Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Shots around Town

Shrewsbury my home town - has a history dating back to medieval times with a colourful history - surrounded by a land of myth and legend - such is the county of Shropshire

Shrewsbury is a town of shuts and passages -

Bear Steps - above is a short shut - and was so they say named after a pub which no longer exists - The Bear Inn -

The Steps lead onto Fish Street

Fish Street as it implies was full of fish mongers and the smell of fish and at the end of the street you can catch sight of St Julians with a glimpse of St Alkmunds -

 the upper part of the Bearsteps house is a art gallery and a coffee shop - the best Cappuccino in Shrewsbury is served here well I think so !
More about St Alkmunds
This is the spire of St Alkmunds - haunted by a steeplejack - who helped to construct the church spire back in the 15c - so it is said the man accepted a bet to climb the tower and fell to his death - numerouis witnesses claim to have seen his form climbing the spire at night - whether this was before or after drinking a pint or two of ale!! it is not known .

Adjoining Fish Street - just below the Bear Steps is another passage called Grope Lane the scene of many a dubious tale - very atmospheric to say the least

 Linking to Our World Tuesday - best wishes for a lovely week - Jane

Monday, 7 March 2016

Looking back - February pictures and memories

Hello just a few pics for the record - memories of days out and times shared - precious times - time to reflect on life and how short it is - every moment to be treasured.

We spent a few days in a village called Mydroilyn near Newquay  Wales  in a cottage on a farm it was quite isolated but great for walking and bird watching - the birds were amazing and quite obliging for the camera - fabulous

A great spotted woodpecker just outside the lounge window - and below a nuthatch
 there were lots of other birds - blue tits  - this one was trying Blueys breakfast cereal !!

  great tits and a coal tit and two jays - pictured below

A favourite of mine the jackdaw - full of character and fearless with bright blue eyes

A 4 mile walk on the second day proved to be a success - the scenery was stunning even though the paths were wet and very muddy - we did a circular  from Aberaeron  to  Aberarth - walking alongside the River Aeron and up through Panteg Woods - I took my header shot of the Mandarin duck as we walked upstream and the pic below is looking back down onto Aberaeron
and the next shot is looking down from the top of the hill down to Aberarth - shame about the solar panels !!
The skies were hazy - with a light breeze and there were a great many red kites wheeling around but I didn't get a good shot - but they were fantastic to see - 

The next day we went to Llanerchaeron  a National Trust property approximately 4 miles inland from Aberaeron we walked in the woods and here are the captures of the spring flowers 

we took the river walk

Nature at its best

Bluey came too !

The Llanerchaeron cat - sitting in the walled garden looking very contented

 I have ended with a few pics of places visited - firstly Cwmtudu beach 
and a shot taken in Aberaeron
Posting also this week to Our World Tuesday