Category Archives: England

From Sea to Shining Sea

Our walk along Hadrian’s Wall Path last summer took us from Solway Firth on the west coast of England to (after a short metro ride from Wallsend) to the North Sea at Whitley Bay.

At the start of the 12 day walk we were up late (sunset was around 10 pm) and early, due to a combination of jet lag and adrenaline. The day after the walk we just went out after breakfast.

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week: horizons.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 17

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 17 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

Thank you to everyone who participated this week. It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.

 

Here are my contributions for the week, taken last summer in northwest England in and around Carlisle.

 

Over to you.

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Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 16

PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 16 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

Thank you to everyone who participated this week. It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.

Here is my offering for this week, pictures from Bath England taken last summer.

Over to you.

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Squares of the Times

20181204-Times_Squares-01Advent wreaths count down to Christmas, in reality they probably predate the concept of Christmas and are part of “pagan” celebrations of the solstice. I like the idea of advent, gradually preparing for our celebration of the change from darkening to lightening (Christmas is fundamentally that: a celebration of the return of light to a dark and weary world) and have “celebrated” it in my own ways for many years now.

This year I decided that I will try to add to that celebration participation in the “TimeSquares” Photo Challenge by each week during Advent.

From our visit to London last June:

From this past week, time passes so quickly:

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A vest I made last weekend for my son, beside two I made for him when he was a child.

 

Back to the Wall

I never finished the series of posts I intended to write about walking Hadrian’s Wall last June. 

Here is a gallery of pictures from the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail between Housesteads Fort and Chester’s Fort.

In this stretch, while not including the highest point on the walk, it passes something equivalent to the Continental divide in North America, the texture of the clouds changed, and it got way less windy.

Sheep with its fleece being blown by the wind.
The wind blew so hard it was shearing the sheep.

Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge

The Sycamore of Sycamore Gap

The sycamore of sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall in Northumbria is the most photographed tree in all of England. No surprise since it is perfectly framed by the dip in the terrain, which allowed it to grow by protecting it from the sometimes brutal winds of the area. The day we were there was a little blustery, giving us just a little taste of reality.

Here are my takes on this famous tree.

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