The Oliver Cromwell

Here is Britannia class locomotive 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”, at speed, pulling the Cotswold Venturer service on the North Cotswolds Line from London Paddington to Worcester via Oxford – taken from a farm bridge between Bruen Crossing and Kingham in West Oxfordshire station this morning – the weather was rather drab (cold, wet and a little blowy),…

Super Blue Moon

This is the super blue moon – taken from the edge of the Wychwood Forest, near Charlbury. It is super because the moon is closer to the Earth than usual, blue because this is the second new moon this month (2nd January 2018 and 31st January 2018) – and, in certain parts of the world…

Three Dancing Fairies

This is a temporary sculpture installation called ‘Three Dancing Fairies’, currently sited at the Rollright Standing Stones, Oxfordshire – previous photographs are Rollright Stones and Rollright Stones Revisited.  The sculpture is sited near the stone circle (about 20m behind me when I made this photograph). From the notice nearby: This temporary sculpture by environmental sculptor…

Ducks all in a row?

Happy New Year everyone!  One of the first photographs of 2018- not quite ducks all in a row, but swans…and a goose on the bank (one of several who were getting a little upset because of Sparky being sat next to me when this was taken!) This photograph was taken on New Years Day in Stratford-upon-Avon,…

Snowy Worcestershire Beacon

A rather snowy view on the way up the Worcestershire Beacon above Great Malvern earlier today – at low levels, very little settled snow, but up here there was 2cm or so.  Quite a steep climb out of Malvern – takes around 30 minutes to get from the town to the summit – a little…

Welsh Mountains

These are Welsh Mountains – some might say they are ‘tiddlers’, but still impressive to me – this is a panoramic shot taken on a quick trip (8hr drive, round-trip) to Bangor in North Wales so that Miles and I could attend the University Open Day – the day was useful, but I would have…

The Royal Scot

#RoyalScot #Stream #Train #Cotswolds Here is The Royal Scot, at speed, on the North Cotswold line from Oxford to Worcester – a trip from London Paddington called The Cotswold Venturer – this train was supposed to have been pulled by The Flying Scotsman, but had to be substituted due to mechanical problems: Flying Scotsman update:…

Traffic jam…

…the Dartmoor way! A side road across Dartmoor, Devon, UK on Tuesday morning as we were making our way to the coast at Salcombe – almost as many Highland cows here as we saw in Scotland a few years ago!  Where are the bull bars for my car (Nissan X-Trail) when I need them! #Dartmoor,…

Severn Bridge

This is the first Severn Bridge connecting Aust, England to Chepstow, Wales – this bridge saved a 50 mile round trip up to the next bridge over the River Severn at Gloucester – It was opened in 1966 and carried the M4 until the Second Severn Crossing took over in 1996 – the road on…

Vanishing Point

Vanishing point…in so many ways!  Artistically, we have converging lines from the track, bridge and railings meeting at the vanishing point at the base of the trees in the distance; Historically, this the track bed for a long dismantled railway – here it is fairly clear, but elsewhere it is vanishing – quite overgrown and being…