The weather was variable for our visit to Sizergh Castle near Kendal in Cumbria. There was one short heavy shower during which we were able to shelter. The sun shone afterwards, lighting up the tops of trees.
We enjoyed lunch in the café and explored the parts of the gardens, which were open. (To protect the lawns, they are out of bounds in winter. We could see the waterbirds from a distance.) The number of species in flower so early in the year was impressive. The planting is very imaginative. It was the first time we had visited in winter.
We also explored some of the estate, where there are some good viewpoints.
The stump garden
Peeping into the stump garden
Reflections from the other side
A view of the castle
Sunlight on the treetops
On a recent visit to Whitehaven we explored the area around a local landmark. The Candlestick is a reminder of Whitehaven’s coal-mining past. It was built as a ventilation shaft for Wellington pit. The winter sunshine was illuminating it. It was a windy day and the waves were breaking against the harbour wall.
There is a public house named after it in the town. A picture of that appeared on this blog previously.
Watch tower on old quay
Marina and Crow’s nest
On a sunny day at the end of December hubby and I went to Whitehaven to visit the Beacon Museum. We were keen to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which has arrived from the Natural History Museum. It is well worth a visit. We also looked round the Art of Reprocessing exhibition marking the end of reprocessing at the THORP plant. The artworks inspired by this were varied and very good.
It is possible to walk around the harbour crossing a footbridge, which is not available when boats are entering or leaving the harbour. The ground is very uneven in places.
Here are some photos.
Whitey Rock in sunshine
The Crow’s nest
Swans in a row
Crow’s nest and wavy line
From the viewing gallery
Start of the Coast to Coast cycle ride
Swans and gulls