Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Thursday, 27 October 2016

UP NORTH on tour with Sue and Winnie #7 Beamish

Hi folks,
after leaving Lincoln we headed north to Durham and arrived to a very friendly reception from the Northern Counties Group of the Motor Caravaners Club.

Through the famous Beamish steam hammer and down the hill to the reception centre

Parking up this was the view from the site area, as you can see we only had a short walk to the living museum, the club had sorted out a reduction in cost as we are club members and also we had another reduction for being seniors so it was very good value as we stayed for three nights.

Our area was at the back of the car park and a bit shady but we intended to be out most of the time and go to the pub by the steam hammer in the evenings and role back down the hill to the van at closing time.

Winnie now parked up for three days of fun.

We got our passes and off we went down the hill to the entrance, paid our money and straight away got on a tram.

From the top deck you had an idea of how bid the place was and the amount of time it would take to get around all the areas.

Another tram going in the opposite direction.

Arriving at the pit village out first stop. More next time and the delights of the living museum, all the best Mike

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

UP NORTH on tour with Sue and Winnie #6

Hi folks,
after a bite to eat we had a walk around the city.

Walking done the hill into the city.

The sign on the bridge tickled us.

Under the bridge. 

and from the other side.

Walk along the river.

Stairway to heaven??

Up the steps and into the centre.

The sculpture is called "Empowerment"
Thanks for looking, Mike

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

UP NORTH on tour with Sue and Winnie #5 Lincoln Cathedral and the Services Chapel

Hi folks,
last from the Cathedral

In the North Transept is the Services Chapels, a very interesting place with all three services represented. You will notice above the entrance which the screen is made of Deal are various figures. At the top is King Alfred, the Saxon King 849-901 and to the left lower is Henry V 1387-1422  To the right is Edward the Black Prince Below that is an escutcheon of Remigius an unidentified Bishop ( probably Remigius) 

The RAF altar. 

Plaque with reference to Bomber Command.

Closeup of the carpet in the chapel.

On the entrance to the chapel are two solder models the one above on the right is from the 19th century. 

The model on the left of the entrance depicts a solder of the great war. You can see them in the entrance to the Chapel in the opening shot.

Moving on to the Chapter House, the ceiling is wonderful, you have to visit to see its structure.

In the Chapter House, a magnificent round structure with it's centre pillar and stained glass windows all around.

Lastly there was a themed  exhibition called Illuminations by Toni Watts who produces artwork using traditional materials and gold leaf, her work is outstanding. I asked if I could photograph the exhibits and she happily agreed and thanked me for asking.

Lastly a close of her work using gold leaf as well as organic colours as used by monks in the past.

Hope you enjoyed the visit to the Cathedral, there is so much more to see and we spent over two hours photographing and looking around. Regards Mike.

Monday, 24 October 2016

UP NORTH on tour with Sue and Winnie #4 Lincoln Cathedral

Hi folks,
still in the cathedral looking at the rest if the interior.

Looking aloft at the splendour.

Thanks for looking mike

Sunday, 23 October 2016

UP NORTH on tour with Sue and Winnie #3 Lincoln Glass

Hi all,
now we go inside to marvel at the fantastic stained glass windows of the Cathedral.

Entrance door to the Cathedral and today it's stained glass, enjoy......................

There you are hope you enjoyed the stained glass of Lincoln Cathedral, next time is a journey through the Cathedral itself. Thanks for looking, Mike

Friday, 21 October 2016

UP NORTH on tour with Sue and Winnie #2

Hi again folks,
the following morning we upsticks and got the bus into the City of Lincoln, the main reason was to look around the Cathedral and a bit of retail therapy in the City

What a fantastic Cathedral, view of the East Window and the Chapter House to the right.

The Cathedral has three towers and is the third largest in the country.

The Bishop's Eye window on the South side, more on this when we enter the Cathedral.

Very interesting main door.

Ornate vertical columns on each side.

Close up of one of the decorated columns.

Originally the Cathedral had spires on top of the towers but over time they came down.

Lastly before we entered, a look at the city gate.

 Hope you enjoyed the exterior, next blog we delve inside. Thanks for looking Mike