Thursday, 28 June 2012

Snail Mail

Did you ever wonder why old-fashioned post is called snail mail?



Nothing to do with speed of delivery at all...



...as I discovered at my local post box yesterday.




Sunday, 17 June 2012

North Wales Coast


Talacre Lighthouse

Talacre
 This is the first time I've visited this area of North Wales and I was surprised how much the long beaches and big sky resembled those of Norfolk.
Talacre








 Behind the sands are the promenades and amusement arcades of popular seaside resorts - so it's best to look mainly out to sea!
Rhyl



Thursday, 14 June 2012

The World in Black and White

Last week was half-term and we headed off for Cheshire - the land of black and white houses! First we stopped off at Little Moreton Hall which is a crazy patchwork of patterns.




The designer/architect seems to have gone mad with a wing added on here and an extra window bay jutting out there.




I could just stand and gawp at this all day! It's like some film set designer's idea of Merry Olde Englande rather than an actual family home.






























From there we headed to what must be the capital of black and white buildings - Chester!

The main streets are lined with timber-framed shops, even if inside there's nothing more exciting than an average high street clothing store.

There are even covered walkways at first floor level with shops behind them - an excellent idea as it soon started to rain.


The rather famous clock over the Eastgate





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