Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Back Home amoungst the Chimneys

Hi folks,

well fully recovered we are back on this side of the pond and I must admit the weather is not too bad for our return. Lots to do, change the few dollars we had left back into the pretty stuff, sorry but the American money is a bit poor to our standards, it all looks the same.

We then went to Lower Halstow to visit the Edith May tea rooms, I hope our American friends and there are quite a few will enjoy our countryside and what the UK has to offer. Lower Halstow is about 20 minutes from where we live by car and is where this old Thames Barge is moored for the winter. In the spring its' sails are fitted and it takes visitors up and down the Medway and out onto the Thames Estuary on day trips which are very enjoyable.

Her rear end with the rudder removed for maintenance.

We then walked along a very muddy path to see a lovely cloud formation over the top of a power station. This is Grain a Coal fired one that is soon to be decommissioned and then removed from the skyline. 

This is Kingsnorth, another power station also due for demolition shortly.  It is on the waters edge in Essex which you can clearly see from the footpath.

You can see that the UK is against the burning of coal and we import loads from other countries even though we have plenty in the UK, we are a strange bunch. Below is Cedar Bay Generating Station near Jacksonville, Florida which is still burning coal,  popping up over the trees.

Back in the UK you can see that they have had a fair bit of rain whilst we have been away.

Thistle nearing the end of it's life by the waters edge.

And a Fungi starting to grow in the damp ground.

Loads of berries on the trees waiting for the birds

Back on board out of the wind we settled down to a nice cup of tea and a warm by the fire before driving home on the left hand side of the road.

Thanks to all the people on the other side of the pond that made our stay so enjoyable, we shall now start saving again for a return trip.

Thanks for taking the time to look at the blog, and leave a comment if you can.

nite, nite, Luv Mike XX


  1. Glad you had a good day out. love the cloud formation, I went to Blue Town with Gill, and the on to Minster, and we both commented on the strange cloud formation, I said to Gill, Mike you love to take some photos of them, and you commented on your blog about the cloud formation.

    1. Possible, the same cloud formations. You have been out as well then.

  2. You are going to be in a whole lot of trouble with two PS's in this blog....

    It is a nice picture of the back of the boat.

    1. There are THREE chimneys, you missed one.

  3. Hi Mike,someone's not going to be happy about the power stations..........
    mentioning NO names !!!
    Love the 'pot of tea' at the end......nice to be home, hey !!!
    Can you send me your address again please.......Have a little something for
    Sue....Just need a few days to finish it !!!
    Chris and Dave R

  4. Chris and Trev are quite right ... not one or even TWO....THREE pictures of blinking Power Stations! .. is that a good way to treat a loyal supporter of your blog? I don't think so! .... But I'll forgive you cos the rest of the pictures are great....! BTW Some of my crafty work MAY be displayed on Create and Craft TV soon.... 11th Nov at 3pm on a SplodgeAway show... and the other (PanPastels) to be confirmed.. might be the 13th.... No... I won't stick a picture of your Power stations on a card!!! lol
    E xxx

  5. See,, Eileen forgives me.
    Thanks for all you comments and looks on Facebook.

  6. Mike you forgot to say that the Edith May is also used as a musical venue during the winter and she will be hosting three different Carol concerts at the beginning of December

    1. Thanks Stephen, sorry to have missed you today.

  7. Thanks for posting these pictures. Never been out of the USA, so truly enjoy what you share! I am loving your blog!

    1. Thanks Vickie, glad you like it. Still blogging images from the States as I have had to go back to work but there are plenty of English scenes further back to look at.
      Hope your new home will soon take shape.