Friday 28 February 2020

Cleethorpes' Heritage.

My home town of Cleethorpes is a seaside resort on the east coast of England.  It grew from two small hamlets known as Oole & Itterby.  Itterby had a few shops and Oole was the residential area.
Gradually, both expanded to became "the Thorpes of Clee", or Cleethorpes.  
Earlier this week on a rare sunny day I had a walk around a street called Seaview Street  which was the area called Itterby and quite similar to how it might have looked in the early 1800's.

Here, in Cambridge Street, I glanced to my left and photographed Cleethorpes Town Hall
in the distance.  

This is Seaview Street, a slight uphill walk takes visitors along the street with quite
a mix of shops.

Hermes Antiques, reputed to be the oldest shop in Itterby's main shopping area.

A plaque on the wall tells people about the shop and is part of a series of plaques
to guide people on the Cleethorpes Heritage Trail.   An interesting walk. 

"Marples"' a popular café and once a jewellers shop.

Opposite Marples is "The Counting House", once a bank it's now a Pub & Cafe

The Nottingham House, one of the oldest public houses in Cleethorpes and very popular.

 With a nod to "Robin of Nottingham" this is the pubs sign.

 The Point, an appartment block at the top of the hill.

 Opposite The Point is the Armed Forces Memorial Gate, buil to commemorate
all branches of the Armed Forces and is the focal point for our annual Armed forces Day.

 Parrallel to Seaview Street is Wardle Street.  Some houses have "benefitted" by 
a few bright colours.

 This is the oldest, and only surviving residence from the hamlet of Itteby.

Still in wardle Street, this is the Fishermans Arms public house.
My dad's favourite pub when home from the sea, he was a Grimsby fisherman.

At the rear is a beer garden.

The alley way alonside the pub takes visitors back to Seaview Street.

Back in Seaview Street looking back down the hill, the Fishermans Arms can be 
seen on the left.

Olympus EM1 Mk2 + 25mm lens & 9-18mm lens.

Friday 14 February 2020

Early Spring?

Following the recent "Storm Ciara" last weekend the weather hasn't improved much but today was a bit less windy, no rain but very dull.  I made the most of it and ventured out today as the UK is due another storm over this weekend, this one is "Storm Dennis".  Somehow, "Dennis" doesn't sound quite so lively, we'll see.

The Snowdrops were early this year, these are slightly passed their best.

A few fat Yews, lambs on the way.

We had our coats on too.

Celandine. (?)

This is Church path Cottage.  A Public Footpath to the church goes through their garden
and is the only means to access the church.  Difficult for weddings (and funerals).

One of the estate cottages.

This drain has been decorated somewhat.  Can you see the ornamental Otter?

Two brave Daffodils, a couple of weeks of sunshine & we'll have them everywhere.

Remains of an old fence.

Fungi on a rotting tree stump.

And finally, this little Robin followed us back to our car, it was so tame, or maybe hungry?
We had a packed lunch in the car and he/she got plenty of cheese and bread crumbs.

Olympus EM1 Mk2 + 25mm lens.

Saturday 8 February 2020

Calm before the storm.

I haven't been out with my camera much this year, today was a cold but sunny day so I took the chance to get a few pictures as later tonight and tomorrow, "Storm Ciara" is due to hit the UK with winds up to 72mph.
I walked along our North Promenade mainly, not an area I usually go to.

This is a relatively new groin at the end of the North Promenade.

Known as the "Fishtail" people like to clamber about on it.

From the end of the promenade, looking toward Grimsby Fish dock.
The "Dock Tower" can be seen to the right of the large cold store.

Looking back toward the Pier with the old wooden groynes.

Back at the popular area of amusement arcades and food outlets.

I "spotted" this Dalmatian!

Into the Market Place, I saw this reflection in an Indian Restaurant window.

Another view of the food shops in the Mkt. Place.

Finally, back home, a view of our neighbourhood from our driveway.

Olympus EM1 Mk2 + 25mm lens.