Melford Hall, Little Cat and a Big Pig

Today’s excursion was to Melford Hall in Suffolk,  we didn’t go into the house but wandered around the outside area and gardens.  In the adjacent fields there were some big sheep, no lambs and one of them posed for his photograph.untitled (3 of 50)

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untitled (5 of 50)untitled (17 of 50) The weather was a little changeable so the blue sky in the above picture was not evident later on.  It was nice to see the tulips and daffodils still hanging on in there,   in lots of places they are now past their best.untitled (36 of 50)The garden we walked through was lovely and give it a couple of weeks the colours and varieties in borders will be amazing.untitled (28 of 50)Little Cat came along for the ride and true to form got into some photographs.untitled (35 of 50)

On our exit we saw the stand alone banqueting hall with its interesting staircase and architecture, at the moment it is also housing a small exhibition about Beatrix Potter as she used to visit here quite often to see friends.untitled (26 of 50)

On our way home back to Cambridgeshire we called in at a farm shop for some supplies and in the field next to the car park I met this ‘Big Pig’.  |He seemed very friendly and was happily munching on grass as I took his photographuntitled (47 of 50)

Trip to Durham

Yesterday I went to see my son Daniel at Durham where he is at University and I took the opportunity to do some homework on the way.   Yes it is never too late to learn new skills and I am presently just over half way through a night school course on Basic Digital Photography.

I have always been pleased with my photographs and just wanted to get the hang of the technical stuff on my camera.  Well I am loving the course and I am now seeing the world through a different lens (pardon the pun)    The course home work was a photo journal  and to incorporate  the skills we have learnt.    Well below are some of my photos from the journey…   (I hope you like them)

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Peterborough Station and leading lines

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Love this in black and white,  the movement of the person rushing “Your life hangs by a thread…”

 

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Stitching….

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Little Cat chilling

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Durham Station

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The bridge at the end of the river

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Shop window and I did not go in!

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Gargoyle

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Green gargoyle

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Black and white

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End of my journey….

 

Solva Woollen Mill

We are having a few days away in Wales and yesterday took the opportunity to visit the Solva Woollen Mill where I have wanted to visit for some time.  It is a working mill and has lots wonderful things to see, but my reason for visiting is I have a great love of the work of Jackie Morris who is and writer and illustrator and she sells some of her work here.     On September 24th the launch of two of her books ‘Something about a Bear’ and ‘Cat Walk’ will be at the Solva Woollen Mill, unfortunately I cannot get time off to go as I work in a school.    So I ordered the two books in the Mill and was also very fortunate to be able to have a sneak preview of the books.   They are amazing, beautiful and inspirational!

My friend ‘Little Cat’ came along for the ride and had a grand time, he met ‘sheep’ and ‘Anna’ (the owner) and had a super time looking at books and doing some shopping.     He is very hopeful that as we have been entered into the prize draw he may win the wonderful painting of ‘Mary’

If you are ever near this part of the world the Solva Woollen Mill is a wonderful place to visit

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Poster advertising the upcoming launch of ‘Something about a Bear’ at the Solva Woollen Mill.

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‘Little Cat’ with his new friend ‘sheep’ looking at the purrfect cat book.

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‘Little Cat’ checking out the painting of ‘Mary’.