Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Coombe Country Park
Great Spotted Woodpecker

I think this is a friend of another woodpecker
I photographed back in May, 2015.
This one has red on his head so I'm guessing it is a male.

Taken last Sunday.
Participating in ABC Wednesday
T is for Topmost

Monday, 23 November 2015

Calcott Brothers Manufacturers

Calcott Bros. Ltd., Far Gosford Street

Established in 1885. Made bicycles in 1886 and moved here in 1896.
Built motorcycles in 1905 and in
1913 they began manufacturing motorcars until 1924
when the company was taken over by Singer.

I am hoping that the window on the left will 
qualify for Monday Mural.  Here is a closer look below.
I do like these historical windows.

This Renaissance-style exterior has always caught my eye.
It is red brick with cream terracotta.
The company offices faced the road here.  The factory complex was
to the rear.  The building is now used for student accommodation.

Below is a clever sign in the shape of a
Calcott radiator which tells the whole story.  You will
need to click on image to enlarge.

So there you have it - 
Calcott Bros. Ltd.

Participating in MONDAY MURAL

Friday, 20 November 2015

Under The Rainbow

Coombe Country Park
View from Brinklow Road on Tuesday

These photos were taken in the rain with my iPhone.
Happily, I got the big oak tree on right.  That is the tree
I photograph occasionally in the Tree Series.

(Below) Not quite straight - but you get the idea.
Full view towards Coombe from the road.
Do I see a double rainbow?

 Participating in Skywatch Friday

Monday, 16 November 2015

A Little Coventry History

Hay Lane
Window Displays showing Coventry from 1910 to 1937
by permission of the
Coventry History Centre, The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery

Since so many buildings were destroyed in WWII, it is
wonderful that the Museum has created these permanent window displays
showing a little of Coventry's history.

The photo above is of High Street c1910.
Below is Hay Lane.  When you walk
down this Lane the window displays are
in the building on the right.  

Below is another one of the big windows reminding us 
that there were trams in Broadgate in c1937.

It you want to see the window displays of
Coventry Cathedral, have a look at my blog post yesterday.

Participating in Monday Mural

Saturday, 14 November 2015

75 Years On

Coventry Cathedral Ruins
Today is the 75th Anniversary of 
the bombing of Coventry Cathedral during a
devastating WWII eleven hour bombing raid on Coventry.

The photo above shows life in the Cathedral ruins today.
People visit, children play and many take hundreds of photographs are taken.

If you would like to read more about the Coventry Blitz,
 see paragraph headed '14th November 1940' in the link HERE.

Around the corner from the Cathedral Ruins (in Hay Lane) 
are some photographs of the Cathedral in 1930.
They are on display by permission of the Coventry History Centre,
The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery.
Have a look:

What a grand place it must have been.
I love to tell people that my husband's parents 
walked down that aisle when they were married in 1936.
Now it is quite different but still a very special place.

Coventry Cathedral is open to the public.
You can even climb the Cathedral Spire.  
It survived the war.

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How sad to wake up to the tragic news of  a
horrific terror attack in Paris last night.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Station Tower Demolition

Station Tower, Coventry Railway Station
Demolition in Process

Possibly one of my most favorite buildings
is being dismantled floor by floor.  
The photo above was taken today and the one
below was taken in May, 2015.

Below is another shot taken today.

There is another change too.  In the shot above there is 
another building missing.  It had a green banner on it in May (below).

Big changes are happening here in Coventry.
I'll hope to be back with an update in the future :).

I'm taking a day off tomorrow to work on a post for
for Saturday, 
the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Coventry Cathedral.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Remembrance Day

Grounds of Old Cathedral Ruins
Photo taken today just before 11 am.

November 14th will be the
75th Anniversary of the bombing of Coventry Cathedral.

This memorial stone commemorates the
unknown civilians killed in war. 
The original version of this stone
was carried on a 'Stonewalk' in 
America during July and August, 1999.
You can read more HERE.

Participating in ABC Wednesday
R is for Remembrance