Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilee Boat

Narrow Boat Decorated for the Queen's Jubilee
(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 36mm, 1/60s @ f/7.1)
This narrow boat, moored at Froghall Wharf, is decorated for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Cheddleton Station

Class N7 0-6-2T at Cheddleton
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)
I had a turn as Crossing Keeper on the Churnet Valley Railway on Jubilee Saturday. Here we see our new guest locomotive, a class N7 0-6-2T on loan from the East Anglian Railway Museum, complete with Jubilee bunting, taking the visitors up to Cauldon Low.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House
(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 70mm, 1/500s @ f/10)
The photo, taken from near New Piece Wood, shows Chatsworth in all its glory. In Stand Wood above the house to the right is the Hunting Tower, one of two remaining Elizabethan features (the other is "Queen Mary's Bower" near the house). To the left of the photo can be seen the Emperor Fountain. This was built in 1843 for a visit by Tsar Nicholas I of Russia and was, at the time, the greatest gravity fed fountain in the world reaching as high as 300 feet. It is rarely if ever run at full power now but is still an impressive sight for the hour of two it is run every day. By the way, the Tsar never came!

Closer view of the house with the Cascade Fountain behind

The house and the River Derwent