Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx Abbey. What a beautiful place this is.

Jervaulx Abbey
Jervaulx Abbey

We only live around the corner, but having moved back here a year ago, have driven past Jervaulx Abbey and Masham so many times, so glad we popped in today!

With a lovely tea room, a very helpful guide book for £2.50 and at £3 per person to look around the ruins of the Abbey, this is a fantastic venue for the afternoon

Many thanks, I hope you like my snaps, certainly everyone should visit this beautiful Abbey, the wild flowers and gardens are lovely, tranquil and rather more peaceful than other more famous places…..

Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery

Plundered and pillaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the Abbey now stands as an enchanting, charming and atmospheric ruin, allowed to flourish by its private owners with wild flowers and plants freely exploring its many nooks and crannies.

Set in the midst of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Jervaulx Abbey’s dramatic and yet tranquil ambience has won the hearts of many of its visitors. We hope that this website presents a flavour of the Abbey’s special qualities and acts as a source of inspiration for past and future visitors.

Jervaulx Abbey, is open all year round, dawn till dusk and plays host to civil ceremonies, wedding receptions, charity events as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location, and is part of the Turner Trail.

I have put a link to their website here

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Jervaulx Abbey
Jervaulx Abbey

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Chiswick salmon en croute

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Chiswick is not a particularly famous corner of the world; a district of west London, and part of the London Borough of Hounslow[3] it contains Hogarth’s House, the former residence of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth; Chiswick House, a neo-Palladian villa regarded as one of the finest in England; and Fuller’s Brewery, London’s largest and oldest brewery.

But now, it is more famous for Chiswick salmon en croute.

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And this is the man that made it famous…

Here is a man who know's how to entertain Here is a man who cooks a mean salmon en croute
Here is a man who know’s how to entertain
Here is a man who cooks a mean salmon en croute
London W4, Saturday 2nd May 2015
Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f2.0, 1/180 sec, ISO 800

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Historic figures who lived in Chiswick include the poet Alexander Pope, the Italian revolutionary Ugo Foscolo, the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and the novelist E. M. Forsternone of these can hold a candle to our family members, who in their own Gavi-fuelled way have contributed far more to the cultural fabric of the local community.

And here they are…

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Chiswick occupies a meander of the River Thames which is heavily used for competitive and recreational rowing, and Chiswick itself is home to several clubs. The finishing post for the Boat Race is just downstream of Chiswick Bridge.

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I don’t know if salmon swim in these waters, I suspect that is rather unlikely – we are not in the highlands of Scotland here, none the less, Waitrose down the road is stocked with our aquatic friends, and they can be purchased and wrapped in pastry to form the infamous national dish of W4; Chiswick Salmon en Croute.

And the kitchen environment is so important if you are serving up a masterpiece….

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Chiswick has a number of named sublocalities: Bedford Park, Grove Park, the Glebe Estate,Strand-on-the-Green and those with named tube stations Turnham Green, and Gunnersbury.

Other parts of the W4 postcode area, including Chiswick Park tube station, Acton Green, and much of Bedford Park are in theLondon Borough of Ealing.

I hope you found these pictures and reflections on Chiswick to be of some comfort in getting you through a very long election day in the UK!

 

Imperial War Museum, Salford

There is always a lot going on at the Imperial War Museum, Salford, or the IWM North as it is known to its mates.

Since I zoomed in on MediaCityUK in spring of this year, I have come to love the constantly changing waterfront, full of surprises both as somewhere to work and also somewhere to live, when not in Yorkshire.

As a business we had our Christmas party at the IWM North last Christmas, it’s a great venue! Here are some alternative war pictures – make love not war!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empty office, Holbeck

A hedge full of ideas

What is an office without people?   Nothing much.

nothing to see here

I took my camera into the office today thinking I would take a walk around Holbeck Urban Village and capture scenes of industrial regeneration, street art and general trendiness; it never happened.

The city of Leeds
The city of Leeds

 Events overtook me, I got stuck doing some other stuff and, and then it was 6.00pm and the camera had never made it out of the bag.

Plan B, snap your surroundings out of context, the office with no workers.

I will revisit Holbeck at a later date, in the mean-time, here is an office without people.

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MediaCityUK

I need to keep a constant stream of pictures to show many of the things going on, in and around MediaCityUK

so far the summer has brought Dragon boat racing,  various BBC shows and a tour of the Blue Peter Garden.

What next?

A cat wanders in....
A cat wanders in….