Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ABC Wednesday: G is for
Glossop Station Garden

Glossop station in Derbyshire is the terminus of a line from Manchester Piccadilly. The garden on the banking was created in 2011 by members of Friends of Glossop Station.

This view is from a train awaiting departure.

A contribution to
Our World Tuesday;
Outdoor Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday;
Good Fences.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hamlet with pigeons: a caption competition

This statuette is found in a niche on the outside of the Partington Players Theatre in Glossop, Derbyshire.

Click on the photograph for a larger version.

Please provide your own caption by posting a comment on the blogpost.

A contribution to
I'd rather b birdin;
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors;
Our World Tuesday;
Outdoor Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

ABC Wednesday:
D is for Dragon

This dragon sits proudly above the weather vane on top of the former Washington Wine Bar on the corner of East Parade and Clarence Road in Llandudno which closed in May 2012.

The original Washington Hotel, built c1885, protruded onto the Parade; the building was re-built in 1925 to align with the road, and the rest of East Parade.

The building which is Grade II listed is currently being renovated and is expected to reopen as a restaurant in 2015.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Goats at West Shore, Llandudno

These photographs (© Gerald England - click for larger versions) were taken in April 2005. I've just rediscovered them so thought it was time to share.

The Great Orme in Llandudno is home to around a hundred feral Kashmiri goats.

A trip of goats is here seen heading for the West Shore, led by an unusually black specimen (all the others I've seen were white).

A black goat persued by a white goat is using the steps over the sea wall to get onto the West Shore. In the background beyond the breakwater is Penmaenbach Head.

The collective noun for a group of goats is "trip". These have tripped down off the Great Orme to gather and graze by the West Shore breakwater.

An extremely interesting account of the Great Orme Goats can be found at

A contribution to
Scenic Weekends;
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ABC Wednesday: C is for
the Central, Colwyn Bay

(Photograph © Gerald England, 2014 - click on image for larger view)

Built in 1870, its Gothic style and use of local carboniferous limestone is an example of the early phase of the town's development which is now scarce. Originally called the Station Hotel, it would have been visible across an open field from the railway station.

See an historic photograph of the Central on the Colwyn Bay Heritage website.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Edwards of Conwy

This is part of the façade of Edwards of Conwy, a traditional Welsh, British and European award winning Master Butcher and Sausage and Pie maker located on High Street, Conwy.

For a fuller view of the front of the shop see my photograph on Geograph.

The frontage has had a makeover since Jo Turner photographed the shop in 2011.

The bike shows up in Jo's photograph but wasn't there when Richard Hoare photographed the former bank building in 2009.

And, for the record, I went in and bought a quiche to have later for supper and it was delicious.

I thought it was a mural but have bee informed by marketing manager Laura Baker "The bike is in fact a genuine butchers bike that belongs to Mr Edwards himself. The bike is attached to the wall rather than a mural and has appeared/disappeared as it is sometimes taken down to be re painted."

A contribution to Monday Murals.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Capel Tabernacl, Colwyn Bay, North Wales

This is the chapel of the Welsh Baptists, opened in 1888. The first minister was Rev. William Hughes, who had been a missionary in the Congo, and he maintained his connections by educating African children in this country. He established the Congo Institute in the town - see Three Towns Blog for more information.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunset reflections at Llandudno

Earlier this month I spent a few days in Llandudno. The promenade stretches a few miles and I found myself walking a lot of it almost twice a day so was quite exhausted by the end of my stay.

However I did take a lot of photographs. About half an hour or so before actual sunset the sun had sunk behind the Great Orme and was underlighting the clouds which were then reflected in the waters of the bay.

A contribution to
Skywatch Friday;
Weekend Reflections;
Scenic Weekends.