Friday 23 January 2015

A few Snow Scenes (Part 2 of 3)

The village of Brigsley & Waltham Windmill site.

This thatched cottage stands in the main street at Brigsley and is probably the most
photographed cottage in northern Lincolnshire.

Waltham windmill close to Brigsley is a 6 sailed post mill, built in 1666, restored
in recent years it is fully operational and open to the public in the summer months.

Within the grounds of Waltham Windmill is this miniature railway run by the Grimsby
Model Engineering Society.  They give rides around the large track  on Bank Holidays.

The churchyard of St. Helen's Church, Brigsley.

St. helen's Church.

Icicles on the thatched cottage.

The Thatch.

Wednesday 21 January 2015

A few Snow Scenes (Part 1 of 3)

I've been waiting for some snow but so far nothing!  So here are a few "I prepared earlier"!

If you aren't familiar with the BBC childrens program Blue Peter then that phrase won't mean much to you.

Grainsby Park.

A country house in Grainsby Park.

Converted methodist Chapel.

The Church of St. Nicholas.

Main road through the hamlet of Grainsby.

The old gatehouse at the entrance to Grainsby Park, now a private residence.

Grainsby Park.

Looking back toward the Gatehouse.

In the summer there are cows in these fields but they go into their winter
quarters in late October/November.

The Gatehouse.

Sunday 18 January 2015

The Major Oak.

The Major Oak is a big tourist attraction in the heart of Sherwood
The Major Oak in December
(Picture courtesy of Wikipedia.)
Forest, near Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire England.

Folklore suggests it's the hiding place and shelter of Robin Hood and his "merry men".  It's thought to be between 800 & 1000 years old!

I took this in the summer of 2005.

For many years the public were allowed to walk right up to the major Oak and I remember doing so myself in about 1985.  Since then though it has been fenced off, the ground around the tree was being constantly flattened and compacted and rain water could not penetrate to the trees' roots.  The tree was in danger of dying and produced hardly any foliage.

Since being fenced off and the ground around it being aerated and regularly mulched the tree has thrived  and now produces foliage and new growth.

The people in the picture shows the scale of the old tree.

Thursday 15 January 2015

Santa Special at Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.

Taken on the 6th Dec. 2014, quite late in the day.

The last "Santa Special" of the day at Ludborough.

A work train returning to Ludborough from North Thoresby.

Just leaving the station, last rays of sun and a dramatic sunset.

Monday 12 January 2015

Willingham Woods.

Willingham Woods is a fairly local Forestry Commision wood where we take our dog Suzi for walks.  It's also a popular meeting place for the motor biking fraternity to meet up.

Moss & Lichen on the tree stumps.

Dead Bracken in winter adds some colour.

Message to Lady Sandra....yes I'm stalking that woman again!

The burger bar.