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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween reflections












Seen in the window of the Cafe Royal, Piccadilly, London this week.
A Halloween tea party

















Keeping an eye on you from Carnaby Street




Halloween chocolates.

UK landscapes

If you enjoy landscape photography(especially of the UK), then  take a look at the photos on this website

http://www.andyholmes-photo.co.uk/


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

York Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York displays over 100 locomotives.


This is the Gladston. Built in 1882 it went into service in Brighton until 1883 and was finally withdrawn from service in 1926 after travelling 1,346,,918 miles. It was restored in 1977 to its original colours  and was decorated with the London Brighton and South Coast Railway Royal train headboard.




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This carriage was used by Queen Adelaide, an aunt of Queen Victoria, in the 1840s. She was one of the first royals to travel by train, The carriage was designed for her and had extra room at one end so that she could lie down. No other special arrangements were made and the carriage was attached to an ordinary passenger train.












This was Queen Victoria's carriage and was used for her journeys from London to Scotland.













King Edward VII's coach with bathroom and smoking room.





This is the inside of one of the post trains where the post was sorted as it travelled overnight to its destination.















A replica of Stephenson's Rocket














The Mallard - On 3rd July 1938 it achieved a speed of 138 mph., the fastest speed ever achieved by a steam engine.














Sunday, 26 October 2014

York

Last weekend I travelled by train to the city of York with friends, M, C and L. We all met in 2009 whilst on holiday in Peru and have remained firm friends. Each year we try and go away together usually abroad but this year we decided on a UK city break to York.

We started our visit by walking around the city walls. At about 2 miles they are the longest medieval town walls in England. Beneath the medieval stonework there are the remains dating back nearly 2000 years to the Roman era.



As you walk around the walls you get some wonderful views of York Minster.








Lendal Bridge over the River Ouse.


 The river has flooded many times and in the King's Arms pub on the riverside they have a marker on the wall showing the heights the River reached.














There are some very interesting and strange street names in York. This name comes from the Roman 'old werk' meaning a fortified place.










But this is definitely my favourite.



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