Thursday, 22 September 2011


Sunrise this morning at Overstrand,Norfolk.

Clear skies but not the best morning for colour.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sonning on Thames.

Sonning, occasionally called Sonning-on-Thames is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Wokingham in the English county of Berkshire, a few miles east of Reading. The village is situated on the River Thames and was described by Jerome K. Jerome in his book Three Men in a Boat as "the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river".


The Camargue horse is an ancient breed of horse indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France. For centuries, possibly thousands of years,these small horses have lived wild in the harsh environment of the Camargue marshes and wetlands of the Rhone delta. There they developed the stamina, hardiness and agility for which they are known today. The Camargue horse is the traditional mount of the gardians, the Camargue "cowboys" who herd the black Camargue bulls used in bullfighting in southern France. Camargue horses galloping through water is a popular and romantic image of the region.

Camargue horses are always gray. This means that they have black skin underlying a white hair coat as adult horses. They are born with a hair coat that is black or dark brown in colour, but as they grow to adulthood, their hair coat becomes ever more intermingled with white hairs until it is completely white. They are small horses, generally standing 1.35–1.50 metres (13.1–14.3 hands) at the withers, and weighing 350 to 500 kg (770 to 1,100 lb).[3] Despite their small size, they have the strength to carry grown men. Rugged and intelligent, they have a short neck, deep chest, compact body, well-jointed, strong limbs and a full mane and tail

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


European Brown Bears

The biggest European brown bears weigh about 680kg, which is about the same as 8 adults.
Bears are ‘plantigrade’ animals. This means that they are able to stand on their two strong back legs for prolonged periods of time
The name ‘brown bear’ doesn’t come from their colour at all but from a very old Middle English word, ‘bruin’, meaning simply, ‘bear’. So these are bear bears

The bear family includes the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore, the Brown Bear, which can stand up to 3.5m (11ft) tall. Bears have a heavy build, a large skull, thick legs, and a short tail. They are found throughout Eurasia and North America, and in parts of north Africa and South America, mainly in forests. Unlike most carnivores, bears rely heavily on vegetation as a food source

Sunday, 18 September 2011

FLY AGARIC (Amanita muscaria)

Although generally considered poisonous, deaths are extremely rare, and it is consumed as a food in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.

A large conspicuous mushroom, Amanita muscaria is generally common and numerous where it grows, and is often found in groups.

Saturday, 17 September 2011


Over the years this event has attracted more and more visitors and more and more exhibitors. It is widely felt to be one of the best events of its type in the country. People who attended last year were booking accommodation before they left as they enjoyed it so much!

Winston Churchill attending Holt Stations 40's Celebrations.

Puffing away on his cigar.

This lovely young Lady posing on Sherringham Station.

Entertaining customers on Sherringham Station this talented 85 year old was amazing.

Departing Weybourne to go to war.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Shiplake Lock

Shiplake Lock is a lock and weir situated on the River Thames in England near the village of Shiplake, Oxfordshire. It is just above the points where the River Loddon joins the Thames and Shiplake Railway Bridge crosses the river. The first pound lock was built by the Thames Navigation Commission in 1773.
Shiplake Lock was the first lock on the Thames to have hydraulic operation installed in 1961. During the winter of 2009/2010 the wooden lock gates were replaced with steel gates at a cost of £600,000.

The lock was rebuilt again in 1874 and the weir in 1885. The lock island was purchased by the City of London Corporation for camping in 1891 and in 1907 the ruined mills were demolished.
The reason for the purchase of Shiplake Lock Island by the Corporation was to preserve the amenities for bathing and camping. It was managed by the Corporation's City Lands Committee. However, managing at a distance proved a problem and the island was let in perpetuity in 1914 to the Thames Conservancy. The camp was then divided into 18 plots and run by the lock keepers.

Soon after taking over, the Conservancy allowed huts to be built near the tents. The use of these was restricted to cooking and they were not to be used for sleeping. (At that time, ladies were not allowed to sleep on the island at all, but had to retire to wooden huts on the Shiplake bank).

The Thames Conservancy and its successor organisations the National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency have not been prepared to give more than a one-year lease to the plotholders. However, the community has remained remarkably static with plots passing down the family line.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Thornham is a small village of 400 inhabitants on the North Norfolk Coast. It is a popular holiday destination and also a wonderful place to live.
It is situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and famous for its salt marshes and nature reserves.
Thornham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the north Norfolk coast some 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-east of the seaside resort of Hunstanton.

Thursday, 8 September 2011


A few images that have been played with for amusement.

Combing an image of a Eagle Owl and the Rottweiler.
Its Bark is worse than its Hoot but postmen everywhere beware.

Treated in photoshop to create this image.

A little piece of humour using items sourced from the suppermarket.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Pink Rose

~ Six Rose Petals ~

I offer six rose petals.
In hopes that you will see,
My gift of love to you,
And what you mean to me.

Petal number one,
Filled so deep in love,
In hopes it will remind,
You're all I'm thinking of.

Petal number two,
Filled with all that's pure,
In hopes to bring you peace,
From any pain that you endure.

Petal number three,
I offer on one knee,
It's filled with hope and laughter,
With my love that's meant to be.

With petal number four,
Compassion holds the key,
And with it, I want to give you,
That special part of me.

Petal number five,
Enriched with smells of spring,
It offers warmth and guidance,
And the good that life can bring.

Petal number six,
I offer from my heart,
My gift of love to you,
In hopes we never part.

~ Connie E. Perry ~

Sunday, 4 September 2011

The 38th Haddenham Steam Rally - 10th & 11th September 2011

Next weekend i will be attending The 38th Haddenham Steam Rally - 10th & 11th September 2011.
Photos and cards for sale

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Norfolk Sunflowers

Field of Sunflowers growing in North Norfolk.
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas that possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head). The sunflower got its name from its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun. The sunflower has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of 1,000-2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base.

From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. Sunflower leaves can be used as cattle feed, while the stems contain a fibre which may be used in paper production.