Friday, 30 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: Z - Zebra

When I learnt the alphabet it always began with 'A' for apple (as my challenge started) and ended with 'Z' for Zebra.

So here they are:


These were at Newquay Zoo the ones below at the zoo in Detroit.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: Y - Yarm

 If you follow the A67 from my previous post you will find yourself in the town of Yarm.

There you will be able to see the bridge built originally in the 1400s when it was the bridge over the River Tees nearest the sea.

Yarm Bridge with the Viaduct behind it.

Hopefully you will have seen a shot of the Viaduct under the letter 'V'.

You can get a feel for the size of it from this shot in the town.

The town hall (1700s) would probably fit under one of the arches.

If you have time it will be no problem to explore - 

Yarm Castle

Probably not what sightseers were expecting is it?

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: X - Cross Roads

 'X' was always going to pose a problem for me until a roadsign like this gave me an idea.

Roundabout ahead

For all of us who live here it simply is the Cross Roads so I guess that's an 'X" for me.

Where I collect my paper has Cross Roads Garage as its address.

Many of the drivers from the A1044 ignore the island in the middle, rarely slow down as they drive straight over, making me crosser (X er) and crosser (X er, X-er) when I have to make my way safely from the A67 to the garage.


Tuesday, 27 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: W - Wood Pigeon, Weddings, Whitby

 Wood pigeons are very common in our village and currently a pair are building a nest in one of our hedges. Still they can take a rest from time to time.

Two wedding photos separated by more than 60 years - I'll let you decide which is which.

We live quite close to Whitby, the North Yorkshire town associated with many things including Captain Cook, Dracula and of course the Abbey.

Whitby Harbour

Not all visitors are allowed in the Visitor Centre and some then decide to get in everybody's way.

Others just find the walking too much to handle.

Monday, 26 April 2021

A-Z 2021 Challenge - Photo Shoot: V - Viaduct, Turkey Vulture, Valhalla

 The Isles of Scilly have seen a lot of shipwrecks. The Valhalla Museum on the island of Tresco has figureheads on show recovered from some of the wrecks.

As you can see Valhalla is part of the National Maritime Museum.

Soaring high in the sky is this Turkey Vulture captured in the USA.

One of the sights that is hard to miss is the viaduct in the town less than three miles from where we live.

Yarm Viaduct crossing the River Tees

Nearly 700 metres long the viaduct, carrying a railway line, has 43 arches which dominate the town.

Larpool Viaduct in the Esk Valley ( a minnow with 13 arches)

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Sunday Stamps - Sports: Great Britain

 One games - three events in the 9th British Commonwealth Games.




This set was issued on 15th July 1970 for the Games held at Edinburgh.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

A - Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: U - USA

 When we visit the USA we quite often end up going to see well known houses or houses once owned by well known people like Edsel Ford.

Front entrance to the house

Unfortunately photography was not allowed while touring the inside so I can only show you another view.

The full furnished play house built in the grounds for his young daughter was also worth a look.

A bit different to a dolls house I think you would agree.

Friday, 23 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: T - Transporter Bridge, Tees Barrage, Temenos, Turkey

 The iconic symbol of Middlesbrough can be seen from a long way away.

Transporter Bridge (from Saltholme Nature Reserve)

But in these days of public art it supposedly has a competitor.

Temenos (by Anish Kapoor)

I know which one I prefer.
Another feature of the River Tees is the barrage that now controls the river, rendering tideless upstream.

Tees Barrage controls the water released seawards

Down stream with the river in full flow

Somehow I wouldn't describe any of these structures as  - 

A turkey

Thursday, 22 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: S - Sam, Sveti Stefan, Soo, Scout

 In the beginning the brother and sister were - 

Sam and Maxie

Maxie appeared earlier under 'M'.  Sam was the Golden 'Yellow' Labrador who would not go into water deeper than his knees.

Deep snow didn't bother him

Unfortunately when he got older he suddenly went blind, but this did not stop him getting about.

If you have time you may read an article about him which was published in Dogs Monthly (a UK magazine) - you will find it at When Darkness Falls

Now that people are thinking of foreign holidays again it has reminded me of a place we visited what seem like many years ago.

Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan is a small island on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro and is reached by the causeway you can see in the centre. Accommodation is in individual cottages.

Finally today it's the dog owned by our younger son.

Soo - ready for action

Not bad for a Springer.

But there is another dog. He insists on having the last word.


Wednesday, 21 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: R - Red Panda, Rhino, Ring Tailed Lemur, Rabbit

 Animals from Detroit  and Newquay zoos feature today.

From Detroit

A Red Panda watches on

While a rhino keeps guard - 

In Newquay others prefer to lounge around

While one just shows off

Ring Tailed Lemur

Much more demure is the wild animal found in my garden 

Rabbit having lunch

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

A-Z Challenge 2021 - Photo Shoot: Q - Quarry Wood, Quill, Queueing

 I was all of a quiver trying to find a photo to match 'Q', then I remembered the nature reserve at Preston Park. 

There is no quarry left there anymore just footpaths to follow through the wood beside the River Tees.

I learnt to write using a pen with a real nib before graduating to a fountain pen before the biro came along. I never had the chance to use a quill.

I understand these were made from 

Tail feathers of a bird

Somehow I don't think that from a wood pigeon, a victim of a hungry sparrow hawk would have been good enough. I believe the tail feathers from a goose were once preferred.

"Quill etc" by studentofrhythm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In these pandemic days queueing has been necessary to gain access to many places - and don't ask about public lavatories. Even dogs have problem it seems