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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Boxing Day Snow

Unfortunately I've been a bit poorly this week with a nasty chest infection amongst other things so i couldn't get out on Sunday morning. When the snow arrived on Boxing Day i got myself well wrapped up with my winter gear, put my camera on a tripod and took a big black umbrella to protect it. My plan was to just walk around the block to take a few night/snow pics. It took me about half an hour and i was knackered when i got back home. I processed my pics and stuck some on various face book pages.
The next morning i felt OK so against my better judgement i thought i am not going to miss this snow it'll probably be gone in another day. So i set off down to the Belper River Gardens, did a few pics around there and walked up Bridge Hill to Shire Oaks snapping anything interesting. I walked to the top of Shire Oaks and got some nice tree shots then across the footpath to Belper Lane and back home. So i hope these few pics will keep you amused, they re a mixture of black & white colour and the odd sepia. Starts with the sunrise on Christmas Day, snow pics on the evening of Boxing Day followed by the daytime shots in the snow on Saturday.

Sunrise on Christmas Day from Pinewood road

Pinewood Road

Pinewood Road

Pinewood Road

Whitehouse Rise

Pinewood Road

Pinewood Road

Belper River Gardens

Wyver Lane from Belper River Gardens

Wyver Lane from Belper River Gardens

Belper River Gardens

Mallard in Belper River Gardens

The Mill Weir at Belper River Gardens

Belper Bridge and Bridge Hill

Bridge Foot and Belper Lane

Bridge Hill

Belper Mill

Shire Oaks with Dalley Lane in the valley

Shire Oaks with Dalley Lane in the valley

Shire Oaks with Dalley Lane in the valley

Shire Oaks with Dalley Lane in the valley

Shire Oaks sepia

Shire Oaks

Shire Oaks

Tree above Shire Oaks

Alfie

Dusk from Pinewood road



Fieldfare on next door's apple tree.


Hopefully I'll be back next week.
Cheers

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Cromford Canal & Florence Nightingale

Just the 3 of us again this week, hopefully be up to full strength for next week.
Unfortunately i have been a bit under the weather this week that's why the blog is late.
With the short days and sunrise being at 08:15 ish we normally just do the short distances and visit places close to home.
This week we parked in Lea Bridge and walk part of the way along the Cromford Canal to the Leawood Pump House then onwards and upwards to Lea Hurst the family home of Florence Nightingale. Then downhill back to the car.

This week's route
                                 

Parked up next to the historic John Smedley mill site 
This is what's left of Aqueduct Cottage


Leawood Pump House 

Leawood Pump House 

The Wharf Shed on Cromford Canal

Don't eat them!!!

Foot way through the Aqueduct which is now blocked off. Geoff had been through it many years ago.

The Wigwell aqueduct taking the Cromford Canal over the river Derwent.




Geoff using his stick


The Wigwell aqueduct carrying the Cromford Canal over the Derwent

Another pic of the Aqueduct Cottage


Leawood railway tunnel in the background with the cast iron aqueduct in the foreground.



Gregory tunnel

Crich Memorial Tower off in the distance


Lovely view over the valley (When the sun is out)

The family home of Florence Nightingale


Geoff with his stick

Another fine house from the footpath.
 Only 2 1/2 miles this walk but it gave a nice bit of fresh air and a bit of exercise. A nice pleasant morning out.
See you next week.