Saturday, 1 August 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Bicycle

Coventry Transport Museum


1879 Lawson Bicyclette made in Sussex (front)
and
1885 Rudge Penny Farthing made in Rudge Factory, Crow Lane, Coventry (back)


Coventry is the birthplace of the British Cycle and Motor industry.
In 1888 Rover Safety Bicycle (below)
was made by John Kemp Starley's Rover Company in Coventry.
This bicycle is considered to be the first modern bicycle
and is one of the most important inventions of the past 200 years.



As you can see, Coventry Transport Museum 
has a comprehensive collection of bicycles.



The museum is free and you can spend as much time as 
you like looking at the bicycles as well as
everything you ever wanted to know about 
Coventry's rich motor industry.


I couldn't leave out these bright
red wheels on the velocipede (below)
known in Britain as the
'Boneshaker' because it was so uncomfortable to ride.


I've visited the museum many times and used one of their 
displays in CDP's 'Revolution' Theme Day back in May.

For more bicycle photographs from members of 
City Daily Photo, please follow the link - HERE.



Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Clouds...

...with 3 fighter jets out training (I hope).

Mablethorpe


This was taken recently when we had an outing to the seaside.
You often see these jets (lower right corner) training off the coast in Lincolnshire.
They sound loud.

By the way, those clouds are a daily feature here in Coventry.
At least today we had no rain and it was actually 'warm' :).

It takes about 2 1/2 hours to drive to Mablethorpe from Coventry.

Participating in Skywatch Friday


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Shakespeare Express

Snow Hill Station
Looking up Cromwell Street, Birmingham


4965 Rood Ashton Hall Steam Train 

Built in 1929 for the Great Western Railway.
 The photo above was taken at Snow Hill Station
looking between the engine and carriage.

Below is the full view taken at 
Stratford Upon Avon Station later in the day.


On Sunday we had a fun day taking a
steam train ride from Birmingham to
Stratford and back.




Unfortunately, it rained a good portion of the day.
The couple of hours we had in Stratford was
spent taking short walks with plenty of stops for tea!


If you fancy a trip on a steam train like this,
please follow the link for The Shakespeare Express.

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Across The Street

Mill Street, Warwick
Taken last week.


These timber framed houses are lovely but what gets me
is the sight these homes have from their front doors....


...Warwick Castle.

There is a big wall between the Grade II listed homes in Mill Street
and the castle.  I did use a zoom lens here but believe me,
the castle does look that big when you are standing in Mill Street.

  Below is a photo I used in my blog
in 2012 taken from Guy's Tower (tower with flag - above) looking down to where I
am standing in the top photo.  You can see Mill Street and
a little of the timber framed buildings.


It is nice to get these three photos together on one page.

Warwick Castle is about 20 minutes from Coventry.
Well worth a visit!!!!

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Friday, 17 July 2015

Top Of The Tower

St Mary's Church
Warwick


The skyline of Warwick is dominated
by this magnificent church tower.  

For more about St Mary's Church,
please click the link HERE.

Participating in Skywatch Friday


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Royal Station - Wolferton

Wolferton Train Station is a tad over 2 miles from
Sandringham (the Queen's Country Retreat).
Between 1862 and 1911 over
600 Royal Trains arrived or departed from
the platform below.


Parts of the station are now a museum.
When you visit, you will find a guest book,
leaflets and cards at the end of the public platform
right behind where I am standing (below).


The station closed in 1962.  The tracks are gone.
The waiting rooms on the left are now a private residence.
You are free to walk up the platform on the right and 
around to the main entrance (below).


The little building (below) is full a memorabilia
including wonderful photos of the station and Royal visitors.




The Signal Box (above) is Grade II listed.
Located just across the street from the station.

Below is one more look from the street
to the main platform.



And, just to be sure you are in the right place -
have a look at this great sign up the street from the station.


The house (above) was built as the Station Master's House.
It is Grade II listed.  Built in 1897.


My husband loves the old train stations. So do I.
If ever you visit East Norfolk and Sandringham,
save and hour to visit 
Wolferton.









Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A Taste Of Hunstanton

Located on the East Coast of Norfolk, Hunstanton 
is the perfect seaside town to spend a day, or more.



Especially known for these unique striped cliffs (below).
You can walk down to the coast line from either end of the cliffs.
See the old Lighthouse from this angle - the town is beyond.


The cliffs are every bit as striking as they look here.


Plenty of beach, too.


The town is delightful with loads of shops,
restaurants and Victorian architecture.  


There is a wonderful walk through the gardens
along the cliffs known as The Wolf Trail.


The trail is dotted with interesting signs telling the story about
England's first patron saint, St Edmund -
a famous visitor to Hunstanton and more. (click image to make larger)




You can even stop for a cup of tea.

We did :).














(Below) Here is that lighthouse I mentioned earlier -
looking through ruins of St Edmunds Memorial Chapel
(built in 1272).


One last look at those magnificent cliffs (the town is behind me),


before we go to Fishers for fish & chip, and



then enjoy the sunset before heading back to our hotel.


Hunstanton is the only west facing town on the East Coast.  

Hope you enjoyed this brief visit to Hunstanton.  There is
so much more, like Old Hunstanton, those nature trails, etc etc.
We came here three times during our Norfolk holiday.

Participating in Our World Tuesday