Saturday 30 October 2010
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Bowmanstead stands out on a hill when approaching the village of Coniston in the southern Lake District. For some reason I have never noticed the post box until this Sunday. I would have had an excuse this year for not noticing it, for Spoon Hall Pony Trekking have installed two flat white wooden horses on the hill, just before the church, advertising their ponies. They really catch the eye.
Then when playing around with Google maps I noticed their cameras have been out and about , how could I resist putting the code in this post, you can just make out the church tower and postbox below. No use panning to the left for the field was bare of wooden horses when the Google cars drove past. I'd better put a picture here now I've bigged them up...
Gemma at Greyscale Territory is the hostess of Weekend Mailbox, post anything remotely to do with mail. I'm justifying including the ponies, in times past they used to carry mail. Ha ha, only slightly tenuous.
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Friday 29 October 2010
From the north west coast of England travelling south to the sea washed coast of Cornwall and a different time of year
Part of Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts Are Crunchy.
Wednesday 27 October 2010
"Loco #90 is heading for home - the station at Strasburg, PA. Ride the train and experience the beautiful Amish farm country for yourself"
The carriages look just like the ones in westerns, my favourite cowboy Randolph Scott could be boarding ready for his next adventure.
My sender tells me that it is a neat place to take the kids. There is a museum, toy trains and of course train rides. Having looked on the Strasburg website I also now know there is a miniature train and a shop. Sounds as though I could spend days there.
The railway has been in Lancaster County since 1832, but in the 1950s it was deteriorating, a final disaster was the destruction of the tracks by storms which meant it was in danger of closure. In stepped two rail enthusiasts Henry Long and Donald Hallock who saved four and a half miles of track opening it as a tourist attraction in 1958 with the trains they purchased and it is still going strong today.
I was mesmerised by the Strasburg train snow ploughing videos on You Tube but sticking to the post theme here is Loco #90 in close detail with a guitar strumming track
Thank you Rose for this super steaming loco. The card travelled 3336 miles (5368k) and took 5 days.
Monday 25 October 2010
The building survived the English Civil War despite the city walls being breached by the Royalists and the guildhall being looted of the towns archives, mace and seal.
The 19th Century saw it containing a courtroom, a police station and town council. When a new town hall was built and the council moved out the building became dilapidated and it was nearly demolished, happily instead in 1926, after renovation, it was opened as a museum. Today it is once again used as a performance space and there will be various Halloween events taking place this month. A building of this age just has to have ghosts doesn't it? Quite a collection, a white lady, unlocking doors and moving furniture who has a liking for the large bible kept on the table in the library which she opens. Footsteps walking across the roof space where the Victorian police officers used to sleep, a cavalier and ghostly dog. A perfect place for Halloween.
The sender of the card sent it from Nottinghamshire but Leicester is her home town and tells me The Guildhall is one of the oldest buildings in the town. She had run out of 1st class stamps so sent it 2nd class with an amusing hand written 'via air mail' note on it. The post office definitely ignored that piece of whimsy for it took 10 days to get to me. The ying and yang of the post system, I sent a card to Germany recently that only took 2 days.
Thank you Rach. The card travelled north for 154 miles (157k).
Saturday 23 October 2010
The padlock on the postbox, an ornate gate, a closed door, and just to make sure all is safe, a slate and stone wall. Truly a Englishman's home is his castle. Go no further Mr Postman. Then again there is another way of looking at it, as Virginia Wolf did,
"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out, and I thought it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in".
Just the right thought as we approach Halloween and think of all those stories of dark spooky houses.
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Friday 22 October 2010
This year at the 2010 London Festival of stamps they issued a set of "The King's Stamps"; referring to the stamp enthusiast George V who collected and took an interest in the design of stamps. Two of these were reproductions of
the British Empire Exhibition stamps and Royal Mail also issued a set of eight postcards
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Monday 18 October 2010
The card says that "Armadillo means 'little armoured one', in Spanish, originally came to Texas from Mexico. Today the armadillo is the unofficial mascot for Texas". The Aztec name for them was Azotochtli which means 'turtle-rabbit'.
An ancient species whose nearest relatives are anteaters and sloths, and in common with them are insectivores with sticky tongues, who also like long lie ins, sleeping for up to 16 hours a day. They have poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell and also their hair is very sensitive like a cat's whiskers. Only one species of Armadillo can curl up for protection but not this northern species, however it has no natural predators. It does get killed on roads though because when startled it jumps in the air, not the best defence for a speeding car. With a touch of black humour the Americans refer to these as 'Hillbilly speed bumps'.
The card is a great close-up showing the sharp claws they use for digging up grubs and making their dens, which tend to be near creaks and streams. Although they have short legs they can move quickly. I have read that they can stay underwater for up to six minutes. Now you would think that someone covered in armour wouldn't go near water but apparently they can inflate their stomach and intestines increasing in size allowing it to cross narrow bodies of water. Their body temperature is the same as humans but have a low metabolic rate which means that bad weather can wipe out whole populations so although they are expanding their range the warm south is where these cute creatures will be staying.
This card travelled 4,634 miles (7457K) and took 6 days. Thank you Preston
Saturday 16 October 2010
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Friday 15 October 2010
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Monday 11 October 2010
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Friday 8 October 2010
The Three Sisters, Canmore - On line of Canadian Pacific Railway
The iconic Three Sisters in the Rocky Mountains, things have moved on since 1908 when this card was posted for today you can even see them on a web-cam. Our ancestors would be amazed.
The town of Canmore in Alberta was founded in 1883 as a railway division and mining town (coal) it is named after the Scottish emigrant Malcolm Canmore. The family that sent this card were also emigrants but from England.
The message reads:
"Hoping this postcard finds you quite well as it leaves me cha?. Hoping you like this. AW"
After the mining finished the town of Canmore went into decline however when the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics were held the town hosted the Nordic events and has enjoyed good fortune ever since as a centre for tourism and sports. It is now one of the largest towns in Alberta. The Canadian Pacific Railway has been rumbling through the centre of Canmore since 1884,
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Wednesday 6 October 2010
The Barmouth Estuary in Wales is where the River Mawddach ends its journey after rising in the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales. The card is of the mouth of the estuary where the seaside town of Barmouth sits along with the railway viaduct, which is happily still in use. Built in 1867 by the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railways it runs for 900 yards and on the landward side there is a footbridge which is also still used, for a small toll.
My Father was staying near here in 1972 and he noted on the back:
"One could soon reach here from our walking centre. The collection of bungalows in the distance is Fairbourne, a fine place for bathing - if the weather was right. A miniature railway runs from here to the edge of the sands where the Ferry picks one up for Barmouth"The miniature narrow gauge railway and ferry still run. Isn't Barmouth lucky, two railways.
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Monday 4 October 2010
"Line to follow colour rhythms in sycamore" by Andy Goldsworthy
Andy Goldsworthy, sculptor and photographer, lives in Scotland. Some of his works are permanent but some like this one are ephemeral. The coloured sycamore leaves follow a beck in north west Scotland somewhere near the Glenfiddich whiskey distillery. Possibly he put his feet up in the bar at night after completing this and drank a 'wee dram'. I was up there a couple of years ago on the beautiful Moray coast and drove past on the Grantown on Spey road, it is a sort of hot spot of distilleries,
Goldsworthy made this ten years ago on the 2 October, just as Autumn begins, touches of gold and red mix with the green, the season will soon gather pace.
Saturday 2 October 2010
Here you are in the very centre of the English Lake District and the mountains spread like spokes in a wheel from this point.
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Friday 1 October 2010
Intrigued by this dance I found a 18 second clip that shows it in action, although the postcard photographer has captured the movement and feel of the dance wonderfully.
Gavotte Pourlet à quatre
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