Saturday 30 July 2022

Along the roadside.

 We parked near Wold Newton, were the roadside verge had not yet been cut, and I photographed the grasses & flowers.  Not a bright day but ideal for photographing.

Olympus EM1 Mk2 + 12-40 Pro lens.

Wednesday 27 July 2022

Update on my garden.

 July has been a difficult month in the garden.  The heatwave brought a lot of flowers on early and the containers needed watering twice daily.  I took a few photo's on a rare dull day as I prefer that for photographing flowers.

My grass is a disgrace, I don't call it a lawn.  The heat has stopped it growing, plus my
dog is a girl and when they wee on grass it kills it.


Dahlias & Zinnias.

Rudbeckia, Zinnias, Begonias & Lobelia.

Despite the heat my tomatoes are a long way from ripening.

Joey emerging from his garden house.


A general view of the containers and Joey's house on the right, next to my cold frame.

More pots on the patio.  


Thanks for viewing my blog.

Olympus EM2 + 12-40mm Pro lens.


Sunday 24 July 2022

Arum Lilly patterns.

 A neighbour has some wonderful Arum Lillies in his garden.

I found the leaves very attractive as pattern pictures.

Olympus EM10 Mk2 + 60mm macro lens.

Saturday 16 July 2022

Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away home.

 I was sat in my garden listening to the cricket when I saw a Ladybird climbing in an Alchemilla Mollis plant.  I spent the next half hour observing it's movements and taking photographs.  Lots of photograph but here are just a few of them.

For anyone not familiar with the title, "Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away home", its from an old English nursery rhyme.  Below is a link for more details at Wikipedia.

This Ladybird was very active and acrobatic.

Once or twice it started to open it's wing cases and I hoped to get it taking off.

But then it just continued climbing around.

Another preparation for flight? 

Well, I nearly got it, but then, as the nursery rhyme says, it flew away home.
(To another plant actually, but I'd already missed a lot of the cricket so called it a day)

Olympus EM10 Mk2 + 12-60mm Lumix lens.


Saturday 9 July 2022

08 (Louth Canal Project). Alvingham.

 At Alvingham we see an example of how the locks were built and, although they are derelict, enough remains to give us an idea of their size and construction.   The Louth Navigation Canal skirts around the village of Alvingham but there are other things of interest to see before we reach it.

On approaching Alvingham there's an old AA sign on the end of this farm building.
A reminder of one of the reasons the canals in general fell into decline, as transporting
goods by road was considered more efficient. 

One of the tourist attractions at Alvingham is the watermill. 

Alvingham Mill, once open to the public but now a private residence.  The current owner
told me he intends to open it to the public again, if only on limited occasions.  This is not the 
canal however, but a stream running off it to power the mill.

A Muscovy duck that resides here. 

To reach the canal you must walk through the farmyard adjacent to the mill, it's a public footpath.

There's a church directly off the farmyard, one of two situated adjacent to each other, one is 
St. Mary's and the second is St. Adelwood.

This is the second church, in a more open area.

Following the footpath through both churches leads on to the footbridge over the canal.

Just a simple footbridge here and the canal can be seen approaching on the right.

Very overgrown and silted up but this is relatively clear compared to some stretches. 
Lots of Trout can be seen from the footbridge.  Fishing rights on the canal are held by
the Scunthorpe Angling Society.

Another view of the second church on our way back to the car.

It's a working farm so care is needed passing through here.

About a mile along from the churches the canal reaches a substantial system of locks. 

This lock, and the next one on our journey, (Ticklepenny Lock) are the deepest of the remaining
locks on the Louth canal system.  Made of brick and stone they  are really only missing their gates. 

This is where a gate would have been, the post for it is still set into the lock wall opposite.
The ironwork is intact on both sides.

The road bridge can be seen here, it would have been a swing bridge.

The construction of the lock is described as a "Barrel Lock", the sides are curved as can 
be seen here in the photo.  This used the same principles as arched bridges which made them
very strong to carry traffic over them.  I this case the curved sides resemble an arched bridge
turned through 90 degrees to hold back the force of the surrounding clay.

This shows the two levels, the original system of eight locks along the canal dropped the
water level by 46 feet.

The road bridge.

Taken from the bridge we get a view of the lock system.

A final, perhaps more picturesque view of the lock at Alvingham.

Olympus EM1 Mk2 + 12-40mm Pro lens.