Day 114 – End Of An Era…

So VW have decided that the ‘Beetle’ will finally cease production in the next month or so – 70 odd years since production of the original model. To be fair, the current model only really shares it’s styling with the original – now, it’s a VW Golf under the skin, and isn’t even produced in Germany – Beetles have been built in Mexico for many years now. We had a convertible Beetle 10 years or so ago and loved it, so it will be a sad day for us when the last one rolls off the production line…

VW Beetle convertible – iPhone XR
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Day 113 – Sign Of The Times…

Another store in our home town is closing down – a victim of changing shopping habits, sky high commercial rents and pressures on disposable incomes. It’s the only DIY/hardware store for miles around, and looks set to be replaced by yet another low end food store…

Store closure sign – iPhone XR

Day 90 – You Looking At Me…?

The fields around our house are home to around 700 Freisian dairy cattle. Their main diet is grass, but as well as maize, the farmer also grows ‘winter beet’, and the cows get to eat it through the spring until there is enough grass for them to graze. Whenever I wander up the garden, they always take an interest…

Inquisitive cows, Peatswood – Sony A7iii & 24-105mm

Day 86 – Out Of Season…

In season I reckon these beach huts at Sandbanks, Poole, will be pretty busy, but today not one was in use. Beach huts, most of which can’t be stayed in overnight and typically don’t have toilet facilities, can sell for upwards of £100k in some areas. I’m sure that if I could afford one, I’d be using it all the time!

Beach huts, Sandbanks – iPhone XR

Day 81 – A Stately Pile…

Seighford Hall is a 16th-century timber-framed manor house and grounds near Stafford, re-designed in the 18th century. Although it looks pretty derelict from this angle, it is currently in use as a nursing home. I bet it has some stories to tell…

Seighford Hall, Stafford – iPhone XR

Day 80 – A Tall Story…

I drive past this patch of woodland quite often, but rarely stop and explore. Today I had a few minutes to kill, so wandered through. Spring hasn’t really had any impact as yet, very few leaves on the trees, and the woodland floor is mostly dead leaves and ferns. Another couple of months and it’ll all change.

Woodland, Loggerheads – iPhone XR & Moment w/a