From train windows

Happy New Year!

Travelling to and from Manchester last month I took some photos from train windows. The weather on the outward journey was dull, but I noticed a train stripped of the livery of the former operator. It is centre left in the collage.

The weather for the journey home was very sunny. In fact it was almost too bright to look out on one side of the train due to the reflection of the sun on the sea. The centre right picture is of the station at Grange-over-Sands, where the wall on the seaward side allows a view of the sea. In this case it was just bright light. I took its reflection – the arched shapes on the centre right photo.

From train windows

The other photos are all through the windows on the Cumbrian Coastal Line. I hope that even with the reflections, the movement and the grime that these give an impression of the beauty of the area. (Interestingly it is in the news that the operator of services on this route could be stripped of the franchise.)

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Sizergh Castle in February

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.