TENBY, South Wales

We just got home from a great holiday in Wales, unfortunately the weather could have been better but it wasn’t too bad to keep us in, and we managed a couple of trips in the area not least to Pembroke to see its’ Castle and birthplace of Henry VII . Here is an image of St Catherine’s Island in the South bay of Tenby captured from Castle Hill, Below which is the Castle at Pembroke.

St Catherine's Island, Tenby. Taken from Castle Hill.

St Catherine’s Island, Tenby. Taken from Castle Hill.

Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, South Wales

Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, South Wales

During the reign of Elizabeth I, the Earl of Pembroke (“Jasper”, the uncle of Henry VII) was the owner of St Catherine’s Island. Later, the ownership passed to the Corporation of Tenby, which took possession of a number of crown lands. It is recorded in 1856 that a few sheep inhabited the island. An observer described them as “half wild sure footed creatures that run, turn and look, run again and leap from crag to crag almost with the agility of the Alpine Chamois”.

For many centuries a tiny church was the only building on the Island. The remains of the church were demolished when the fort was constructed in 1867. Information on the finds discovered during the demolition can be found at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery. Since the construction of the fort the island has had several owners.

TRAFALGAR SQUARE

TRAFALGAR SQUARE is owned by the Queen in Right of the Crown and managed by Greater London, while Westminster City Council owns the roads around the square, including the pedestrianised area of the North Terrace. It forms part of the North bank of the Thames business improvement district. My wife and I visited on the 17 June 2015 the first time since the 70s, what a great experiance and much the same as I remembered it, with the exception of the lack of the famous pigeons. None or very few of these ubiquitous birds were to be seen anywhere around and this was something hard for us to understand, pigeons don’t just up sticks and leave they are part of life, it goes without saying they are just there.

What looks like an

What looks like an “Alien” levitating on Trafalgar Square

Whilst contemplating this bewildering fact and watching what appeared to be levitating aliens on the terrace in front of the National Gallery the crowds of people on the square seemed to have been made aware of something strange happening, and then we saw it, a Large FALCON and its’ handler, the very reason for the lack of pigeons, this company of falcon handlers were there flying their birds to keep the pigeons away naturally and without causing unnecessary suffering, again proving the general love of animals and nature by the British people.

A bird of prey used has a deterrent to control our ubiquitous pigeons.

A bird of prey used has a deterrent to control our ubiquitous pigeons.

ANGEL-of-the-NORTH

This image is of “the Angel-of-the-North” situated at an installation art site at Gateshead, north east England, Sculptured and installed by Antony Gormley.

According to Antony Gormley, the significance of an angel was three-fold:

According to Antony Gormley, the significance of an angel was three-fold:

According to Antony Gormley, the significance of an angel was three-fold: first, to signify that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries; second, to grasp the transition from an industrial to information age, and third, to serve as a focus for our evolving hopes and fears.

RACING AT SCARBOROUGH

SEASCAPE of south bay Scarborough with the harbour in the distance.

SEASCAPE of south bay Scarborough with the harbour in the distance.

Friday the 29 May 2015 I get an unexpected phone call from my youngest son, Would I like to go see the off shore power boat racing at South Bay Scarborough with him and his son Benjamin ?

Nice day forecast by the weather people, nothing much else to do, so yes, that would be a great idea so it was arranged for 9-00am on the 30ᵗʰ  😀. We arrived in busy old Scarborough at 11-30 ish and was very fortunate to secure a parking spot at the entrance to south bay just before the bridge with no parking restrictions, the day was good and warm, grabbed the camera gear and off to the Spa area of south bay, “a place where people once had to pay a toll to enter” nowadays it’s beautiful after it’s refurbishment and it’s free with all the usual facilities at hand.

A line up of the competitors jet skies lining the south beach with many more to come.

A line up of the competitors jet skies lining the south beach with many more to come.

12-30pm and the beach is filling up with people waiting to see the warm up events, “Tricks and demonstrations” by the Jet Ski riders and races, which was quite spectacular and thwart with danger making the skills of these guys more evident, quite a display they put on.

In fact I would say the Jet Ski racing and demonstrations were for me the best part of the whole event, mainly because it was done nearer the shoreline and more visible to the spectators making the events more dramatic and exciting. The power boat racing events were further out to sea and not has visible to the spectators making less of an impact than that of the jet skies.

World champion Jet Ski stunt man exhibits his skills before the main event.

World champion Jet Ski stunt man exhibits his skills before the main event.

The days events were fantastic “the first ever to be staged at Scarborough” particularly the jet ski events which were all staged close to the shore line and easy for all to see. We all three of us had a fantastic (boys) day out and managed to get some half good photos. 

Heading out to the starting line for the second Jet Ski race event.

Heading out to the starting line for the second Jet Ski race event.

THANKS FOR A GREAT DAY GUYS.

EAST FROM HEXHAM

We decided to make our journey home from Hexham, Northumberland more interesting by taking a direction which would detour from the boring A1 (Great North Road) and take us via the east coast calling in at Redcar, Marsk, Saltburn and Whitby on the beautiful east coast of northern Britain extending our driving distance by only 10 or so miles but well worth it on what was a mix bag of weather all the way home, until Tadcaster area when the heavens opened and we had torrential rain the rest of the way home 40 miles or so.

SEASCAPE Redcar is a seaside resort and town with a large wind farm

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Redcar is a seaside resort and town with a large wind farm

SEASCAPE Redcar seaside resort and promenade

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Redcar seaside resort and promenade

REDCAR,

Redcar means either place by the red marsh from the Old English “read” meaning red and Old Scandinavian “kjarr” or “reedy marshland”, referring to the low lying site by the sea that Redcar occupies. Redcar originated as a fishing town in the 14th century, trading with the larger adjacent towns Until the mid-19th century when it was a sub-parish of the of Marske-by-the-Sea mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1846 work was completed on the Middlesbrough and Redcar Railway, created to attract tourism and trade. After the construction of Redcar Racecourse in 1875, Redcar prospered as a seaside town drawing tourists attracted by its racecourse, and it’s eight miles of sands.

SEASCAPE Redcar looking South to Marske-by-the-Sea

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Redcar looking South to Marske-by-the-Sea

SEASCAPE Marske-by-the-Sea

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Marske-by-the-Sea

SEASCAPE Marske-by-the-Sea

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Marske-by-the-Sea

SEASCAPE Marske-by-the-Sea

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Marske-by-the-Sea

SEASCAPE Marske-by-the-Sea

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Marske-by-the-Sea

MARSKE-BY-THE-SEA.

Marske-by-the-Sea, a village in the authority of Redcar and Cleveland in the county of North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the coast, between the seaside resorts of Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea, and, although not a seaside resort itself, Marske is in the Civil Parish of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske comprising Longbeck and St Germains.

SEASCAPE Looking South from Marske-by-the-Sea to Saltburn-by-the-Sea

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Looking South from Marske-by-the-Sea to Saltburn-by-the-Sea

SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea, built on and around the cliffs of the Cleveland Hills coast, it’s development and that of Middlesbrough was driven by the discovery of iron stone and potash in the Cleveland Hills, The area is not unlike Whitby which lies further down the coast, with it’s steep cliffs and roads, The Saltburn tramway, as it is known, was developed by Sir Richard Tangye’s company chief engineer. The cliff tramway opened a year later and provided transport between the pier and the town. The railway is water-balanced and since 1924 the water pump has been electrically operated. The first major maintenance was carried out in 1998, when the main winding wheel was replaced and a new braking system installed.

SEASCAPE Saltburn-by-the-Sea Cliff Tram to the town centre.

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea Cliff Tram to the town centre.

SEASCAPE Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach with a sea fret building on the left of the image

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach with a sea fret building on the left of the image

WHITBY.

Whitby built on each side of the river Esk, it’s pier follows the flow of the river heading directly north and giving exceptional light quality, ideal for artists and photographers. A place renown for it’s history of whaling, boat building and fishing for herring (Kippers when smoked) and of course the world famous explorer “Cpt James Cook”, the boats for local use were built with flat bottoms to enable landing on the beach so has to enable loading of “alum a natural element used in dying” and coal  on dry land via horse and cart. Whitby also boasts the visit from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”  and it’s famous Abbey where the Synod of Whitby in 664 was held to establish the the Roman date for Easter. I cannot leave Whitby without a mention of the famous 19 century photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe who recorded the people of Whitby and surrounding area and their way of life in beautiful monochromatic photography.

SEASCAPE Whitby is a fishing town known for it's whaling activities and the third largest boat building community in the UK. The river Esk running out to sea.

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Whitby is a fishing town known for it’s whaling activities and the third largest boat building community in the UK. The river Esk running out to sea.

SEASCAPE Whitby harbour from the west side of the River Esk town,

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Whitby harbour from the west side of the River Esk town,

Captain Cook Monument Whitby

Captain Cook Monument Whitby

Views from the west bank of the River Esk Whitby.

Views from the west bank of the River Esk Whitby.

West bay Whitby 9-00pm

West bay Whitby 9-00pm

OUR HOLIDAY TO NORTHUMBERLAND

One more sleep will see us off, and on our sun kissed trip to Northumberland, The Weather forecast doesn’t look too bad, and, if like me your the eternal optimist everything will turn out fine, in all fairness we are both looking forward to the adventure. Adventure, that sounds like it’s our first ever trip to Northumberland when in fact we’ve been many times before albeit not to the area around Hexham and Chollerford.

George Hotel. Chollerford, Northumberland.

George Hotel. Chollerford,
Northumberland.

Hexham,Northumberland. the weather forecast for the week ahead.

Hexham,Northumberland.
the weather forecast for the week ahead.

WISDOM TEETH

A potential holiday nightmare

A week before our holiday and teeth problems not what I wanted, a back upper tooth “Wisdom” shed a filling which left the whole thing with sharp edges prompting a visit to see the Dentist. It turns out the tooth in question is so broken and damaged it cannot be saved, therefor a need for extraction 😒 after quite a tugging and pulling ordeal by the more than capable Dentist and his assistant the thing was out, and my mouth felt like a game of rugby union had been held in there. The procedure left me feeling pretty worn out and the staff at the dental practice thankfully contacted my wife who came to collect me, so a massive big thank you to all at the practice. 😂😂😂

A wisdom tooth or third molar is one of the three molars per Quadrant of the human dentition. Most adults have four wisdom teeth (a third molar in each of the four quadrants), but it is possible to have fewer or more.  Photo by Hic et nunc

A wisdom tooth or third molar is one of the three molars per Quadrant of the human dentition. Most adults have four wisdom teeth (a third molar in each of the four quadrants), but it is possible to have fewer or more.
Photo by   M(e)ister Eiskalt

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