It really does look like these ducks are walking on water – in fact it has been really cold over the last few days and there was a thick layer of ice just below the surface of this pool in Nantwich. The ducks were making the most of it!
With good weather forecast for this evening, I was looking forward to an hour or so of sunset photography in Chester while my wife was visiting friends nearby. Sadly it wasn’t to be – the rain started as I got to Chester and didn’t let up until I left. It was too wet to hang around outside, so I just managed a few shots from under cover.
This spot, Meols, on the Wirral Peninsula, is the closest sea to us. It’s about 75 miles away, or an hour and a quarter by car. I’d seen photos of the boats stranded there at low tide, but hadn’t realized that what looks like a sandy beach is actually rather nasty black sludge, definitely not for walking on! So the only photo I could take was from the concrete slipway, but at least the sunset was good…
‘Merry Mole’ wine? – you have to be kidding! No this is straight up – the waiter’s recommendation at dinner tonight at the hotel we are staying at with friends in Cheshire. And actually, although I’ve never had wine before from Moldova, it wasn’t bad at all. Long live moles!
Mono seems to suit graveyards…
This little cottage is one of a row of similar buildings along the High Street in Farndon, in Cheshire. It’s pretty typical of the style of properties here, although there are inevitably some very modern houses just away from the village centre.
On a dry summer’s day, the canal towpath at Audlem would be heaving with people. As well as locals (many of them dog-walkers) there would be lots of tourists too, but today’s wet and windy weather kept them all away.
44 High Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, better known as ‘Queen’s Aid House’. Built in 1583 by one Thomas Cleese after a fire destroyed much of the town, it’s name reflects the help given by Queen Elizabeth 1 in raising funds to rebuild the town. Currently used as a cafe, it’s also been a shop and a private dwelling during its 400+ year history.
This Grade 2 listed building in Nantwich by Ernest H. Edleston, built in 1911, is in the French Baroque style of the late 17th century. It is one of over 100 listed buildings in the town, some dating back to just after 1583 when a fire destroyed most of the town. Bullseye or ‘oeil de boeuf’ windows are typical of the style.
And so it runs, away into the distance… I remember my parents putting me on a (steam) train to London back in the 1950s to stay with my grandparents for a holiday – I still feel that same sense of adventure now when I take a trip by train.