In what is very likely to be the last day out of the year, we returned to Nostell Priory and Parkland for a good breath of fresh air! I do enjoy walking around this chunk of West Yorkshire and it was incredibly peaceful – possibly due to the raging winds that were threatening to cause havoc with some of the trees. As a result, some of the areas we usually visit were closed to the public – although this did have the advantage of pushing us towards a couple of areas we haven’t explored thoroughly in the past.
Below, you can see my photos from the walk.
Nostell Priory and Parkland
Quarry Bank Mill (also known as Styal Mill) in Styal, Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry. Built in 1784, the mill is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and inspired the 2013 television series The Mill.
This was our second visit to Quarry Bank Mill – we first visited it in 2008.
Quarry Bank Mill is on the outskirts of Styal in Cheshire, to the south of Manchester Airport. The mill is on the bank of the River Bollin which provided water to power the waterwheels. It was connected by road to the Bridgewater Canal for transporting raw cotton from the port of Liverpool.
We also visited nearby Styal Village, where the cottages for mill workers were built and I managed to capture images of a playful squirrel.
Last week we returned to RHS Harlow Carr on another glorious day. I adore the place as I get the opportunity to observe the details on a huge range of flowers. Unfortunately, the bird feeding station was unavailable in an attempt to reduce the amount of vermin, meaning I couldn’t take many wildlife images this time around. However, I did spot a couple of dragonflies and damselflies which I managed to capture.
Today we had a little trip to RSPB Bempton Cliffs and Bridlington. At the cliffs we saw kittiwakes, razorbills, gannets, guillemots, herring gulls and three puffins.
Yesterday, we had a quick day trip to Wales to visit my dad in his new home.
While we were there we returned to Bodnant Garden, a place we visited in August 2010 (those photos can be seen on my much-neglected photo site here).
Plus, there’s a bonus photo of Conwy Castle viewed from the shores of Deganwy.
Bodnant Garden, Tal Y Fan, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd LL28 5RE
This Good Friday, we visited RHS Harlow Carr once more. We love seeing the changes in the gardens as the seasons pass by. In the bird hide, we saw a jackdaw, a nuthatch and a rat!
RHS Harlow Carr,Crag Ln, Harrogate, HG3 1QB
These 54 photos were taken just over a month ago at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It was a cold, wintry day and most animals were inside or huddled up for warmth!
The polar bears felt at home, though…
We had a free day recently, and an urge to get out of the house before returning to work for the Spring term. So, we found ourselves at the National Trust’s Nostell Priory once more.
I adore winter time for taking photos – particularly bright and clear days like the one we had on Sunday; there is nothing like an utterly cloudless sky to accentuate the starkness of the bare trees or reflect into a still, frozen lake.
Nostell Priory & Parkland
This evening, we visited a regular place for us, RHS Harlow Carr. For the first time, they have illuminated sections of the garden for a nighttime walk. It was a lovely new take on a place we know so well, as the photos below show.
I managed to get a couple of lovely photos of the Moon as well – the first time I’ve tried to do this. A tripod might have made it a little easier – unfortunately, there is some blurring of the zoomed-in image.
Photos from our visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park today (12th August 2017).
Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads:
Anya Gallaccio, Blessed:
Jaume Plensa, Wilsis:
Joan Miró Collection:
Lady Eglington’s Well:
Lucy & Jorge Orta, Woodland Spirit – Diana:
Sol LeWitt, 123454321:
Tony Cragg, Caldera:
Tony Cragg, Manipulation:
Tony Cragg, Points Of View:
Tony Cragg, Tommy:
Zak Ové, Black and Blue – The Invisible Man And The Masque of Blackness:
Yorkshire Sculpture Park grounds:
Emley Moor mast viewed from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Emley Moor mast viewed from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (a rare filtered image – I never use filters)