Monday, 20 December 2010

Long Sutton Butterfly Park

Butterfly at Long Sutton

More butterflies from Long Sutton Butterfly Park :-)

butterfly at the Long Sutton Butterfly park

Friday, 17 December 2010

Long Sutton Butterfly Park


Not long ago we visited Long Sutton Butterfly Park for the first time :-)


Monday, 13 December 2010

Oh No! Butterflies

graffiti, oh no butterflies in Sleaford, Lincs

Strange graffiti spotted in Sleaford :-)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Shipwreck at Hunstanton

The skeleton of an old boat lies in ruins on Hunstanton beach.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Postbox in Bruges

postbox in Bruges, Belgium

We've spent the last couple of days on a trip to the Christmas Market in Bruges to discover more snow than we've had in Boston :-)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Boston Stump in the Snow

snow in Boston, Lincolnshire

There was a fresh fall of snow overnight. Boston Stump was visible briefly before it disappeared into the mist :-)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

The view across Loch Lomond to the snowy slopes of Ben Lomond was the first sign of snow we spotted :-)

Ben Lomond

Friday, 19 November 2010

The Grave of Charles MacArthur

"Here lies the remains of Charles Mackarter whose fame as an honest man and remarkable piper will survive this generation for his manners were easy & regular as his music and the the melody of his fingers will..."

The MacArthurs of Skye were hereditary pipers to the MacDonalds. The inscription on Charles MacArthur's grave in Kilmuir Graveyard is incomplete. According to legend Charles' son Donald was drowned at sea, leaving the mason unpaid.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Scottish Rainbow

Rainbow in Scotland

I spotted this rainbow close to Kyle of Lochalsh on the way home from the Isle of Skye :-)

Rainbow in Scotland

Friday, 12 November 2010

Portree, Isle of Skye

Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye

Despite it's size Portree is the capital of the Isle of Skye. The picturesque harbour is home to a small fishing fleet and a salmon farm. :-)

Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Fairy Glen

path up the rocky pinnacle, Fairy Glen

After walking round the pinnacle searching for an easier path I found a well worn track to the top :-) The view down to the hazel grove is quite spectacular.

Fairy Glen, the view from the top

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Stardust: Kingdom of Stormhold

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Stormhold is a magical kingdom close to the village of Wall in the movie Stardust. Fairy Glen on Skye is one of the many locations used. This rocky pinnacle is visible in several scenes. Do you think I can make it to the top? ;-)

Fairy Glen, Stardust, Isle of Skye

Friday, 5 November 2010

Guy Fawkes

Hereabouts lived the parents of Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame, who was baptised in St. Michael-le-Belfrey Church in 1570.

Fawkes was arrested in the early hours of 5th November 1605 after being discovered keeping watch over 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars beneath the House of Lords.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

The Old Man of Storr

The Old Man of Storr, Skye

The Old Man of Storr is hiding in the mist. The 50m high basalt pinnacle was first climbed in 1955 by Don Whillan and James Barber.

Monday, 1 November 2010

The Clock at Belton House

the clock tower at Belton House

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Kilt Rock Waterfall, Skye

Kilt Rock Waterfall

I'm currently on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Kilt Rock Waterfall on the east coast is one of the most impressive, plunging 50m down to the sea :-)

Friday, 29 October 2010

The Blue Bedchamber

bed in the blue bedchamber at Belton House

The bed in the blue bedchamber at Belton House is 18 feet high! :-)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Yew Berries

yew berries

The dark green seeds of the yew tree develop first followed by the red flesh which almost surrounds them. Yew ranks high among the world's oldest trees. Notable examples include the Llangernyw Yew and the Fortingall Yew.

The Orangery

the orangery at Belton House

Looking across the Italian Garden at Belton House towards the orangery and the church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

The Lake at Belton House

The Lake at Belton House

The gardens of Belton House near Grantham are fantastic. The lake isn't natural, having been dug for Sir John Brownlow 300 years ago.

The Boat House

The Boat House

It's difficult to see how the boat house at Belton could have been used to store boats... The door is only a couple of feet wide.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010



Was I the only child who used to collect acorns? :-)


Belton House from the East

Belton House, Grantham, Lincs

Belton House viewed from the gardens to the east. The house has featured in a number of films and costume dramas. Do you recognise it from Pride and Prejudice? :-)

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Library at Belton House

the library at Belton House

The Library at Belton House is amazing. I found a copy of Whitaker's History of Richmondshire which I'd love to read but is virtually impossible to get hold of. :-(

Saturday, 16 October 2010

A Room of Books

books at Belton House

There's something about private libraries that I adore!  This room of books at Belton House is home to the overspill from the main library. :-)

books at Belton House

Thursday, 7 October 2010

European Yew

yew berry

The berries of the yew tree are one of the strangest I've seen, having an opening at one end.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Tupholme Abbey

The picturesque ruins of 12th century Tupholme Abbey stand in a Lincolnshire field waiting to be explored :-)

Friday, 24 September 2010

Emperor Constantine

Emperor Constantine, York

A statue of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great sit outside York Minster with a broken sword. The inscription reads Constantine by this sign conquer.



Here's my latest attempt to take photos of the night sky, Jupiter and four moons.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Bile Beans

Sign: Bile Beans

Nightly Bile Beans keep you healthy, bright-eyed and slim.

A sign painted on a wall in York for a business that has long since disappeared, also known as a ghost sign!

Saturday, 18 September 2010


abandoned control tower at Manby

An abandoned post-war control tower on the disused RAF Manby airfield in Lincolnshire.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Ripon Cathedral

the high altar in Ripon Cathedral
The High Altar at Ripon Cathedral

We stopped at Ripon on the way home from camping at Bishop Monkton. The plan was to find a cafe for breakfast, but I couldn't resist spending a few minutes exploring the cathedral. :-)

the library at Ripon Cathedral
The Library at Ripon Cathedral

Red Dragonfly

red dragonfly

This afternoon we visited Belton House near Grantham. While exploring the gardens I noticed a few red dragonflies hovering around the ponds, possibly Common Darters?

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Dragonfly or Damselfly?

damselfly or dragonfly?

dragonfly or damselfly?

I went for a walk along the River Witham yesterday and spotted these. Does anyone know what species they are? :-)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Vertical Sundial

vertical sundial on York Minster

LUCEM DEMONSTRAT UMBRA - The shadow shows the light

I've been looking out for vertical sundials after noticing one on Saint Botolph's in Boston. This one was spotted above the entrance to York Minster. :-)

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Small Copper Butterfly

insect: small copper butterfly

I spotted this Small Copper in the garden and it kindly waited while I went to fetch the camera :-)

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Stoke Bruerne

Stoke Bruerne Canal Lock

Stoke Bruerne is a picturesque village on the Grand Union Canal and home to Blisworth Tunnel, the U.K.'s third longest canal tunnel at 2.8km :-)

Blisworth Canal Tunnel

Thursday, 19 August 2010

East Gill Force

East Gill Force, Keld, Yorkshire Dales

East Gill Force is close to the Yorkshire village of Keld. The waterfall drops 4.5m shortly before East Gill meets the River Swale. We visited the falls yesterday after spotting them by chance on the map :-)
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