Time

It’s been a sunny but windy weekend. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling but I’ve embarked on a sitting out project which has made be think that it wasn’t such a good idea! It’ll work out fine but I’m looking at the mess and thinking ‘oh dear!’

The trees are looking fab as Spring fever has well and truly got a hold, loving that the garden is suddenly springing into life & colour.

Time

It’s been a glorious week. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday which means were looking back at memories, this time it’s summer flowers. […]

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at […]

 

Sunday Memories

It is Sunday so it must be Memories time again and hope it reminds you of warmer days.
I can hear the rain battering by window and the wind blowing outside. I have fed the birds and tied down the cover of my patio furniture.

Sunflowers reaching for the sun – can’t wait to start growing these again. I may start some of in the next few days once I’ve cleaning the greenhouse out!

Beningbrough Hall is always a favourite of mine partly because I have a National Trust yearly pass which allows be to visit many places.

The meadows at ‘golden hour’ was really special too. Golden buttercups bathed in the rays of the setting sun (plus it was also lovely and hot even at sunset.)

As you probably realise I love photographing bees. Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world!

I also visited York where they had made it into a bee friendly city with tubes of flowers and flower displays all around.

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the […]

May

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short […]

Colour Vs Black & White

Remember I went to Beningbrough Hall on 01/01/22? Well here are a few of the images but I thought you might like to see them in both colour & black and white.

I wrote an article last year on the differences between B&W and Monochrome which you will find here.

Black and white photography has unique qualities that are as strong today as they always were. Timeless, gritty, truthful and classic are all common ways of describing black-and-white photography … even after nearly 200 years since Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first black-and-white photograph, mono remains as popular as ever.

DIGITAL CAMERA 2020

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Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

It was such a lovely day on the 1st January that I decided to have a ride out to Beningbrough hall & Gardens run by the National Trust.

I also created a short time lapse video of the sun setting although I didn’t get all of it as the gardens shut at 16:00

Sunday Sun Salutation

A bit of seed Yoga I thought I would show you a little time lapse of my sunflower slowly bending towards the sun from last year. […]

Bluebells New Edit

What a glorious day!As promised here’s a few photographs from my trip to one Bluebell patch in some woodland very near to where I live. It […]

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June in Pictures



June was a very busy month visiting many places. I think I got back into the swing of taking photography again, without feeling like I had to go out and take images, for the sake of it.

Beningbrough Hall is always a favourite of mine partly because I have a National Trust yearly pass which allows be to visit many places.

The meadows at ‘golden hour’ was really special too. Golden buttercups and wild Lupins bathed in the rays of the setting sun (plus it was also lovely and hot even at sunset.)

As you probably realise I love photographing bees. Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world!

In the middle of the city was the idyllic, St Anthony’s Garden. A quiet haven in the hustle and bustle of the city.

I also visited York where they had made it into a bee friendly city with tubes of flowers and flower displays all around.

Beningbrough Hall

Over the weekend I visited the National Trust property, Beningbrough Hall.

Beningbrough Hall is a large Georgian mansion near the village of Beningbrough, North Yorkshire, England, and overlooks the River Ouse. It has baroque interiors, cantilevered stairs, wood carving and central corridors which run the length of the house. Externally the house is a red-brick Georgian mansion with a grand drive running to the main frontage and a walled garden, The house is home to more than 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

The weather was just how I wanted it, warm and a bit cloudy. This is better for taking photographs as the flowers wouldn’t be too bright with the sun.

Elizabethan house

Ralph Bourchier inherited the Beningbrough estate in 1556 and began building the first house on a site approximately 300 metres south east of the present hall. This was the family home for around 150 years. Surveys suggest that it was timber framed with fine panelled interiors, some of which were re-used and can be seen in the present hall. In 1649 Ralph’s grandson, the puritan Sir John Bourchier, signed the death warrant of Charles I. He was too ill to be tried and died just before the restoration, escaping any punishment.

His son Barrington rescued the property from the threat of confiscation by Charles II, therefore keeping Beningbrough in the family.

The present hall

In 1700 John Bourchier inherited the estate, and in 1704 embarked on a grand tour of Europe, spending almost two years in Italy. 

On his return and inspired by the Italianate baroque architectural style, John planned and built the current hall, with William Thornton as his chief craftsman.

Thornton was responsible for the main cantilevered staircase and the fine woodcarving in the hall. Completed in 1716, the hall now stands proud at more than 300 years old.

 

Easter holiday in York III

As promised a few images from my ‘big’ camera when I visited National Trust property, Goddard’s the other day. The garden looked stunning in their April colours and blossoms. Goddard’s has five acres of garden […]

A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The weather in North Yorkshire has been glorious and I’ve been very busy in the garden tidying up and getting rid of […]

Easter holiday in York II

A few images from my camera phone from today. I visited National Trust property Goddard’s this afternoon. The garden looked stunning in their April colours and blossoms. Goddard’s has five acres of garden rooms to […]

Time

It’s been a sunny but windy weekend. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling but I’ve embarked on a sitting out project which has made be think that it wasn’t such a good […]

Sunday Memories

It is Sunday so it must be Memories time again and hope it reminds you of warmer days. I can hear the rain battering by window and the wind blowing outside. I have fed the […]

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

It was such a lovely day on the 1st January that I decided to have a ride out to Beningbrough hall & Gardens run by the National Trust. I also created a short time lapse […]

Goodbye October, Hello November

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” J.K. […]

Nunnington Hall

I had a visit to Nunnington Hall & Gardens which is owned by the National Trust. Their botanical displays were absolutely gorgeous. Here are just a few of the many, many displays. If you want […]

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