For the time of year, I don’t think it can get much more English than this. At least, that was how I felt as I saw this vista in South Derbyshire, yesterday. I always get very thoughtful when I find scenes like this one; I think of so many young men from towns and villages, marching away to war, many of them never to return. Does anyone else feel this way?It's kind to share!
Back to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway again this week, for the Diesel weekend! Here, the Class 31 31206 prepares to ‘run round’ the train to be coupled to the other end, ready for the return journey from Duffield to Wirksworth.It's kind to share!
I found this extremely rare Lea Francis P-type tourer yesterday (Saturday) at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway’s classic vehicle weekend. Only 1,093 P-types were built, and only 97 remain in roadworthy condition! This one has not been ‘restored’ but simply maintained in good condition – I think it is all the better for that. In the vintage and classic vehicle fraternity, vehicles like this are termed ‘oily rags’!It's kind to share!
Yesterday, I noticed these cormorant at Carsington Water, Derbyshire. However, it was only when checking this picture today that I realised that on the right of the group, one bird appears to be sitting on a nest!It's kind to share!
Today’s photo is once again from the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. The loco you see here has just hauled a train from Duffield to Wirksworth; not only does she need to be replenished with coal, but also with water, which is happening here. Standing still, the boiler pressure climbs quickly, even with the firebox draught cut back, so here, a spectacular blow-off of steam was imminent!It's kind to share!
Yesterday evening, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway ran a special service – a steam-hauled trip from Wirksworth to Duffield and back, with a jazz trio on board, and the newly-restored bar coach fully operational! Here, the Henry Ellison prepares to pull the train back to Wirksworth. I always find there’s something rather charismatic about trains at dusk, especially when there’s a steam loco involved!It's kind to share!
And so, to bluebell time; I didn’t have to look very far today, for a sight like this, in a country lane. What I love, though, is the opportunity to appreciate flowers in the wild, all mixed up, so to speak, the apparent randomness giving an extra beauty. That’s not to say that I don’t like formal gardens sometimes, but rather that the contrast is refreshing!It's kind to share!
Yesterday was, for me, the day of the teddy-bear. This has nothing to do with soft toys, or Chinese New Year, or anything like that. Let me explain:
‘Double heading’, where two locomotives pull the same train, isn’t uncommon. What is uncommon, here, is the almost laughable difference between the two locos. The rear one is powerful but nothing very unusual, but I’d never seen anything like the front one before. You’ll notice how much like a small steam loco it looks! Their diesel engine growl earned these small locos the name ‘teddy bears’. The idea was that they would replace many ageing saddle tank steamers, enabling branch lines to continue to operate.
A certain Mr B. had other ideas. Don’t get me started…
I’m just taking a few moments to post this photo, taken only today. What impressed me as I ventured out just a short way was the amazing sunlight. Although this picture isn’t particularly to do with Christmas, it did remind me of what the real message is about – the light of the world.It's kind to share!
I found this scene just today, while travelling through a nearby area of this amazing county. I noticed evidence of recent high winds, and so I don’t expect we shall have scenes like this one for much longer, but it did seem to typify something which is so special about England. And, of course, that cloudy sky was changing by the minute, as England’s sky always does.It's kind to share!