Friday 30 September 2016

Grainsby Park Walk.

"Grainsby is a hamlet and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 5 miles (8 km) south from Grimsby, and just to the west from the A16 road. The nearest village is North Thoresby, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-east.
Grainsby church is dedicated to St Nicholas."

Above information courtesy of Wikipedia.

Grainsby Park is one of my favourite walks, we have taken all our dogs there over the years.
These pictures were taken this morning while walking Suzi, my Cavalier King Charles spaniel. 

We parked at the church and started our walk.

There are only a few houses along the way, they once housed estate workers.

Harvesting is well on it's way but still more work yet to be done.

This is "Park Cottage", I used to stop and talk to the elderly chap who lived there.  He had
been an estate worker and lived on in the cottage after his retirement.  I only knew him as Dick,
sadly he's now passed on.  I did get to know his daughter who also had Cavalier King Charlies.

This is the main road through the Park, laid out in the traditional estate manner.

Once the entrance to the manor House, the house was demolished many years ago.  I can
remember it, it was a grey old dwelling but even then derelict.

The fields on either side of the road are used for grazing cattle.  The cattle are housed inside
during the winter, my wife & I wait for their return in the Spring.  Once we see the cattle back
in the fields here, then we know summer is not far off. 

Some sort of animal has been scraping away under the fence, last night by the look of the
fresh earth.  Maybe a badger?

This poor little Shrew was on the road nearby, definitely not the culprit.  His/her digging
days are now over.

This looks like signs of Autumn but is more likely to be the result of a continental moth
that's invading the UK.  The caterpillars from the moth burrow into the leaves of any Horse
Chestnut tree and eat them from inside.  The leaves turn brown, shrivel and die.  This weakens the trees and eventually, after several seasons, it dies.

Heavy ploughing in one of the fields on the estate.
This is as far as we walked but, we had to walk back to the car yet.

At each end of the Parkland are these gates.

The house was once the gatehouse to the park.

Here you can see clearly the damage done to the Chestnut leaves.  This tree is badly affected. 

We saw this house at the start of my walk.

The big house next to the church always puts out flowers in the summer to raise
funds for the church.

The post box is at the steps up to the church.

The church of Saint Nicholas, Grainsby.
The end of today's walk.

Thursday 29 September 2016

Doddington Hall Sculpture Exhibition 2016. (Set 3 of 5)

I'm fairly sure this exhibit was in the previous exhibition but it's very pleasing to see again.

This is the last of the pictures taken on my Olympus Camera.  the final 2 sets were taken on
my Panasonic camera.

Wednesday 28 September 2016

A few pictures from the 1940's weekend at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.

The weather wasn't too good and I only had an hour to spend but I got a few images.

I kicked off with my customary "doggy picture".  This dog had spent the night, with it's lady
owner, in the back of this estate car.

"For you, the war is over".

The re-enactor is pointing to a sign depicting where his friend's father was posted in WW2.

"Don't tell him Pike"!

This is the "Steaming Kettle" buffet car.

Is this The Siegfried  Line?

"We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line" is a popular song by Ulster songwriter Jimmy Kennedy, written whilst he was a Captain in the British Expeditionary Force during the early stages of the Second World War, with music by Michael Carr.[1] The Siegfried Line was a chain of fortifications along Germany's Western border, analogous to the Maginot Line in France. The song was used as a morale-booster during the war, particularly up to and during the Battle of France.[citation needed]
It began:
We're going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line.
Have you any dirty washing, mother dear?
We're gonna hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line.
'Cause the washing day is here.

The above information courtesy of Wikipedia.