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On the turn

9 Sep

So to the Westwood where there was still plenty of greenery about but quite few trees giving up on the year and getting ready for an exceptionally early Autumn.
Of course I had to say Hi to that old chestnut that I always photograph whenever I come up here. There’s still a bit of a problem with parked cars but not as bad as it was.
There were dozens of these Red Admirals, it’s been a really good year for them from what I’ve seen. Also dozens of dragon flies which wouldn’t sit still so could not be photographed.
And finally the mortal remains of that old lime tree which was hanging on to life by a thread last time I was here. I like the way it’s been chopped up and left to rot away, no tidying up in these parts.
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North Bar, Beverley

8 Sep

I posted about this remnant of Beverley’s town walls so many years ago there’s no harm in going back again. Back then I told the history of the North Bar but what I didn’t mention and what few these days might credit is that the local bus company had special buses made with a sloped roof designed to pass under the Bar. Nowadays a single decker passes through with no bother but forty five or more years ago it was a much tighter squeeze. And yes I do remember seeing these buses when I was so much younger than today.

Photo ‘borrowed’ from here.

Media morte in vita sumus

11 Jun

This old tree, I think it’s a lime tree, is huge, not tall particularly but wide; some of its branches must be forty or fifty foot long. And by all that is right and proper it should be dead. Quite apart from this massive gash where a branch has fallen off, three quarters of its branches  are clearly dead and bare. The saprophytic fungi have moved in already. And yet … and yet there are still leaves sprouting from  a few branches. Clearly not going to gentle into that goodnight.
The weekend in black and white is here.

Hazy with buttercups

10 Jun

I made a brief sojourn to Beverley Westwood on a hazy June day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many buttercups. The cattle that roam about this place must have read that buttercups are poisonous and are carefully avoiding them …

A little rustic diversion

21 Nov

These old straw bales lie, or rather, lay since this was taken yonks ago, somewhere alongside the bridle path between Cottingham and Beverley.

The weekend in black and white is here.

A little late colour

5 Nov

And while I was on the Westwood I thought I may as well take some more Autumnal pictures. This Autumn has been a particularly colourful one in these parts with many trees holding their leaves still in the first week of November. I suspect that after the unsettled weather forecast for later today though most will be stripped. It’s going to be a very soggy Bonfire Night.

I’m experimenting with slightly larger images, don’t know if I like them.

Persistent parking problem

4 Nov

So, back to see that old tree again and, well, as you can see the roadside is still one big car park. These are not day-trippers enjoying the scenery or taking the dog for a walk but long-stay people working in town or on the redevelopment of the Westwood Hospital nearby. The problem is Beverley either lacks sufficient parking spaces or is charging too much (is £5.40 for all day too much? I don’t know; I don’t drive) and there is no such thing as a Park and Ride scheme (a what now?). So increasing numbers choose to leave their motors on the common for nowt causing damage to the verges and generally making place looking a lot like a car park. Well all that is about to change as the Pasture Masters, who run the Westwood (it’s an ancient throwback thing), are putting up signs and expect the police to enforce parking restrictions. Now Humberside Police has recently been branded “inadequate” and as “failing to provide a quality service to the public” I wouldn’t expect too much from them, but it’s good to live in hope. If this doesn’t work they could always try charging (£10 per day obviously); on the ‘if you can beat them, join them’ principle