After having a tooth extraction on Tuesday, (it was and still is a bit painful) and visiting an old buddy in Stamford on weds/thurs, staying up till 4am drinking wine and cider (after a night around the town) I’m in recovery mode, this will be short lived as I’m out tonight with my printing buddies for a beer and curry night !!!!! On the Wednesday at Stamford we took a walk to the 16th century Burghley House (link to Wikipedia), can’t believe I haven’t visited before. Of course I hadn’t brought a camera with me so I had to use the phone for some snapshots, couldn’t see the screen most of the time.
The driveway up to the house.
So Many Lovely Trees
First View of the House
The grounds were lovely, and there was a good cafe and shop where I nearly bought a hat. Must have a look around the house next time I’m over in Stamford, it looks really impressive.
An old friend of mine (whom I’ve known since I was 8 years old) and his wife very kindly took me me on a visit to Stanford Hall, Leicestershire for the annual Founders Day motorcycle event on the 23 July. It must be 20 years or more since I last visited, and that was for the Classic VW show. I had a thing about Beetles at that time, wish I still had one. The weather has been a bit patchy over the last week or so but we were lucky yesterday, it kept dry and we even had some sunshine. I took my Olympus EPL1 with me to get a few shots of the bikes, didn’t take too many as it can be quite boring for people who aren’t taking photo’s.
I was hoping the weather was going to be ok today, but no it was not to be. Undaunted I set off for the town, it was drizzling rain, the need for some exercise spurred me on. Managed a few images with the Sigma on the way, and walked 5 1/2 miles.
The Coke Side Of Life
This is an old building so could have been subject to window tax which lasted until the 1850’s.
2 From The Museum Grounds
Life Will Take Hold
With The Grain
Something new learned today. This used to be Goddards silver polish factory built in the early 1930’s. It’s listed as an historic building so should escape the developers.
My Healthy Brunch
Avocado, hard boiled egg, a squeeze of lime and a toasted bun. Delicious and healthy, as recommended by Alexandra.
Just on the edge of Riga is the Ethnographic Museum, I first visited the site in 1993, at that time it was just getting started so it was really good to go back and see how it has come along. They have lots of exhibitions, festivals, and craft fairs throughout the year, not to mention an excellent shop/cafe that sells lovely food and Latvian beer.
Here are a few photographs from the museum site, as usual could have spent a lot longer looking around.
Old Wooden Mill
Mossy roof on this old farm building
While we were waiting for my relatives at the end of our visit this lovely affectionate cat came and sat by us demanding lots of fuss, a great way to end our day.
Ratae Corieltauvorum, also known as Leicester (my hometown) is a very historical place, well what’s left of it after the planners came in and demolished swathes of the city for the sake of the motor car !
This is the Jewry Wall and directly behind it St Nicholas’ Church (known locally as Holy Bones) The wall is apparently the second largest piece of surviving civil Roman building in Britain. Originally it separated the Palaestra (type of gymnasium) from the Frigidarium (a large cold pool) in the Roman baths. It looked good today in the autumn light.