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Vacations past

The topic for Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is vacation memories.

Although each weekend we vist the caravan this does not always feel like it is a holiday but since being with Mr H we hhave been on some lovely holidays especially in the Lake District but this week I was reminded that our first holiday together was in the Isle of Man Below are some of the photographs from that holiday.

We have recently also had some great camping holidays one to Hawkshead in the Lake District and one in Kirkby Stephen. Below are some of the photographs from them.

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Cee’s fun foto challenge this week is trains, here is my selection of photographs for this week.

The selection below was from a recent train journey.

This selection is not so much a train but an old train track now made into a walking and cycle path but you can still see the old tunnels for the trains and imagine the trains travel down the track.

This next selection were taken on last years camping trip in Kirkby Stephen at an old railway station run by volunteers and I couldn’t resist the photograph of the station cat sitting in the bench at the station.

The next selection of photographs were taken at the National railway museum in York while on a short break there.

This next one isn’t a real train but I really couldn’t leave it out. I cross-stitched this for a child on love quilts UK.

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Goodbye 2019…

As the end of 2019 draws ever closer it is time to look back on the year we have just had and in particular the 5 and a little months that I have been blogging. I am mainly going to do this through photographs for the Lens Artist Challenge #77 which is favourite photos of 2019. It is lovely looking back to see the fun and adventures that we have had.

In January Mr H and I visited Liverpool Cathedral while waiting for Mr Hs car to have its MOT at the Cathedral was the knife angel, this has to be my favourite photograph in January.

Knife angel

My next favourite photograph is from February is Charlie dog saying hello to some of the ducks in Botanic park in Churchtown. He just loves to walk through the aviary.

Aviary in Botantic Park

March’s photograph was from a trip to Hesketh Park I always love these steps.

My photograph for April is of Franks Bridge in Kirby Stephen. This was taken before meeting up with Mr Hs family.

Franks Bridge

My photograph for May is Mr H and Charlie dog when we visited RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh to take Charlie on a walk and see what wildlife we could see.

RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh

My photograph for June is a moorhen and chicks seen from our caravan window on a wet June day but they seemed to be happy.

Moorhen and chicks

In July we went on a guided walk on Ainsdale beach to the Star of Hope shipwreck this was a fascinating day and Mr H and I learnt a great deal of information from the guide who was extremely knowledgable. We saw the remnants of two shipwrecks and plenty of jellyfish.

Star of hope

When August arrived it was time for our only camping trip of the year. I love this picture as every time I left my sleeping bag Charlie dog decided it was his bed.

Charlie in our tent

September brought us heritage days and although we didn’t do a lot of them this was one of my favourites. The reopening of the Mansion house in Calderstones Park in Liverpool and the relocation of the Calder stones that gave the park and an area in Liverpool its name.

Calder Stones shown prominently in their new home.

In October we went to Martin Mere just outside Burscough it had been a long time since I visited last and it was Mr Hs first time visiting. I love the unusual look of the Muscovy duck pictured below and it was the first time I had ever seen one of them.

Muscovy duck

November brought this fabulous sunset over the caravan. I couldn’t leave it out of my favourites.


December brought lights and these are my favourites. It is a fabulous light show all done to music. This was our second year visiting them and can’t wait for next years.

Light show

My look back on a fabulous 2019 and here’s hoping that 2020 brings even more adventures.

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October Photo a day – Panoramic

For today’s photo a day for City Sonnets monthly challenge I have been able to look back at my old photographs to find a panorama photograph.

When I found this one it was taken on a recent day trip to Kirkby Stephen. After a day with Mr H’s family, we started the journey back home. On our way home we all meet up for a coffee at Killington Lake service station on the M6. It was such a peaceful day and when I saw Killington Reservoir it was so flat that it was an ideal opportunity to take a photograph so I decided to take the picture with panoramic function on my phone.

There are so many times that I really love the effect of a panoramic photograph.

Reviews - Places to stay

Reviews – Campsites

Pennine View Park

Address – Station Road, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4SZ

Date of stay – 6th – 9th August 2019

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This is a fantastic site with great facilities. During the time that we stayed at the site it was very quiet, we had a corner plot which was extremely peaceful. The toilet and showers block was immaculate with great washing facilities including a washing machine, dryer and ironing facilities and outdoor washing lines if you prefer to outdoor dry. Throughout the site there were plenty of drinking and waste water taps. The children’s play area was fabulous and it always seemed quite busy.

The reception area had a corner with essentials that could be bought if required. Also Wi-Fi was available across most of the site.

When looking for things to do while staying there are plenty of local walks including the poetry walk and Podgill Viaduct walk. The site is also an ideal stop off if doing the coast to coast walk. The site is just on the edge of Kirkby Stephen where there are plenty of local shops and places for food and drink. Just across the road from the site is the Stainmore Railway.

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🏕 Camping time 🏕

Day 1 – Arrival

It rained from the moment we started our journey (which was ok while we were in the car). We stopped at the service station as the rain seemed to have eased and we thought it would be ideal for Charlie to stretch his little legs. This was a bad idea as no sooner did we get out of the car the heavens opened and we had torrential rain. We all ended up drenched just getting back to the car to carry on the journey.

We have arrived at the campsite.

When we arrived at Pennine View in Kirkby Stephen the rain was horrendous so we put off starting to put the tent up at first until we realised it was inevitable that this was going to be on for the day. So I have very few photos of our arrival other than one of Charlie dog waiting in the car for the tent to go up.

Charlie resting waiting for the tent

And this one of the caravan pitched once there was a break in the rain.

Finally up and the rain has stopped for a little bit

Day 2

The weather on day 2 was so much better. We went for a walk to podgill viaduct. It was a slow walk as Charlie only has small legs so he needs to rest much more frequently than we do.

Charlie walking along the railway line.

The walk is along a disused railway line so it was flat once we had gone down the ramp to get to the line.

The Poetry Path

While we walked along the path that had once been the track there are some poems carved on large stones below are three of the ones that we saw.

Podgill viaduct

The viaduct was built from local limestone and has eleven arches. It has a total length of 466 feet and was originally 12 feet wide to fit a single railway track. In 1889 North Eastern Railway authorised the widening of the viaduct. It was acquired by the Northern ViaductTrust from the British Rail Property Board in 2000.

After returning to the main road we carried on our walk into Nateby, just in Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Once in Nateby we recharged our batteries at the Black Bull with a rest, a drink and a chocolate bar.

While resting outside it give me a chance to get my camera out and take some photos.

Then the evening was spent relaxing just out of the sun doing some of my cross stitch.

Day 3

The weather on day 3 also started out really well and the plan was to visit the Stainmore Railway Company which was just over the road from the campsite and then go into Kirkby Stephen itself to have a walk around the shops and have lunch.

Stainmore Railway Company

This is a volunteer run heritage railway at the Kirkby Stephen East Station. Charlie saw the station cat whose name is Quaker

Here are some of the other photographs taken at the station.

Once we had been to the station we went into the centre of Kirkby Stephen to have a little walk around the shops and have some lunch.

When we got back to the tent we had a little bit of relaxation time and managed to get some sewing done. Then as we had seen the weather was going to be bad it was time to put the porch away so there was less to do. Then during the evening I managed to get some pictures of one of the rabbits that where on the site that was sat right outside the caravan.

Day 4

Well the wind and rain were terrible during the night and today is the day that we need to pack up and leave. While the weather was still awful with the rain we packed as much as we could inside the tent and got it ready to go in the car when there was a break in rain showers. Car was eventually packed and we didnt get to wet so that was a bonus.