1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Dull Day

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Sunday, 1 July 2012

A Dull Day

By that I don't mean that the company was dull: far from it.  In fact CJ and I had an excellent few hours in the morning having coffee and doing the crossword at Brimstage Hall and Craft Village and mooching round a garden centre.  Driving between the two we stopped at the small village of Thornton Hough and at Raby to photograph some of the buildings.  The weather was dull but I'm hoping that you will enjoy the photos anyway.  I shall definitely return one day to take some more photos.  Perhaps I'll even compare them with some of my old photos if I can finds them.  The buildings may not have changed but the cars will have!










The Wheatsheaf Inn at Raby
The last photo brings back lots of pleasant memories from when I was 18+ and often met friends here for the occasional libation.  There were wonderful coal fires in the winter and the beer garden in the summer.  

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos, GB. You should go to work for the Chamber of Commerce -- your photos certainly make me want to pay a visit! The one of the bright green lawn is enough to make one wish for sun glasses even if the day is cloudy. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Carol. Oddly the lawn really was that sort of green. I know this will sound odd but although it was overcast and therefore dull it was also quite bright at the same time. Thornton Hough was a place I used to visit as a child and it has a special place in my heart.

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  2. I'm with CC. These are wonderful. You know, I often feel like no one wants or desires to see my area because it's so familiar to me and it looks most like many of the surrounding areas. Do you ever feel that way in your travels, GB? I certainly hope not, because to those of us in the U.S. who see the same old same old all of the time - your views are highly refreshing to us!!

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    1. I always want to see your area because it is a part of the Us I've never visited and am unlikely to visit so I enjoy it through your lens. I always find that looking at places through the eyes of people I know is much more enjoyable and much more believable than watching a film on television for example.

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  3. These are very nice pictures. They are so different from pictures of down south. Are any of the buildings part of an estate - I mean one of the old fashioned sorts, that belonged to a lord of the manor, or built by a philanthropist, etc?

    Glad you and CJ are having a nice time.

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  4. Love all the flowers and gardens around the buildings. I guess because I've only seen these types of buildings in movies, I start thinking of stories to go with the photos.
    How wonderful for you to be doing crosswords with your brother this morning!

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    1. I'm sure that there are plenty of real stories to go with these properties, Lisa. And, yes, CJ and I will be doing our daily crosswords now until he eventually returns home. It's part of our routine.

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  5. Wonderful wander for we who must view from afar. Crosswords and coffee... now that is my cup of tea!

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    1. Thanks four visiting and for the comment Ray. I've had a look at your blog and shall be returning because I enjoy your sense of humour.

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  6. What a charming place! I guess some of the buildings are not as old as they were made to look, but some definitely are.
    Reg. your reply to Canadian Chickadee's comment about the dull and overcast and yet bright day at the same time, I know this kind of light. It is odd how there can sometimes on such a day be more "glare" with putting more strain on my eyes than on a properly sunny day. I guess the explanation has something to do with light refraction through the pearly grey humid clouds.

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    1. Yes, Meike, your assessment of the buildings is correct. As for the light I suspect that you are correct there too although it's a subject about which I know little.

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  7. What a strange sign - 'Breakfast available on request'. Presumably, that is in contrast to the meals they force-feed their customers. Nice looking place. It couldn't be anywhere but England, could it?

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    1. Until you pointed it out I hadn't thought about the sign but CJ, Jo and II had a good laugh at your comment this morning. No, to couldn't be anywhere but England. The English were curiously good at that.

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  8. The sky may have been dull but your photos certainly aren't! I know what you mean about the light too, I do actually sometimes need my sunglasses in such light. The buildings are charming. These pictures make me long to roam around Britain again - until I recall how easily exhausted I am by actual travelling nowadays. So nice to be able to see it through your eyes though!

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    1. Thanks Monica. It's a shame you can't visit again. But who knows.....?

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  9. What a wonderful place for a pair of photographers to visit. It is so English it must be popular with tourists surely? I know I'd be all agog looking at those buildings.

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    1. I honestly don't know Pauline. It's just part of that with which I grew up so I don't think about it. It's not part of a tourist trail I don't think.

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