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  • Ragleth Hill – Simon Whaley
    In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Ragleth Hill By simonwhaley On 4 May 2015 In British Travel NEWS The June 2015 issue has one of my photos for it s Viewpoint section It s an image of the Long Mynd taken from ragleth Hill in the evening sunlight proof that the sun does shine some days This was taken on one of those wonderfully calm June evenings when the air was still the heat had gone from the sun but it wasn t cold wearing a T shirt and my ears were bombarded by the numerous skylarks singing their joy at such a lovely evening And all this just 40 miles as the buzzard flies from Birmingham City Centre Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Previous Books For Writers All In One Place Next Head and Shoulders Comments are closed Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee

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  • It’s April – Time for the Black and White Trail! – Simon Whaley
    have been picked up like this but it was moved from its town centre location and in 1859 rebuilt beside the Priory Church The tour heads west along the A44 and A4112 through Dilwyn to Weobley with its 185 feet tall church spire the second highest in the county topped only by Hereford s Cathedral Broad Street has several timber framed buildings but the oldest is the Manor House first built around 1320 in Bell Square When a bakery caught fire in 1943 several timber framed buildings in Broad Street were destroyed a reminder of their vulnerability The trail saunters through Sarnesfield where John Abel carpenter to Charles I and builder of Leominster s Grange Court is buried before reaching Eardisley Dickenspiration Several of Eardisley s timber framed dwellings date from the 15th and 17th centuries but a 19th century literary plot can be seen in St Mary s Church Two plaques recount the life story of the Barnsley family the foundations of which bear a strong resemblance to the plot of Bleak House Dickens is known to have visited Eardisley No timber tour is complete without a small diversion to Eardisley s Great Oak a fine specimen reputedly first recorded growing in 1086 The trail heads northwards to Kington the English town on the Welsh side of Offa s Dyke before turning eastwards along the A44 through Lyonshall to Pembridge Many buildings here have numerous vertical oak uprights unnecessary for the building s structure but important for showing off the owner s wealth Oak was an expensive building material Pembridge Nailed Pembridge Church has an unusual 13th century detached wooden belfry and next to the New Inn pub stands the old Market Hall Look for two stones in the south west corner struck when traders agreed a deal hence the expression paying on the nail From Pembridge the tour drives to Eardisland where the timber framed cottages are reflected in the tranquil waters of the River Arrow Don t miss the 17th century Georgian Dovecote with its 900 nesting alcoves Although many timber framed properties date back to the 14th and 15th centuries the tradition of painting unseasoned oak timbers black is actually a Victorian idea From here it s a short drive back to Leominster pronounced as Lemster and spelt like this on some old mileposts or Llanllieni as some Welsh say Useful info How To Get There Leominster lies 12 miles south of Ludlow and 15 miles north of Hereford Find Out More Download a full trail leaflet from here http visitherefordshire co uk wp content uploads 2011 10 Black White Trail pdf Eat Ye Olde Salutation Inn Market Pitch Weobley HR4 8SJ www salutation inn com Tel 01544 318443 This timber framed inn has great views down Weobley s black and white High Street Stay The Manor House B B Bell Square Weobley HR4 8SE www manorhouse weobley com Tel 01544 318425 It s one of Weobley s oldest buildings with its timber frame construction and

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  • The Original Salvager – Simon Whaley
    the Cockpit Bar could lean against timbers from the last armed sailing ship to go to war HMS Arethusa Sadly these were lost when the hotel caught fire in 1981 The Bristol Colonade which overlooks the central Piazza was originally built around 1760 and stood in Bristol over 170 miles away It suffered from bomb damage and the associated Bath House had deteriorated so badly it couldn t be saved In 1959 the Ministry of Works gave Clough permission to dismantle it and rebuild it at Portmeirion Just off from the Piazza is The Town Hall built between 1937 and 1938 Originally Clough planned to build a theatre here but when flicking through the pages of Country Life magazine he spotted an article announcing the demolition and sale of the assets of Emral Hall in Flintshire He dashed across Wales arriving just in time for the start of the sale where he bought the ballroom ceiling for 13 and then went on to buy the rest of the room including the mullioned windows oak cornices and fire grate To make use of these purchases he dropped his theatre plans and built the Town Hall instead Emral Hall is not the only building to help form part of this amazing building To the left of the Hall s main doors is an oval grille in the wall which used to be part of the old Bank of England building in Walbrook in the City of London At the other end of the Piazza is The Gothic Pavillion which also originated from Flintshire This was a generous gift to me from Nerquis Hall Clough wrote where it was a porte cochère a covered entrance which is wide enough for vehicles to pass through During the dismantling process it was badly damaged but this didn t deter Clough who insisted on making use of the material In the end he added we built up not the original portico but an amended version which with its more attenuated proportions and slender pinnacles is generally held to have gained in elegance whatever it may have lost in authenticity Clough used salvaged items on several properties across the village The bandstand just off the Piazza was designed to cover up the village s electricity sub station Between each of the bandstand s arches is a series of mermaid panels rescued from an old seaman s home in Liverpool Eagle eyes visitors will also spot some of these panels on The Gloriette on the Gazebo in the grounds behind the village and even on the balustrade around the building called The Anchor Pieces were often acquired on spec in the hope they might come in useful one day When he built The Pantheon in 1960 Clough added the ornate Gothic porch which he d picked up 20 years earlier from Dawpool a Cheshire property Although used as a porch for The Pantheon at Dawpool such was the scale of the building it was originally an interior fireplace

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  • British Travel – Page 2 – Simon Whaley
    new window Like this Like Loading Bishop s Wood By simonwhaley On 16 June 2014 In British Travel Walking Bishop s Wood published in the July 2014 issue of Country Walking The July 2014 issue of Country Walking magazine carries my 8 5 mile route around the Shropshire South Staffordshire border offering walkers the opportunity to visit White Ladies Priory Boscobel house and the famous oak tree Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Clee St Margaret By simonwhaley On 18 May 2014 In British Travel Features Walking The June 2014 issue of Country Walking carries my 7 25 mile route around Clee St Margaret giving you the opportunity to visit the church at Clee St Margaret St Milburgha s Well and Heath Chapel it s a right religious wander you could say Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Plodding Around Pontesbury By simonwhaley On 22 April 2014 In British Travel Features Walking Pontesbury COuntry Walking May 2014 Take a wander around Earl s Hill Shropshire Wildlife Trust s first nature reserve and explore the hill known as the Sleeping Dragon Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading The Stiperstones By simonwhaley On 18 March 2014 In British Travel Walking Stiperstones was published in BBC Countryfile Experience the drama of this wild and atmospheric Welsh Border landscape that attracts the Devil Wild Edric s ghost and lightning Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Alcock Tarn By simonwhaley On 18 March 2014 In British Travel Walking Alcock tarn was published in Lakeland Walker Simon Whaley investigates Wainwright s dreary tarn Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Explore Turner

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  • It Rains … Get Over It! – Simon Whaley
    have seen had you picked the right week for your holiday Not that the following week will be any better Mother Nature is simply teasing the new batch of arrivals and letting them get unnecessarily excited Red Button Forecasts Digital television has given us access to hundreds more television channels although the weather information pages of the old Ceefax and Teletext have yet to be updated Select a 24 hour or even a 5 day forecast from your remote control device and note how the Met Office just doesn t bother As the map downloads Cumbria seems to appear as an afterthought It s as if the Met Office simply plonk a weather symbol any weather symbol will do it appears it doesn t actually have to be relevant where Lancaster is and another one where Carlisle should be As for the huge swathes of Cumbria in between these points the Met Office has clearly decided that this is weatherless Nothing will be happening here weatherwise it seems How wrong they are Unsubstantiated rumours Rumours of fine weather in the Cumbria can cross the entire county quicker than a Search and Rescue dog Rain forces many tourists into any sort of place of shelter coffee shop closed tourist information centre public toilets or under a passing Herdwick sheep This is where most tourists will hear phrases including It s just a passing shower even though it arrived in February and nine months later it is still passing through or Rain at seven dry by eleven which is worthless seeing as it doesn t state on which date at eleven o clock it will be dry Whilst sheltering under a tree near Loweswater once a passing walker actually said Apparently there s a broken satellite falling to earth and when it passes over head it may shelter us from the rain for 14 62 seconds Micro Climates The reason the Met Office doesn t bother weather forecasting in Cumbria is because of micro climates These are small areas where the weather is affected by the geological surroundings Seathwaite in Borrowdale is often quoted as being the wettest place in England because of its position north east of Scafell Pike Scafell and Great Gable some of the highest mountains in the area With prevailing winds coming from the south west these mountains force the rain bearing clouds higher encouraging them to empty their contents over little Seathwaite A few miles down the road at Grange the weather can be dry and sunny Indeed whatever weather tourists may experience in one valley can be completely different to the weather experienced by tourists in the adjacent valley Suffice to say that Murphy s Law ensures that wherever you are you ll be in the wrong valley The Cumbrian Weather Forecasting Stone Of course local Cumbrians have adapted to this way of life growing webbed feet and skin that doesn t wrinkle after being in the water for more than fifteen minutes Part of this

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  • Solvitur Ambulando – Simon Whaley
    wind to turn a leaf let alone a wind turbine Normally for me it would have been a day to go high I m not one to set out to climb a mountain if it s guaranteed to be in cloud If I ve put effort in to ascend a summit I want to be rewarded with a view or at least a sneaky peak of a view and so days like this always have Go high stamped firmly across them But as I contemplated where to go my dilemma influenced my decision If I went high I d be doing it because that what I always did It s like saying yes when someone offers me work It s what I felt I ought to be doing So going against the grain I decided to stay low I wouldn t climb I would circumnavigate instead Which is why I found myself approaching the shores of Loweswater Stepping into Holme Wood just where the National Trust moor their rowing boats my mood changed The only breeze was an air of tranquillity It was the slightest of ripples that took the sharpness off the reflections in the water A chiff chaff sang it s tuneful two note song and a red squirrel teased me with a sighting before scampering behind the tree trunk As I followed the path around the edge of Loweswater the trees hid the view Only the dappled sunlight reached the woodland floor and whereas normally on a day like this I d be scanning huge vistas across half of northern England and possibly a bit of Scotland all I could see now were rays of sunshine spotlighting the individual veins on the beech leaves At Holme Wood Bothy I sat down and watched a fish wallowing in the warmth of the shallows Ahead of me I was seeing double two Whitesides two Grasmoors and two Mellbreaks I sat there for twenty minutes drinking in the view marvelling at the sight I was seeing purely because I d taken the unusual decision of staying low Life is more interesting when you do something different I said out loud Only the red squirrels heard me this time and they didn t answer me back So I did Perhaps that s the answer you re looking for My circumnavigation of contemplation continued around Loweswater and after Hudson Place I cut across the soggy fields and two footbridges to find the shore side road with its small layby There sitting in a chair with a newspaper and pipe sat the gentleman who d passed me earlier Did you enjoy your walk I enquired Of course he replied How can you not enjoy yourself when you re doing something you want to do I gazed across the water towards Carling Knott And do you enjoy everything that you do If I have a choice in what I m doing then yes The skill is understanding you have a choice most of the

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  • Focus On Imaging Show – Simon Whaley
    get in They re trained to spot the telltale signs the beads of sweat appearing on the temples and brow the nervous twitch of the eyes as you try not to look at them but you want to look because you don t want to appear shifty Suddenly they lunge pulling an unsuspecting photographer from within the inner sanctum of the five deep queue If you ve pre registered sir you can come this way A guiding hand falls onto the photographer s elbow as they re led away never to be seen again There are two types of person who attends the Focus on Imaging Show the pro and the amateur The pro registers in advance receives their badge months beforehand files it somewhere safe and then can t locate it on the day The amateur joins the two mile long queue at the door completing their registration form using a pen borrowed from the pro in front who lost his badge The show itself isn t complete without a free goodie bag full of suitable material for next week s paper recycling collection The big decision is which bag to go for the sturdy one with rope handles advertising the camera system you don t use or the thin plastic one that isn t big enough to put all of the free competition entry forms in Once you ve gained access to Focus On Imaging both amateurs and pros split into two further types of attendee those who block the entrance because they re awestruck at the size of the show and those who block the entrance because they ve just bumped into Pete who they met at last year s show and now need to spend an hour with catching up on the great shots they ve taken during the last 12 months This annoys the staff manning the stands who have been here since 6am setting up and are now desperate to fight their way out to buy 16 frothy lattes four cappuccinos and seven teas from the coffee bar outside the halls Once this far in another decision arises walk around the stands in a logical manner up one side down the next but face a nervous breakdown when you reach a staggered junction or be swept down the aisles with the general flow of footfall and spat out three hours later into the section where those who decided to bring their foil wrapped packed lunch with them claim their 6in 2 patch of floor to sit on Then there are the overheard comments when viewing the photos taken by both students and professionals One says Wow look at the craftsmanship that went into taking that whilst another snorts F16 at 1 8sec Not without Photoshop it wasn t So there are two sides to every Focus On Imaging show There are those who can t stand the crowds and there are those who find it a highlight of their year So I ll see

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  • Lovely Day For ‘It’ – Simon Whaley
    are getting their boots and gear out of the car It is customary to say morning at this point Once you ve identified which stile escapes the car park you set off with your map in the pocket and your camera around your neck confident that the next two hours will be hard work but worth it The beginning of the climb is usually straight forward but within minutes you reach a bridge and a junction of paths This is where the game really begins Whilst you scrutinise the map to decide which path to take Tim and Jim have caught you up Now if this was the school playground one of them would tap you on the shoulder and shout it However we re adults now so we don t do that bit Instead we acknowledge each other again usually with another morning Tim and Jim continue on the path that you ve just identified you need so instead of following hot on their heels you realise that the stream flowing underneath the bridge would make a perfect photo By the time you ve pressed the shutter release a respectable gap has been created between you and Tim and Jim Fifteen minutes later Tim and Jim come into view again Tim s realised that he s wearing too much clothing and needs to remove his mid layer Thankfully Jim is on hand to hold his top layer whilst Tim sorts himself out As he brings it over his head you have the opportunity to pass the metaphorical it and pass them By this stage the climbing is steeper and the breaths much shorter The muscles at the top of your thighs request a short break and to reinforce this message your mouth has dried out signalling the need for a fluid intake break As you glug quantities of mineral water down your throat Tim and Jim wander past making you it again whilst nonchalantly commenting on how lucky we are with the weather today Five minutes later your heart has calmed down and is signalling that it s prepared to give this climb another go so this time you set off at a slower pace in an attempt to be more comfortable Despite this thirty minutes later you pass Tim and Jim and delight in making them it once more Luckily Jim now needs to rearrange his layering system and it s Tim who is acting at as clothes horse Striding purposefully onwards and upwards you head towards the summit By now the altitude gained is measured in thousands of feet and the views are worthy of a few mega pixels on your memory card Whilst you re busy framing your shot again Tim and Jim appear around the corner passing the tag back to you whilst your eye is still fixed to your viewfinder Within minutes though you re back on track and having had chance to give your heart a sneaky rest the strides are confident again

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