Places.

This is the largest page, because like everyone else, we love to take photographs of places we visit. There are just over 400 images on this page. Some are of Historic Buildings and sites, while others are just scenes that caught our eye. Some pages probably include images that really should be in another section of the site. But hoping that, if you browse around, you will find something of interest. Just click on the thumbnail to go to the page.

 


2019- AN EARLY SPRING?
27th February 2019. Spring seems very early this year; let’s hope it lasts!

 

SHORT WALK UP AN ANCIENT PATH IN HALESOWEN.
11th May 2018. Spring at last! A old path and the Orange-tip butterfly. 

 


A VISIT TO OXFORD.
August 2017. A couple of days in three of Oxford’s many museums.

 


A VISIT TO PORTHMADOG.
July 2017. My friend Robert had often suggested a few days visit to North Wales, in order to ride on the narrow-gauge railways, several of which are based in or near Porthmadog. It finally happened…

 


17 POSTCARDS OF BIRMINGHAM, ca. 1890 – 1953.
15th January 2016. Mostly city centre, but a couple of trams as well.

 

EDGBASTON RESERVOIR, BIRMINGHAM, IN SEPTEMBER 2013 & FEBRUARY 2014.
8th September 2013. Includes shots of Tolkien’s ‘Two Towers’. The reservoir was low, but three supplementary images taken 9th February 2014 show it filled, and the overflow in action.

 


MODERN, ANCIENT AND VERY ANCIENT HISTORY.
In December 2012, short visits to Letocetum, Bath and Stonhenge.

 


MOSELEY OLD HALL AND OTHER PLACES – INTO AUTUMN.
October and November 2012. Staying relatively near home at the moment, and revisiting some local open spaces.

 


OUT & ABOUT IN WORCESTERSHIRE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, AND AGAIN WALES.
August & September 2012. A Peacock Butterfly; two Saxon Churches; Brecon Cathedral and Tretower Manor House.

 


IN ENGLAND AND WALES…
An underground passage in Derbyshire; the Earlswood Lakes, a vintage motor bus and Aberystwyth, not to mention the Vale of Rheidol Railway.

 


TWO DAYS IN JULY 2012, QUITE FAR APART GEOGRAPHICALLY.
A canal aqueduct in Warwickshire, an old bridge & a much older Priory Church on the Scottish border; plus a little bit of Hadrian’s Wall.

 


TITFORD POOLS & CANAL BRANCH.
August 2012 – a short walk along a branch canal in the Black Country.

 


TWO BIRMINGHAM LOCALITIES, JUNE 2012.
A quick call to Kings Norton Local Nature Reserve, and a surprise on our re-visit to Sarehole Mill, ‘Ted Sandyman’s Mill’ of Tolkien fame!

 


MORE MEANDERINGS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS.
April, May & June 2012 were variable as regards weather, but a few visits to places of interest were made.

 


A SMALL MISCELLANY FROM SEVERAL PLACES.
S
pring 2012 was very variable in weather – a heat wave in March, followed by dull & damp conditions.
But we still got out a few times.

 


THE STOURBRIDGE RAILCAR & CANAL.
The return to Stourbridge, specifically to travel on the Railcar from Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town; plus a few shots of the canal basin.

 


BRINDLEY PLACE THEN & NOW; & THE NETHERTON TUNNEL.
Also in February, we dug out some shots of the Birmingham – Worcester canal in the centre of Brum. which we took 40 years ago, and try to match them up with their appearance today. Plus a walk through the Netherton Tunnel (Dudley) in ~1972.

 


RAMBLINGS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS.
Late in February 2012 we manage to get out and pay brief visits to Kenilworth Castle, and also travel by train to Earlswood & Stourbridge Junction. Can we stand the excitement?

 


RAMBLINGS UP NORTH & LOCALLY.
We’re still slaving over the PC on our major discographical project – which meant that a cold and dull day in early February 2012 was not the ideal time to fare forth with our cardboard pinhole camera; but the desperate need for fresh air & reality prevailed…

 


TWO LOCAL NATURE RESERVES.
Two days of slogging in front of the PC was preceded, then followed, by visits to two more nature reserves of the BBCWT (Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust). One is an old one, one is very new. Why not check them both out by clicking on the little picture?

 


GROVE PARK, HARBORNE, BIRMINGHAM.
After slogging in front of the PC all morning, a short 45 minute wander around a local park seemed a good idea, especially is it was a fine day. Also, I had promised a friend who used to live near here many years ago, some photos of it – so here they are, Chas!

 


TWO SHORT WALKS IN & AROUND BIRMINGHAM.
Almost no people appear in our ‘Diary’ shots. We’re not sure why that is. I suppose the countryside needs to be peaceful or something like that. However, we intrude into the above image in order to give scale to the river by which we are standing. What river? Click the image for elucidation!

 


A MISCELLANY OF PHOTOS FOR 2011.
I think we are slowing down or something. The last pictorial item is dated 3rd January 2011. It is now November 2nd, and no more have been added. What does it mean? Click the picture above to find out.

 


 FAMILY SHOP IN SNOW HILL, BIRMINGHAM.
My father (unlike me!) was a successful businessman. Here is a photo. of one of his shops, and some memories of it.

 


THE CLENT HILLS; BUT MAINLY CROOME PARK.
Popping out for a walk up one of the Clent Hills to work up an appetite for breakfast; but most of this page is about a visit on 2nd January 2011 to Croome Park, near Pershore, Worcestershire; a major restoration project by the National Trust.

 


IRONBRIDGE, PLUS A FLYING VISIT TO WROXETER.
Several visits would be necessary to take in this World Heritage Site, famous for its industrial development. This was our first one, but we couldn’t resist going a few miles further on to see the Roman remains at Wroxeter.

 


KINGSWOOD CANAL JUNCTION.
A few shots of Kingswood, near Lapworth, where the Stratford-on-Avon and Grand Union canals are linked.

 


CATCHING UP – A MISCELLANY.
A number of visits to places that might be of interest. King’s Norton canal junction; Wightwick Manor (above); Coughton Court; Chedworth Roman Villa; Kinver Edge, plus a couple of butterflies.

 


WHAT IS IT LIKE UNDER SPAGHETTI JUNCTION?
When undergoing the appalling tedium of going north (or south) on the M6 through the West Midlands, you must often have been delayed? So have I, especially when trying to join (or leave) the M6 at this Junction 6. Click on the above thumbnail to see what it’s like underneath.

 


DIARY RESUMPTION – CANAL, TARDEBIGGE.
After a long period without much in the way of travel, walking and enjoying the outdoors, we have begun again in June 2010A few shots along the Birmingham – Worcester Canal… and a couple of new butterflies!

 


A SHORT WALK IN THE WOODGATE VALLEY COUNTRY PARK, DECEMBER 2008.
Here we go again, a year later! These few photos. were taken on Boxing Day (26th December), when we ventured forth for some fresh air. The air was very fresh indeed – we had not taken our gloves, and wished we had!

 


A SHORT WALK ON THE LICKEY HILLS, DECEMBER 2007.
What better way is there for a Brummie, of ‘Blowing away the cobwebs’ after Christmas 2007, by going for a bracing walk on the nearby Lickeys? Even if we do end up in a city centre pub. listening to Jazz!

 


TWO VIEWS OF SNOW HILL STATION, ca. 1973.
In early January 2009, we made speed to fill some gaps in this Diary, and have used things from the past. And have waxed nostalgic, as you will see if you bother to read this stuff.

 


LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL, DECEMBER 2008.
A brief excursion to the historic City of Lichfield to visit the cathedral.

 


THE PONTCYSYLLTE CANAL AQUEDUCT.
A couple of photos. of this superb canal aqueduct, finished in 1805 (I think), which conveys the Shropshire Union Canal over the River Dee valley, a few miles east of Llangollen, Wales.

 


THE BRANDWOOD TUNNEL.
A very brief description of the southern portal of this canal tunnel.

 


THE PEN ROOM; & Tyria jacobaeae.
A short paragraph on how a bicycle ride led me to discover a small but excellent Birmingham Museum, the observation of Ragwort, and the Cinnabar moth.

 

Page revised & moved here 12th February 2017.