Earlier this month a steam train was scheduled to take an excursion from Saphos trains along the Cumbria Coastal Railway. The best local place for photography is probably the station as all trains stop there if only briefly. However it can be very busy and everyone wants a good spot, so I decided to snap it on its way into the station.
As I arrived at my vantage point with a view of a fairly long stretch of the line, I disturbed a rabbit and a heron. Both creatures were far quicker than the time taken to switch on my camera and point it in the right direction!
The track slopes down to the station so that trains can coast along at a reasonable speed. No puffs of smoke as there are beyond the station when it sets off again. The diesel engine in case of need had the name Roger Hosking MA, although it is not legible on my photos.
In September we went for a walk from the National Trust car park at Sizergh Castle. To begin we went to the bird watching area, where my gravatar image originated. The wooden owl is still there, but more weathered. We then followed the path to Sizergh Fell and did a circular walk, which ended up on the same path as on our previous visit. The weather was overcast with a shower during which we sheltered in the porch of Helsington church . There were views in various directions.
View betwen trees
The Lyth Valley
Speckled wood buterfly
We were fortunate to see a nuthatch just before we drove off.
We broke our journey home at Wallington, where it was a National Heritage Open Day. When we arrived the person checking membership cards said, “You can come again.”
I replied, “We have; we were here on Saturday!”
As the house did not open until noon we went to the wildlife hide and spent some time watching the birds.
The area around the hide was well-stocked with bird-food, attracting lots of birds. Unfortunately my phone was not ideal for this sort of photography, so I have only one picture to share. (I have also mentioned our bird-watching experience in a post on Sue’s Trifles.)
I took a few pictures in the house, which is a fascinating building containing many interesting items. The ones which caught my eye were of flowers and owls as I have friends, who are also interested in these.
We had time for another walk in the grounds after looking round the house. There is plenty to do both at Wallington and Cragside for many visits.