Which way photo challenge

I’m running (walking) a bit late for  Cee’s which way challenge but each day. except Sunday I wend my way by this tree at the bottom of our drive.

Without looking back

And ignoring

The snicket

Using a  footpath by this sign

has become more difficult

But who wants to walk by

Heaps of farmyard and riding school manure

I’d rather stop and admire a close-up of

The dandelions 

Before reaching the roundabout at the end of the road.

and turning round to head for home.

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Trees – Thematic Photography

There are some village trees you become attached to, like these sycamores which stand next door to our front garden.

These beech trees has just been trimmed with the Council’s approval. You are not allowed to ‘butcher’ them.

They are right next to the footpath and from the size of their girth they must have stood there for at least 200 years.

Further up the road is the nearest walnut tree to our bungalow – 400 plus yards away.

I wonder every year if this is where the squirrels get the nuts I keep finding, buried in our back lawn.

As you will have seen it’s too early yet for any of these to be in leaf.

However with the horse chestnut in the local wood there are the first signs of things to come.

In the woods themselves there are different signs of life in the trees.

A tree trunk with its roots ripped out of the ground
But check out all the young trees and saplings that surround it, promising to more than fill the gap that it has left.
Elsewhere in the wood there is little left of what was once a tree.
Back home I find the sycamores’ revenge in the gravel of our pull-in.

Last year I had to weed out nearly 2000 of the damned things!

Guess I’ll need a rest before I get down to that. Just one set of trees to move first.

For the ‘inspiration’ behind this post just visit Carmi at Thematic-photographic-418-trees.

A-Z Challenge 2018 – British Rivers; ‘E’ Esk

The River Esk is Yorkshire’s premier salmon and sea trout river, and the only river in Yorkshire to have freshwater pearl mussels. Its 28 mile course flows west to east through the Yorkshire National Park and enters the North Sea at Whitby, the town famous for its connection with Captain Cook and Dracula.

The replica barque Endeavour leaving the Esk into Whitby Harbour.
Road bridge over the Esk in Whitby

We have walked over that bridge many times on the way up to Whitby Abbey,

On the other side of the bridge it’s possible to get onto the quayside.

Between 1882 and 1884 a viaduct was constructed across the river to carry a single track railway between Scarborough and Whitby.

Larpool (or Esk Valley) viaduct

The viaduct is mentioned in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, in Mina Murray’s Journal, “The little river, the Esk, runs through a deep valley, which broadens out as it comes near the harbour. A great viaduct runs across, with high piers, through which the view seems somehow further away than it really is.”


The rail service closed in 1965 and the now Grade II listed viaduct is part of the Scarborough to Whitby Rail Trail, it’s also promoted as a cycle track – “Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track.”


We never tire of Whitby and its views but not everyone feels the same when refused entry to the Abbey when they have walked up 199 steps.

No wonder he has emptied the barrel that was tied to us neck.


Photo attribution:

  • Larpool Viaduct: * September 2016 by Acsson – CC BY-SA 4.0

A-Z Challenge 2018 – British Rivers: ‘C’ Chater and Camel

There were two rivers in the village in which I was born – both will feature in this Challenge.


If you walked down Bull Lane in the Rutland village of Ketton, to get to Algate, the path took you across a footbridge over the River Chater. 

River Chater at Ketton from the Sinc Bridge looking north

I must confess that I never knew the bridge had that name, but as children we used to paddle in that stretch of water. I was more familiar with the river upstream beyond the bridge over Church Road.

River Chater Bridge

That footbridge was not there when I was a boy. Further upstream was another footbridge reached by a path over the road from the Railway Inn beyond the church you can see in the background. It was from that bridge and the banks of the Chater that I fished for dace and caught minnows in a jam jar baited with bread.

From age 11 my route to school took me left over the bridge and along the road as it swung up to the railway station where I took a train each day down the line to Stamford. From the station there we crossed this bridge – 

Town Bridge over the River Welland

I always thought that the river on the left was the Chater and the one from the right (just visible) is the Welland. The land in between is Stamford Meadows which used to be the place where a Roman ford crossed the river.


When we go to Cornwall to see our grandsons we always finish up having coffee at ‘Down by the Ferry’ in Padstow. From there a favourite walk is along the estuary of the River Camel.

Although the Camel rises on Bodmin Moor it’s the Camel Trail along the estuary that we know best, from that is this bridge – 

To where it meets the sea at Padstow Bay

Buster loved it too.

And even my wife went swimming on one occasion.

The only shot I’m allowed to show

We waited all day here but the camels never showed up!

Photo attributions:

  • River Chater from the Sinc Bridge: June 1999 ex geograph.org.uk by Humphrey Bolton – CC BY-SA 2.0 licence
  • River Chater Bridge: 27 April 2007 ex geograph.org.uk by Graham Horn – CC BY-SA 2.0 licence
  • Bridge over River Welland: ex wikipedia Commons – CC BY-SA 3.0 licence
  • Sketch Map of River Camel & its tributaries: 25 February 2010 by Andy F – CC BY 3.0 licence

Sunday Stamps II A-Z: ‘G’ Greece, Hungary, Norway

Three gentlemen today whose names all begin with ‘G’.

Mahatma Gandhi centenary – Greece: 7 October 1970

International Space Travel Conference – Juri Gagarin: Hungary 22 October 1962

And for the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mikhail S Gorbatsjov – Norway: 14 September 2001

To have a gander at other grand stamps just follow the links at Sunday-stamps-g.