Monday, 11 August 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
|Parafoil lifter kite briefly in the air|
As an “eye-catcher” Steve, Sue, Wendy and myself put together a wind garden of spinners, wind socks and flags which worked quite well.
|Colourful Spinners made from bottles|
|Spinners and Pinwheels|
The Cherry Festival itself was well attended and had a number of interesting stands and events on top of the KKF Teddy Parachuting; Archery, Classic Cars, a working Blacksmith, various food stands, a Cherry Pie eating contest, Fresh Fruit tasting were just a few.
|A new way of face painting ?|
I could not resist the picture of the Blacksmith hammering away with the Facepainting banner. Towards mid afternoon as the storms approached the wind freshened for a while and Teddy Bear parachuting started to take place, this lasted until worsening weather made having a lifter kite up a little dangerous to health.
Overall though a nice day despite minimal wind. A few other kites were put in the air, sometimes briefly, from a large Rokkaku to a mini dragonfly kite.
|Some Teddy Parachuting|
Friday, 4 April 2014
Chester is a lovely city. Our trip there started with a walk around the City walls, the novelty of this walk is that the majority of it is along the top of the wall giving you excellent views down at the Shropshire Union Canal, the River Dee and the City itself.
Along the walk are a number of
displays explaining a little of the history of Chester including a Roman
Amphitheatre a Roman Bath house and Chester Castle to name a few. The shopping
area is a mix of architecture including Tudor whilst the Cathedrals Romanesque
and Gothic styles contrast nicely.
|River Dee at Chester|
|River Dee at Chester|
|Roman Bathhouse Chester|
|Roman Amphitheatre Chester|
|Chester Race Course - Oh I wish I had my Croquet set with me|
|Tudor Style - Chester|
|Mixed architecture Chester|
On to nature – the River Dee appears to be a healthy river, despite its murky muddy appearance several Herons and Cormorants were fishing its waters below the weir, I managed to get a few nice pictures of this heron who had sited itself in an old Mill race, there was not much in the way of trees round the city so passerines were few, Blackbirds, Robins, Blue Tits and Great Tits being the only sightings.
Those that know me well are probably aware of my antipathy towards Zoos however Chester Zoo is probably the best zoo I have visited in the last 25 years, all the animals have space to move around and there is a high level of care shown towards them. I was impressed with what they have achieved including the breeding programs. If you visit Chester you must give the zoo a look ( http://www.chesterzoo.org/ ). The following is a small selection of the animals and birds I saw.
|Komodo Dragon (from Geneva zoo for breeding)|
|Rhino (part of a successful breeding program)|
|Giant Otters (look at the front paws)|