This blog is a parallel to my main blog Herkybirds nest
It will be no more or less than a glorified photo album of my travels near and far!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

2016 Bluebells

Last weekend I went to see this year's Bluebells, it was not as good as previous years, but maybe I missed the best?

Never mind, here are the pics I took....

Hope you can see them?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Our trip to Craster and Dunstanburgh

Today, The Ayres's and Richardsons took me to Craster, up the lovely North East coast near to the Farne islands.
We had a nice fish lunch, courtesy of Jonathan (thanks).

Of course, I took some pictures, for which see below!

Craster harbour
Craster sea front 
Harbour mouth, and a wee boat! 
Some nice houses 
 After this, we decided to trek up the dirt track north to see the local Percy Pile!
The sheep had seen it all before, and carried on munching the spring grass.
 As the path had muddy patches, we walked on the grass uphill!
The view out to sea was lovely, as always. 
  Aha, said pile!
  Complete with a posing sheep!
Sadly, we hadn't time to go in.... 
 ...so I went round the walls to get a besiegers view!
 The front facing the south had several towers.
Sadly, all ruinous. 
The West wall was defended by a very steep bank and a wall. 
 The view from the wall north up the coast.
 ..and south west.
 On the north west corner of the castle, another tower.
 It kind of reminded me of Minas Morgul from Lord of the Rings!
 The north wall was inaccessible and the bank fell precipitously into the sea.
 We then trundled back towards Craster.
...another 2 mile hike! 
...and in close up! 
We had a great day despite getting showered and hailed on in Craster.
It was nice to be out after all the rain of the last 2 weeks!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Hartlepool visit, wargamer style!

Well, after a good week off I went to see HMS Trincomalee at Hartlepool marina, and an excellent time was had. The write up of the ship visit is on my other blog Herkybirds nest.

Here is the rest of my visit, to the attached museum showing Hartlepool history:

WW2 Air Raid Warden bits and bobs.
 Medicines from 1914 and 2014
A large part of the display was dedicated to an event in 1914.. 
 German Cruisers shelled Hartlepool from offshore.
 Zeppelins also raided later in the war.
 A wee boat!
 A lighthouse mirror
More WW2 stuff, civilian information. 
Police then..1914 
 WW2 and into the 50's
1914 fireman equipment. 

 First aid kits from 1914
 A Neolithic skeleton found locally.

 Some appropriate tools.
 Roman finds.

Iron age finds 

A reconstructed archway colonnade 
 Roman Amphorae
 More Roman period finds.
 Victorian ladies wear!
 Some ship models from the interwar years.

 On the way out, a last look at HMS Trincomalee.