Batsford Arboretum and lunch at Stanton


Today we drove to the Batsford Arboretum, we met our friends Tony and June at the cafe. The leaves on the trees were changing colour beautifully.

Here are some of my favourite pictures:


We then moved on to the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton, having lunch at the pub, the mount inn.

Here are some photos:

Absolutely brilliant October day.


Noctilucent Clouds on the solstice

I was awake at about 02:30 and decided to look out and see how dark it really is on the shortest night of the year. I was very pleased to see these clouds which I first of all photographed and took a short video using my mobile phone.
This is the video from the phone:

I soon decided they were not good enough pictures, so I grabbed my Nikon D40X but it wouldn’t take a picture! That was because the SD card was not in the camera, so after rectifying that I took a few more images:

The clouds were due North and the sun was about 12 degrees below the horizon in Astronomical twilight.

To find out more about Noctilucent Clouds see Wikipedia.

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

On 15th May 2018, we drove to the Shropshire hills with two friends, we parked in the car park and after the appropriate hot beverage set off along Carding Mill Valley. We turned off the main route to take in the Lightspout waterfall, climbing up to Mott’s road, where we stopped for a picnic, enjoying the wonderful views.

We then descended following the Burway track back to the car.

Here are some of the photos: