Friday, July 03, 2015

Five on Friday

Once again I'm joining in with  Amy at Love Made my Home for Five on Friday.  Click on the link at the bottom of this post to find others who are joining in too.

I missed Five on Friday last week as I was away in Norfolk for a few days so it seems apt for this Five on Friday to show you some of the places we visited whilst we were there. These are places we had visited before but wanted to see again.  I will elaborate on some of them in later posts and show you more photos then but for now here are five of the things that have delighted my eyes and senses over this last week.

1. Castle Rising Village

Castle Rising is one of my favourite castles and I'll write a post on our visit later. 

 Above - The Castle
below - The village Church.

2.  The North Norfolk Coast

 My first sight of the sea this year - above the beach at Holme Dunes and below at Hunstanton

3. Norfolk Poppies, Daisies, Lavender and wild Orchids

4.  Castle Acre Village

 Above Castle Acre Priory and below Castle Acre Castle.  The Priory ruins are amazing and the herb garden was gorgeous.  More on this later.

5. Oxborough Hall

 A 15th Century moated manor house - again more on this in another post.

As you can imagine I have loads of photos to sort through and more places to write about over the next week or so.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Photo Scavenger Hunt - June

Once again it's time to join in with the Photo Scavenger Hunt kindly organised by greenthumb at Made with Love  just click on the link  to find other participants.

J is for?

J is for Jay
An Animal Alphabet exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre.  Using paintings, ceramics and birds and animals from the wildlife displays in the galleries.


An old wheel hub spotted at Trentham Gardens.


The smooth rowing of the rower on the lake at Trentham Gardens


When I'm riding my exercise bike overlooking the garden I can imagine that I am cycling down a country lane under a canopy of trees, or across a coastal path overlooking the sea, or cycling through a typical English village past cottages with thatched roofs and roses around the door or in the realms of academe cycling to studies at an ancient college with books in the basket at the front of the bike.  


Classic scooter of the late 60s early 70s in a shop window display in King's Lynn.


These bears which reside in our sitting room are very similar aren't they?


A seat at Trentham Gardens- parallel slats in the seat both vertical and horizontal

Socks for sale in the shop at Norfolk Lavender, Heacham, King's Lynn


 Three Melon beads of the Roman period at the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester


A mug with the first rose and some elderflowers in it.

 I love posting letters to friends

Whatever you want

I loved this little chap.  Just one day old when I took the photo he is a white-naped Crane at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park in Norfolk.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Taking a Break

The first strawberries have been picked as have the first gooseberries.  There are roses and elderflowers in the garden and the cats are snoozing wherever and whenever they can.

It's time to take a short break.  

I'll see you all again soon.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Flint Castle

Last Monday, having spent the weekend at home we decided a day out was needed so we made a picnic lunch and were off early to drive up to Flint to visit the castle before crossing the Flintshire bridge to Connah's Quay and driving round to the RSPB Burton Mere Nature Reserve which is on the opposite side of the Dee estuary and which I featured on day fifteen of my 30 Days Wild blog.

There is a good car park close to the walk up to the castle and there was just us, a couple of local people and a Dutch family visiting the castle.  We had it almost to ourselves to discover and explore.  It is quite well maintained but there was a bit of litter about which seemed a shame.  Entry is free during opening hours.

The ruins are quite extensive with what remains of the four towers around the inner bailey.  Begun in 1277 it was one of the first of the castles to be built in Wales by Edward I.  It is often overshadowed by its fellow castles along this north west coastline namely Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris.

In view is the North-East tower and you can just see the estuary behind the great tower to the right of the photo above.
This is the main entrance with a bridge over the moat.

A view of the Dee estuary from the bridge over to the main gate

Looking upwards you can see how thick the walls are

Another view of the North-East Tower

Views up and down the estuary from the castle walls above the Connah's Quay power station and the Flintshire Bridge.

 The tower to the right of the main entrance is the Great or Donjon tower.  This is back across the moat by another bridge and cut off from the rest of the castle interior.

This is two stories high and was built as a final stronghold if the castle should be besieged.  It has galleries running around the central open area with two walls each 6ft in thickness with an open area or corridor about 20ft in diameter running in between the walls.

You can see these corridors in between the walls above and below

Below is a view across the inner bailey of the castle towards the North West Tower.  You can see the well in the centre.

Down in the moat beside the north east and north west towers

On the photo below you can see the modern lifeboat station behind the castle ruins.

We had a walk across the salt marshes on the estuary.

You could imagine the boats coming into the side of the castle

You can see the layout of the castle on the drawing below which I photographed on one of the information panels

From the castle is was just a short drive over the Flintshire Bridge to the south end of the Wirral and our second stop which was the RSPB Nature Reserve at Burton Mere.  I think I took this photo as we drove across the bridge on our way back home.

Much more information on Flint Castle can be found -  here

30 Days Wild, Week Three - Summary

Here is a summary of my adventures in week three of the 30 Days Wild challenge organised by the Wildlife Trusts in which you try to get out and about in nature and do something wild everyday, doesn't matter how big or small, just a little something everyday for thirty days.

Day 15
Visited the RSPB Nature Reserve at Burton Mere and saw a stoat

Day 16
Walked in the local park

Day 17
Found the Secret Garden in the local Museum

Day 18
Found an Angle Shades moth in the garden

Day 19
Was joined for a while in the garden by a young robin

Day 20
After rain went out to discover striped snails in the garden

Day 21
Walked in a local country park and down a canal towpath

You will find more on each of these on my 30 Days Wild blog - click on the link on my sidebar