14 september 2014

Special shaped teapots

If you like tea and you would be interested to hear about its history and see all kinds of things that have to do with tea, the current exhibition in the Keramiekmuseum (Ceramics Museum) Princessehof in Leeuwarden is something for you to visit. I went there yesterday and I just loved their collection of teapots! For this post I chose to show you the weirdest (a tank teapot) and the most stylish shape: the handbag teapot..

13 september 2014

From the archives #32

Rome, Italy (2009)

As on many other street corners in the city of Rome, this man was roasting and selling chestnuts. I can remember the smell was wonderful.

12 september 2014

Remembering Le Tour

As you may remember, this year´s edition of the Tour de France started in the U.K. On the first stage from Leeds to Harrogate, the cyclists passed the Yorkshire Dales National Park. And when we were there in August, the villages along the route were still proud to show it with bicycles on the walls of pubs, hotels, shops, etc. These pictures are from Hawes, a town in the Wensleydale.

11 september 2014

Black Sheep Brewery

We brought home (or actually my husband did as I don't like to drink beer), a souvenir from the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, Yorkshire. However I do like the reference there to All Creatures Great & Small with 'All Creatures Bright & Beautiful'! And what about the one on the right, with 'Monty Python's Holy (Gr)ail, Tempered over burning witches..'

10 september 2014


From the Oxford dictionary: Gate. Pronunciation: /ɡeɪt/  :
A hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge.

Seen in the Elan Valley in Wales. I wondered then, and I still do now: why a gate when it is not be closed?

Linking to signs, signs.

9 september 2014

Talyllyn Railway

We took a very nice ride on the Talyllyn Railway, a historic narrow-gauge steam railway. It is running from the village of Tywyn at the Cardigan Bay coast of Wales, through the Fathew Valley. The railway was built in the 19th century to carry slate. When the slate traffic ceased in the 1940's, the future for the railway looked bad. Fortunately the trains and the stations managed to survive. Nowadays everything is run by volunteers, which is quite amazing if you think of it.

On the Abergynolwyn station, about halfway, On the way back the train makes a refreshment stop here.

Even though the average speed of the train is about 9 miles per hour, on the photo it looks like we were speeding ! ;)

8 september 2014

Wickedly wonderful..

One of the many, many displays of fudge that we came across during our holiday.. It's sweet, soft and rich, and far too delicious..  I searched for a translation in Dutch, but I'm not sure there is one. Maybe 'toffee' comes closest. Best is to try it :)

7 september 2014

Powis Castle and gardens

A view up to medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion Powis Castle, in mid-Wales near the town of Welshpool. It was originally built around 1200 as a fortress, and then remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years. It is now under the care of the National Trust.

The castle is famous for its extensive gardens, terraces, parkland, deerpark and landscaped estate. It was a real pleasure to wander around the gardens. The huge clipped conifers above, known as 'yews', are said to be 300 years old.

A view of a part of the gardens.

6 september 2014

From the archives #31

Alberta, Canada (2012)

I am continuing my weekly theme 'From the archives' with a photo from Lake Louise, a huge ski resort. On our way to Banff we made a stop here, and watched a bride and groom -with guests- getting ready for a photo shoot. 

5 september 2014

Craig Goch Dam

The Craig Goch Dam is one of four dams in the Elan Valley, in mid-Wales. The construction of the dam began in 1897, and was completed in 1904. The primary purpose of the dam, and the Elan Valley reservoirs, is to provide clean drinking water for the city of Birmingham.

Seen from the other side. Pictures we saw in the visitor centre all showed this dam with water running through the half-round openings to the other side, but as you can see there was not so much water when we were there.

The Craig Goch reservoir.

4 september 2014

Aberystwyth seafront

We enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the seafront in Aberystwyth, in west Wales. Aberystwyth is a historic market town and holiday resort. Having a university college, it is a major Welsh educational centre as well.

The Royal Pier has a length of 242 meters (794 ft). The original pier dates from 1865 and was much longer, but severe storms damaged the construction many times. After World War 2 it was in such a poor state that it was closed. In the 1980's a lot of money was spent for improvements. Nowadays it's a pleasure pier, with a restaurant and gambling machines.

3 september 2014

Break its neck Walk

(We went the other way)

This picture was taken in the Hafren Forest in mid-Wales. Note that almost any text you find anywhere in Wales is bilingual: in Welsh and English.

Linking to signs, signs.

2 september 2014


Always on the lookout for details, I found this doorbell at the front of a house in the village of Richmond (Yorkshire)

1 september 2014

Sheep country

The Yorkshire Dales are very much 'owned' by sheep. The public footpaths cross the green and (sometimes) steep pastures. This flock watched us warily when we passed.

Here we were approaching a farm. Both these pictures were taken in the Wensleydale. Years ago the episodes of  the television series "All Creatures Great and Small", about the life of country vet James Herriot, were filmed in this region. I have been a fan of the series as well as the books for many years, and I really loved it here.

31 augustus 2014


Back from two weeks that were well spent in Wales, the Yorkshire Dales, and the city of York (U.K.) We enjoyed ourselves very much with sightseeing, hiking, visiting historical sites etc. There is a big task sorting out hundreds of photos now :)
This picture was taken in front of the York Minster. More to follow!

16 augustus 2014

From the archives #30

Helsinki, Finland (2006)

The Sibelius Monument, here seen from underneath, consists of 600 hollow steel pipes that are welded together in a wave-like pattern. The purpose of the maker, Eila Hiltunen, was to capture the essence of the music of this Finnish composer (1865-1957).
The monument is located at the Sibelius Park in Helsinki.

15 augustus 2014

Valkhof Park gate

The entrance to the Valkhof Park in Nijmegen has an impressive gate, a bridge, and fences on both sides.

Linking to Good Fences #21.

14 augustus 2014

Museum library

A long table with art books giving background information about the current exhibitions in museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen.
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