The Pick of Picardy Pics

Another great visit to Picardy, where the roses were just beginning to bloom. Lush green countryside and a beautiful coast. Visits to gardens we have seen before, as well as the resorts of St Valery and Le Crotoy.

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The Herbarium, St Valery

La Goutte d’Eau, Montreuil


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Here be dragons…

…well, it reminds you of a dragon.  One of dozens of amazing sculptures at the British Ironworks Centre at Oswestry. The grounds contain lots of life sized animals created from metal and very realistic.  Inside, as well as a good cafe, there is an Aladdin’s Cave of memorabilia, much of it metal, though not necessarily heavy.  We brought home a National Benzole artifact for a friend’s significant birthday.  Not sure which is older…

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Lovely Ludlow

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A visit to Ludlow would not be complete without a pint in The Feathers; locally brewed, of course.  Many houses in the town updated their properties during the Georgian period. Some just changed the front so that the 16th and 17th century structures remained. Quite a few left their Tudor or Jacobean styles in place so that The Feathers, for example, retains its extraordinary busy frontage while alongside, houses and shops have taken on a more restrained 18th century elegance. Ludlow has plenty of both periods making it hard to walk around the town without stopping / looking up / bumping into people….img_0065

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Hull City of Culture 2017

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A brilliant start to Hull’s year of culture.  The son et lumiere display in Victoria Square for once deserved the overused adjective ‘awesome’!  By turns loud and triumphant and quiet and sombre, it traced the last 70 years of Hull’s history quite brilliantly (in both senses!)
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Marrowbone and Cleaver

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I’ve had a very minor part to play in the execution of this marvellous mural on the wall of the newly refurbished Marrowbone and Cleaver pub in Kirmington, North Lincolnshire. Artist-friend Steve has been working all last week to get this finished for the grand re-opening coming soon.  The WWII airbase is well represented (the airfield is now Humberside Airport taking holidaymakers to the Med and workers to Aberdeen) along with the school, church and other local landmarks. The item on the left is an aircraft engine together with one propellor which is part of the war memorial nearby. Hope to have a pint there next week!

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Outer Hebrides

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The Standing Stones at Callanish reminded us of the Ring of Brodgar, partly because they are on the edge of the European continent – and they can be approached, stroked, hugged…

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The weather was kind to us so we saw the silver beaches at their best, backed by turquoise seas and an amazing blue sky. From Lewis to Harris and then over the short but interesting crossing to Uist. More long roads with passing places, beaches and machair – and very few trees. Finally back over the sea to Skye.

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Busy Summer!

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Lovely Donegal and equally lovely Nova Scotia:

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