Sunday, August 27, 2017

Swindon Railway Museum

The man himself, Isambard.

A beautifully restored Castle Class locomotive.  Wonder if I 'spotted' this loco when I was a lad?

Friday, August 25, 2017

With the Lads at Bristol Zoo

The last time I was here was in 1973/4 with Sarah.

The highlight of the day, Noah 'go for it!!, Isaac, wwwwwwhat, me next?'

Cutest guy there, all feet and beak.

We three were the exhibits for a mo in the underwater tunnel.  Can't miss the white hat.

Westbury Court Gardens.

 The garden was laid out at the end of the 17 century,  this view from a 1712 engraving.

 The garden missed the attention of Capability, and is structurally much as back then, if a little clipped.  The house is no more, but the church with spire still sits there.

Also this viewing room which is in the top right of the engraving.

Pinetum Lodge, Highnam Woods

A log cabin was our stay for three nights.

In the midst of the  pinetum, a partly resorted 150 year old collection of pine trees. We had the run of the place to ourselves all 34 acres of meandering paths through the trees.

A bonus for the lads on there visit, a two level tree house

Guess who just beat granddad at chess.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

San Fran House Update.

With the front of the house almost complete,

it is time to make a start on the interior.  And a very grand interior this is going to be.   The new 'floating' stairway.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Llandegfedd Reservoir

This is the seventh park area we have found with public access and, most importantly, with a  visitor's cafe.  They are all with in a 30 mins or so drive from our bung on the hill.

Spooky woods to walk through.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol Cymru

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is sited in the grounds of Middleton Hall.  The servants quarters are pretty much all that is left of the original hall, after a major fire in the 1930's destroyed the main house.

Nelson Memorial centre circle.

 Forster's glass house,

housing a Mediterranean climate.

A Day Out West

Often the forecasters on the BBC are beaten by the Welsh weather.  Where has that rainy day gone?

 First into the tropics,

where the butterflies roam in numbers.

 Gek pondering why our garden is not so colour full

And such an amazing variety to admire.

The Big Cheese

Every year there is a big fair in Caerphilly castle when the area is open to all.

 Including the Tudors(?)

All the fun of the fair, and despite appearances, no rain.