Saturday, 9 July 2016

Gnomes , a phone box and Lavender

This is mainly about Lavender and the wonderful Mayfield Lavender Field in Banstead.

Two sites actually, the 25 acres of lavender at Carshalton Road and the nursery on Reigate Road in Ewell.

The fields are very impressive - at the moment the  English Lavender 'Folgate' is in flower:


Lots of people there - many taking photos -



- one of the quirky attractions is a phone box:



There is also a Café in the middle of the field where lavender based drinks and snacks can be purchased:


And yes I had to have my photo taken


We then went on to the second site - the plant shop and nursery -



equally quirky -


 - with a wonderful set of Gnomes!


Well worth a visit.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Bluebells and Skye

Matthew and I went for a walk in the National Trust's Hornecourt Wood at Outwood on Saturday. The path to the wood is through a field of oil seed rape in full flower - 


The main attraction is the bluebells - possibly just past their best but still a real showstopper - 


The view south from the wood towards Horne - again another bright yellow field -


 On the way home Skye spotted the Dog and Duck and insisted we stopped for a drink!



Sunday, 27 March 2016

Skye at Easter

Cute dog from a few days ago (wondering if anything will fall into her bowl)..


and a few pictures from Park Hill, Reigate on Good Friday:



Saturday, 20 February 2016

Sizewell

Sizewell - mainly known for the Power Stations but on a February morning (9am) the beach had a special charm unique to the Suffolk coast.



Turnaround and you do see the Sizewell Power Stations


Sunday, 17 January 2016

A little bit of snow

After all the rain and mild weather, to wake up to even a light dusting of snow came as a bit of a shock this morning.




It is amazing how a little snow can transform the garden



Skye was more interested in Sue's miniature snowman...


... and seeing how much she could eat (as usual!)



Thursday, 31 December 2015

Climping In Winter

Well what passes for winter at the moment - a very windy day but not very cold.



 The wind caught Skye's ears!...


...but she enjoyed herself.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Bethnal Green Memorial



A crowd of people entered Bethnal Green tube station which was used at the time as an air-raid shelter. After the searchlights went on and an anti-aircraft battery a few hundred yards away in Victoria Park launched a salvo of a new type of anti-aircraft rockets the crowd surged forward. Someone tripped on the stairs causing many others to fall. 300 people were crushed into the stairwell within a few seconds, 173 of them died and over 90 were injured.


 The worst civilian disaster of the 2nd World War. For more about the history go to   Stairway to Heaven Memorial 

 The overhead memorial plaque to victims:

 
The memorial was  designed by local architect Harry Paticas. It is nearly complete and just needs the teak ‘stairway’ that will go on the top.  The inverted stairs will house 173 small conical light shafts that will allow sunlight to shine through, each one representing a person who died.