... but we came to walk in the magical walled gardens, home to the collection of historic roses designed by Graham Stuart Thomas.
This is the National Collection of Old Fashioned Roses.
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Huge noisy codebreaking machines called "bombes" were operated by Naval WRENs. By 1943, 3,000 messages per day were being intercepted and decoded.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Many houses show a Dutch influence in their roof lines... after all, the Netherlands is only a short sail away from East Anglia.
My cousin and I walked along the cliffs towards Sheringham. The wooden groynes and sea walls prevent cliff erosion.
The fossilized skeleton of a male mammoth was discovered in these sandy cliffs in 1990. He stood about 4 metres high, and weighed about 10 tonnes, twice the size and weight of today's elephants..... and in the other direction towards Cromer.