Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This is the Crich cliff, in reality, a quarry face (which was recently re-opened). The tower on the top is Crich stand, a memorial to the 17/21st lancers. Information can be found here;
This is the same picture with the zoom off. Don't forget, you can click on any of the pictures to get a larger version. It's really ethereal when you see the land like this.
Another, similar view.
One last one, as I just LOVE the way this looks in the mist.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my 'fruitful' account of a misty Derbyshire day.
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Monday, December 11, 2006
Here's the spire of St Peters church. This is at the bottom of exchange walk, and looks down on all the festivities below.
Indian Pan Pipe players. Pan Pipes are as old as the hills, but I had to chuckle at the battery of modern gear behind this 'authentic' band. They had a portable generator, mixing deck, echo machine, etc etc. Of course, there were the ubiquitous CD's on sale too!
Now THIS is what you CALL a choir! They sang their hearts out, and were very good too. I watched them for many a while on the council house steps before moving on.
Looking along some of the German market stalls.
Please go to part two (below)
Here's the sausage stall, before it got busy, and BOY! Did it get BUSY!
I counted 200 sausages on here, and later on, they couldn't keep up with demand! I'd like the cash takings from this stall, at the end of the day.
When you're in a city, any city, look up. There's the most sublime architecture on show. Most people miss it, but I always take time to look up. This little spire, for instance. A lot of pride and craftsmanship went into this, what a shame if it goes unnoticed?
Here too, pressed into the side of a building, is a little topped out spire.
And just LOOK at the workmanship on these figurines over the Council house frontage!
Inside the shopping malls of Victoria and broad marsh, they've really gone to town on the decorations. This tree was really well done.
Please move on to the last part, part three (below)
As darkness started to fall, the other side of the Xmas decorations surfaced - the LIGHTS! All the stalls on the market took on a different look, the sort of look that gets children (and me) excited and expectant.
People milling around at the side of the council house. It was more crowded than it looks - I waited quite a long time to get this shot.
Look now at the way things look.
Under the Xmas tree - Santa's sleigh and reindeer.
The lovely Christmas tree in market square.
Lights on exchange walk.
The dome on top of the council house. Whoever had this idea deserves a pat on the back. The columns are lit up in an array of colours, changing hue every five seconds or so. This sort of show comes second only to fireworks, in my book.
And so I boarded the tram to make my way home. I never tire of Nottingham, but I am not sure I want to be there too long after dark!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
The weekend of the 1st of December (a VERY special date) saw the Robin Hoods bay Victorian weekend. I have attended this before, and it's usually a really good weekend with many of the locals entering into the spirit, but this weekend was slightly marred by the spectre of 'health and safety'. I WON'T get on the soapbox here, just suffice to say, I really don't think kids should have to wear goggles to watch Punch & judy - and neither do they need traffic control in the bay. TWELVE accident free years this weekend has been running. If it's NOT broken - DON'T fix it! Anyway - here are a few of the 'players'.
This lady wasn't playing at it - she really could spin, and to a really high standard too!
How about this for a proper handlebar moustache??? This man is a pukka gen member of the British handlebar moustache club, and a nice guy to boot!
This is Ann, she is one of the BEST squeeze box players I've ever heard. Her 'box' is a Cooper, and was made from bits and bobs. NOT what you'd call a Heath Robinson affair - it took THREE YEARS to make, and cost her a lot of money. The finished article was well worth the wait, and has increased in value accordingly. Not that Ann would sell it!
HEAR YE - HEAR YE - TWO TOWN CRIERS SPOTTED IN ROBIN HOODS BAY!
HEAR YE - HEAR YE!!!
What a LOVELY couple - one of many that made the effort for the weekend.
So - there you go then, Robin Hoods bay Victorian weekend in a nutshell! I hope you like the pictures, and next year, why not try and get there yourself? My FAVOURITE B&B is here;
Tell 'em Les sent you!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
On the top of Rawhead, there was the ubiquitous Trig' point (or 'Ordnance column', as Wainwright used to call them).
These are the 'dropping stones'. I'm not sure how they got this 'handle', but there may be information on the link. Just click on the link below the title (above) and read more (I haven't read the link myself yet).
This is a distant view of Peckforton and Beeston castles.
Birch bracket fungi on a fallen tree trunk. This fungi is also called the 'razor strop fungi', as it is said barbers used to use it to sharpen up their cut-throat razors, the surface is SO rough.
(sound of Les falling to the floor)
How posh is THIS???? Broxton hall. I had brunch and a pint here. The date above the window said that part of the hall dated from 1671, but the various parts have different dates, having being added to over the years.