Still Life; more Erddig travels

My final look at Erddig sights. The displays there were so thoughtfully arranged that they cried out to be photographed. And I’m not one to ignore such pleas. Everything necessary for living was provided by the hard graft of the servants: from the first hot drink in the morning and bringing warm water for washing,…

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More travels; still Erddig

Despite the problems of unlocking after Lockdown the staff at Erddig were able to open up the servants quarters for the end of season. These areas were interesting enough to entice us to a return visit next year when more of the house will be open. It may be a window on another world, and…

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Canal Cruising Moods

It may seem perverse, but one of the best things about canal holidays is the ability to moor up, step off the narrowboat, and explore. There are market towns and villages for picking up essential supplies and local delicacies, water-based leisure activities, towpath cycling, and heritage sites to visit. Getting active Getting in supplies Getting…

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Canal Cruising continued

Beyond the architecture Canals aren’t all about the architecture, and the mechanics of travelling through rocky terrain, centres of industry, and up and down hills.Canals are steeped in the landscape, giving glimpses of an abundance of wildlife and the glories of nature not possible elsewhere. Flora: usual suspects – and surprises Fauna: in fields and…

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A Cut Above … canal cruising in South Wales

Eighteen months after our previous holiday, we travelled beyond ‘local’. Eighteen months ago, we stepped off narrowboat “The Owl” after cruising the Llangollen and Shropshire canals. Eighteen months on, we took control of narrowboat “Country Lass” on the Brecon and Montgomery canal. It was so good to be back. On the water. On holiday. Different…

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Challenge Your Camera #8

Sport I won’t say I’m the least sporty person I know, but I’m come pretty close. Poor balance, problems with proprioception – basically that means I don’t ‘know’ where my body is in spatial terms, and hyper-mobility means team games are out.As for watching sport? Looking back, I’ve watched some ‘major’ events over the past…

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