Friday, September 04, 2015

Five on Friday

Five on Friday is back after a summer break so I'm joining in with  Amy at Love Made my Home for this week's Friday five.  Click on the link at the bottom of this post to find others who are joining in too.

During our recent visit to Croome Park, near Pershore in Worcestershire we spotted some of the fabulous birds that have been installed in the woodlands for this summer.  Made of fibreglass they are each about two metres in length and created by Will Datson.  Their plumage has been designed by four different artists  Sharon Farrelly, Lucy Hutchinson, Santhanha Nguyen and James Birkin. The birds are decorated with historical references taken from the history of Croome. The shape of the bird is taken from a golden pheasant because the wife of the 6th Earl of Coventry kept a menagerie of rare and beautiful birds including golden and silver pheasants.




Isn't it good that Five on Friday is back? I have a quite busy day today so I'll catch up with you all this evening.
Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend everyone.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Miscellany - 3

We have been away for a few days as it was my birthday last Friday and I spent it visiting some lovely buildings in Worcester.  We also managed to pull in a visit to a National Trust property on the way down the day before and an English Heritage property on the way back home on Saturday.

I'll probably write a post about some of these places later but in the meantime here are one or two photos of the places we visited.


First visit was Croome Park where there is of course the house and grounds and also an interesting church, lovely walks and an great RAF Museum.

The house itself is under wraps and surrounded by scaffolding.

 But you can take the steps to the top of the scaffolding

Have a cup of tea or coffee at the Sky Cafe

and enjoy some wonderful views.

In Worcester we loved the old buildings on Friar Street


 Below is Greyfriars House, Garden and tea room it belongs to the National Trust.



We were taken on a very interesting guided tour around the house which has an amazing story about its preservation.

The Cathedral is as beautiful as I remember it from way back in the early 70s when I first visited.

 I did take lots of photos inside but am not allowed to publish any on line.  There was an exhibition about the Magna Carta inside as King John is buried in the cathedral and his tomb stands before the alter.  Other things of interest are Prince Arthur's Chantry, the Beauchamp tomb and the Norman Crypt.

 The Museum and Art Gallery was fascinating, again no photos from inside can be published without permission.
The Commandery which we loved and spent ages wandering around.  There is so much history here.

Of course it being a Bank Holiday coming up re-enactors and stall holders were getting ready for a special weekend of displays.
 
 Saturday morning at English Heritage's Witley Court was quiet and peaceful after a busy day in the city the day before. 

 You will have seen the fountain and lake in my previous post so here are a few more photos.

The Winter Garden

 The interior of the church - a Baroque Fiesta - I can't show other photos of the inside as there was an art exhibition spread across the whole area and copyright applies to the modern paintings. 

All for now on this wet and miserable Bank Holiday.  I woke up to the sound of rain and it hasn't stopped yet.  I'll be back with Five on Friday.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Photo Scavenger Hunt - August


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.

Walk


 Visitors walk over the new Chinese Bridge at Croome Park in Worcestershire.

Horizontal

Horizontal stripes on a Cornish Ware jar at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Square


Square tiles on the floor of a room in The Commandery, Worcester.  Called the Commandery as it was from here that Charles II established his headquarters before the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Diversity

 As I looked at this photo I was struck by the diversity of wildlife in and around the lake which is at Witley Court, near Worcester.  Trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, birds, dragonflies, bees, wasps, butterflies and other insects and also all the wildlife living down in the water of the lake too.

Rough


The rough texture of the Tufa stone contrasts with the smoother stone of the statue.  Photo taken at Croome Park, Worcestershire.

Bow

Bows on an 18th century style dress at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire

Joy

The Perseus and Andromeda fountain at Witley Court near Worcester caused much joy to visitors as it was activated at 11.a.m. and reached its full force and height in a few minutes.  Whitley Court is a ruin, after a disastrous fire which started on 7th September 1937.

Forgotten

I spotted the little umbrella hanging on a fence in the small show gardens at Trentham Estate when we were walking around.  I wonder if a child had left it there whilst stopping to do something else and forgotten it or if a passer by had found it and put it there so it would be seen.  Either way it seems to match the fence in colour doesn't it?

Crowd

As I steer clear of crowds as much as possible I was wondering how on earth I could interpret this particular topic.  We have lots of sparrows in the hedges and bushes that surround our garden and the other day there was quite a lot of them.  Apparently the collective noun term for Sparrows can be one of three words a host, a quarrel or a ubiquity.  They are certainly ubiquitous in our garden but for the purposes of the scavenger hunt they are a crowd of Sparrows.

Colourless

This plant's seed head was very dry and a pale cream colour against the background of bright summer greens, I enhanced this paleness by making the photo black and white.

Friendly

 This little friendly robin came to sit near our table outside the Lakeside cafe at Trentham Gardens.  I think he or she was looking for crumbs but we only had coffee.  He stayed quite a while watching us before deciding we didn't have any food to offer him.

Whatever you want 

 A collage of photos I took of the painted room in The Commandery in Worcester.  The paintings date from c1475 when the building was a hospital dedicated to St Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester.  It is thought that this room was the infirmary and the paintings were there to comfort the sick.

As you can see from some of the photos we've been away for a few days in Worcestershire.  I will write a post or two about the places we've visited over the next week or two.  I'll hopefully be catching up with all your posts in the next day or two too.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Miscellany - 2

A few photos I took recently in the kitchen garden at Trentham.  I wish my garden was like this one but the soil here is so rich unlike our hard and heavy clay.  All the gardens look very colourful at this time of year with all the different seasonal flowers but I thought there was some lovely colour in the vegetables too.  

Small apple trees used as an edging to one of the beds

Colourful marigolds

Swiss Chard?

Ruby Chard

Lettuce

Sunflowers

Purple runner beans, or are they French beans, or is that the same thing?

Yellow courgettes

Sunflowers and Blue Borage

Yellow Pumpkin

Helenium

There is such a rich abundance of tempting, colourful produce to be found.
It's a golden time of year in the garden.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Miscellany

I thought I just show you a few photos of things that have interested, amused or delighted me over the last few days so here is my Monday Miscellany.

The lovely dress above was in the National Trust's shop at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire when we visited last week. I think it was made from fabric woven at the mill. 

A complete contrast to the display of clothes worn by the factory girls for the television series The Mill.

The poor little sparrows who live in our hedges were visited by the Sparrowhawk (aka the grim reaper earlier this week, he did fly off empty clawed though so they did live to chirrup for another day.

This is a neighbour's cat who regularly visits our garden and house.  He comes in through the cat flap and steals our cats' food. They rarely challenge him so he gets away with it. I like him though because he is such a lovely cat.


One of several horse statues outside Lichfield Cathedral.

A face in a window at Erasmus Darwin's House in Lichfield

Large artichokes in the kitchen garden at Quarry Bank Mill

Squirrel on the fence between us and next door - he has a large nut between his paws and is dropping bits all over the place as he chews it.

Display of T G Green Cornishware at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, Swadlincote.  I used to love visiting the factory shop at nearby Church Gresley but it closed down a few years ago.  Upstairs in the museum is The Magic Attic full of information for local and family historians.  They have helped me find out a couple of things for my family history research in the area as most of my paternal side of the family come from Swadlincote, Midway, Church Gresley and Newhall.

This little robin came to join us as we sat drinking coffee at the lakeside cafe at Trentham one morning this week.  I think he was hoping in vain for crumbs but he posed for quite a few photos before he flew off. 

 Some of the signs and notices around and about on our visit to Quarry Bank Mill.  There was a trail of paw prints for the children (and adults!) to follow to seek out the cat hidden in the mill.  I did spot it but won't say where it is here just in case someone reading this wants to visit and follow the trail.