Friday, 24 July 2015
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
I went to the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, Northumberland, on Sunday. The Museum was hosting an invasion of alien characters from film and tv. I was able to meet up with daleks, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Klingons. Good fun and lots of childhood memories.
Woodhorn is a mining museum so we popped in to look at the history of coal mining in the Northumberland area. Visitors start in the late Victorian period and pass through to the late twentieth century when the mining industry had closed down. Quite a useful place to visit for those interested in social history.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Friday, 17 July 2015
Thursday, 16 July 2015
More video catch up. I filmed this a few weeks ago on a visit to Beamish in Co Durham. It is the Georgian area of the museum and includes the steam railway with a replica of the Rocket, Pockerley Manor and farm and the unfinished St Helen's church.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Thursday, 9 July 2015
I filmed this back in March 2015 but have only got round to editing the video now. The Britannia Adelphi Hotel is next to Liverpool Lime Street Station, a useful location as I was travelling by train. The hotel was fine for the weekend though it is a bit jaded. Comfortable though as you will see the room was a bit crowded.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Crystal Palace Station is my local station in London and it now has a roof over platforms 3 - 6. I'm not entirely sure the millions spent on it to keep a bit of rain off you are worth it but the deed is done and the roof is in place. No excuse for getting wet whilst waiting for the train.
Lunch on Monday was at The Crystal Palace Market on Church Road in the Triangle. Previously an establishment serving up cheap noodles, now it's a fish restaurant with the emphasis on "not cheap"! Excellent quality food. I'm very pleased we gave it a go.
I especially recommend the fish burger.
Dinner on Saturday evening was at the Neo Indian in the Triangle at Crystal Palace. I was a bit disappointed. The staff were rushed and I found one of my dishes was a touch undercooked. I'm not recommending people stay away. I think they just needed more staff on that evening.
This was a pleasant "artisan" market near the riverside at Richmond which we stumbled upon on Sunday. The photos give a flavour of the market. As a honey, preserves and dairy producer myself, I found some of the stalls to be of particular interest.
I went to London on Saturday, returning home yesterday, Tuesday. On Sunday we decided to pay a visit to Richmond on Thames and took a very pleasant walk along the riverbank in the sun. The last time I was anywhere near here was over 20 years ago when researching my PhD. I went to the Public Records Office at Kew. At some point I will return to Kew to go to Kew Gardens.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Virgin Rail has recently taken over the franchise of the East Coast and I've now had my first journey with them. Not a great deal to report. The trains were the same though the loco was rebranded with the Virgin logo and colours. Generally, all went well. The delay on the way to London was the result of a trespass on the line, hardly Virgin's fault. Return journey went like clockwork. The significant difference seems to be an absence of train guards.
The only fault I can find is that the food from the buffet car was astronomically expensive. The following tea and bag of crisps cost £2.95!