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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Harris hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)


The Harris's hawk or Harris hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) formerly known as the bay-winged hawk or dusky hawk, is a medium-large bird of prey that breeds from the southwestern United States south to Chile and central Argentina. Birds are sometimes reported at large in Western Europe, especially Britain, but it is a popular species in falconry and these records almost certainly all refer to escapes from captivity.

I found this one at Bodafon Farm Park, Llandudno, North Wales.

A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
I'd rather b birdin;
Camera Critters.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Swans with Cygnets at New Islington


The New Islington Marina is centred on Old Mill Street in an area of Ancoats that has seen considerable urban regeneration since the Millennium. The marina services both the Ashton Canal on one side and the Rochdale Canal on this side, although there is no direct connection here between the two canals. In the background is a large apartment block in a converted mill and known as the "Chips" building.

Hardly visible (click on image for full size version) on the left hand side shrouded in scaffolding is the distressed Ancoats Dispensary which began life in 1828 as the Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary on Great Ancoats Street. It moved to this building on Old Mill Street in 1869, in order to serve the influx of people who came to the Ancoats area during Manchester's industrial hey-day. The hospital finally closed its doors in 1996 and the dispensary building is the last remaining in the area. A group Ancoats Dispensary Trust was formed in 2012 with the aim of saving the building.


A contribution to
Weekend Reflections;
Scenic Weekends;
Saturday Critters;
I'd rather b birdin;
Camera Critters.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Peacock at Blackpool Zoo


A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
I'd rather b birdin;
Camera Critters;
Blue Monday.

High Tide behind Water Wings


This a follow up post from Sunset behind Water Wings.

Water Wings by Bruce Williams is one of the installations for the Great Promenade Show. It was designed to be viewed in motion from the adjacent tram track and road, the photographic image of a swimming child laser cut into an 8m long curved stainless steel screen gradually resolves and disappears again as the viewer moves past.

One commentator wondered what was behind it. The answer is the sea. Around it is the promenade and in front of it is the tram line and the main road is front of that.

You can see it in the fifth photograph of my post back in April 2013.

This and the earlier image were taken in June 2013.

The coloured original of this photograph can be seen on Geograph.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sunset behind Water Wings

(click on image to view full size)

Water Wings by Bruce Williams is one of the installations for the Great Promenade Show. It was designed to be viewed in motion from the adjacent tram track and road, the photographic image of a swimming child laser cut into an 8m long curved stainless steel screen gradually resolves and disappears again as the viewer moves past.

The Great Promenade Show was part of a complete reconstruction of Blackpool's South Promenade in 2001 which incorporated a major series of new public art works commissioned by Blackpool Borough Council, and described by them as "an outdoor gallery of contemporary art". Ten large-scale permanent works were installed at special viewing points along the well-designed new 2km walkway.

A contribution to Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.