Category Archives: Weekly Wordpress Challenges

WordPress Challenge : Unlikely

We were waiting for a bus in the village square – at the start of the day on holiday in North Devon. Above our heads was a sign which I’ve never seen before.

It was the word ‘ablutions’ that puzzled me.  How often had this happened I wondered.  So unlikely…..

It made us smile.

Unlikely

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WordPress Challenge : Lines

Lines

We were getting near to the end of a long walk and the light was starting to fade when I took this photograph.  Along the south west coast path near a place called Hartland Quay are some incredible rock formations, some in the cliff face and some below the cliffs like these.

Only when the tide goes out are these appreciated.  In this remote spot we were lucky enough to be passing at the right time!

Lines of rock – 300 million years old.

If you’d like to read a post and see other photos taken just along the coast from here please do click on the link below.

North Devon : Clovelly to Harland Quay

WordPress Challenge : Awakening

Awakening

Well it’s taking a long time. Warm spring sunshine has been delayed for a few weeks by fog, mist and rain this year.  Here on the east coast of the U.K. it seems to have lingered on and on.  Or, has it been the same in other parts of the country? Oh how we love to talk about the weather…..

So, this has been a bit of a challenge – to find something that seems to be waking up.  However, we have an old Rhodededrum in our garden that flowers early (for Rhodededrums) in a beautiful deep red.  It’s display is big and flamboyant.  Here there are buds that are preparing to open….

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And here is one that seems to be just ahead of all the rest….it seems to have timed it to perfection with the sun finally making an appearance this afternoon.

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WordPress Challenge : Out of this world

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The summit of Skiddaw at 3,054 feet : felt like being on the moon

A week in the Lake District – February 2018

This week we have been set a challenge by WordPress to share a familiar scene — a place you frequent, a face you know well, an activity you engage in regularly and make it look out of this world.

Anyone who knows me and Tim well will know that we have spent a good deal of our time (holidays) in the Lake District.  Boring people with our little adventures or maybe inspiring people to visit this beautiful place.

We have walked up, across and down all of the fells and it has shaped us. Learning about the land, the rock, reading maps and walking uphill!  Walking in the mountains in our fifties is actually easier than it was in our thirties which is incredible but true.

So, for this challenge I share more than the one photo I have added at the top which really felt ‘out of this world’.

For us it is a place we know well but on this latest trip it looked a little more snowy and magical than on previous visits.   We climbed high every day.

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Ullock Pike – a ridge walk on the way up to Skiddaw

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On Skiddaw summit – it’s a popular place

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Grisedale Pike summit : time for lunch.  Looking to the western fells.

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Skiddaw range, with the Pennines in the far distance

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Near Haystacks summit

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The town of Keswick way below and Helvellyn range to the right

The river at Grange after snowfall

Thinking about a trip to the Lake District?  I am happy to help with any questions, it’s like our second home.

Footnote

Now over the last few days at home we have been visited by some truly Siberian conditions, as has most of the country, so snowy scenes are currently very familar.  But back in early February, on holiday, we were loving it!

Out of This World

WordPress Challenge : Variations (beach huts)

Variations

The beach huts at Southwold, Suffolk.  The most expensive huts on any beach!  Honestly they sell for unbelievable price tags.

Almost all have names and we have our favourites.   Many happy times have been spent here, strolling along.

In the summer the doors are open for everyone to check out the contents!  Some with little kitchen areas, some with changing areas and all with an assortment of seats and tables and families & friends enjoying a day at the beach.

The photograph below, taken out of season in mid-March, is called ‘Doris goddess of the wind’.  Always with bunting hanging in the porch, we admire it every time we visit.

There are a couple of ‘special’ huts selling teas, coffees and snacks and this one below is used during the summer season by the RNLI Lifeguards.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!  Looking forward to some warmer weather….

 

 

WordPress Challenge : Silence

Silence

I thought long and hard about this photo challenge.

There’s been so many beautifully quiet places we’ve been to and stopped at on our hikes or travels.   Hill tops or mountains covered in snow with all sounds muffled.

So I could have searched for a snowy shot but instead went for a photo I took only yesterday.  This one taken in our home county of Norfolk which is currently ‘snow free’ and many miles away from any mountain!

The remains of Honing Station, Norfolk

Only the platforms and the tiled footings of a small building on either side remain.  It’s actually closer to the small village of Briggate but this is all that is left of Honing Station.

Imagine the steam trains coming through, the whistles blowing, the travellers arriving or departing. “ALL ABOARD”

Today its a quiet place.

Wikipedia say this :

The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway ran through the parish, part of a line that linked Great Yarmouth to Sutton Bridge via Stalham, North Walsham, Aylsham, Melton Constable, Fakenham and King’s Lynn. It opened in stages between 1865 and 1933. The line closed in 1959, although some sections survive and are now part of the Weaver’s Way footpath. Other remnants of the line that can still be seen in the parish are a cast iron, steel and brick railway bridge of 1881 on the Dilham road south of the village. At Briggate there are still the disused platforms of Honing Station.

Here is the above mentioned iron railway bridge a little way along from the platforms.