Friday, 31 August 2012

Lyme Park

The House, Lyme Park
(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 17mm, 1/400s @ f/8.0)
Lyme Park, a National Trust property, is the largest house in Cheshire. Those that saw the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice may recognise it as Pemberley, the home of Mr. Darcy. The house is surrounded by attractive and well-maintained gardens and a 1,300 acre Deer Park.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Solomon's Temple

Solomon's Temple, Buxton
(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 22mm,  f/6.3, 3 images HDR tone mapped in Photomatix)
Solomon's Temple (or Grin Low Tower) is located on a hill to the south of Buxton. It isn't really much of a temple being simply a tower, 20 feet tall, with nothing inside but a staircase leading to the viewing platform on top. No altar, no stained glass windows, no virgins being sacrificed (possibly happens after dark!). The weather today wasn't particularly inspiring but at least the rain stayed off while I was there.

The tower was built in 1896 on the instructions of a local publican named Solomon Mycock

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Buxton Billerettes

The Buxton Billerettes at Cheddleton Carnival
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)
Not the run of the mill majorette troupe, the Buxton Billerettes have been providing hilarious entertainment at local carnivals in and around the Peak District for 36 years!

Here's what is says on their website:

"The Billerettes are a majorette troupe with a difference, apart from the occasional girl the rest of the team may dress like girl majorettes, may even look like girl majorettes, but they are most definitely men.
The guys have been proving for years that when it comes to majoretting the guys can show the girls how to give it that special ZING, well at least they hope to bring a smile to the faces of the onlooker and preferably a good old belly laugh."

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Plague Cottages, Eyam

Plague Cottages, Eyam Village
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 16mm, 1/800s @ f/6.3)
Eyam village in the Peak District National Park has an amazing but sad history. In 1665 one of the residents of this row of cottages, George Viccars a tailor, sent for some cloth from London. The cloth arrived somewhat damp and was hung in front of the fire to dry out. The heat activated the fleas carrying the plague virus from London, in the grip of the Bubonic Plague at the time. Within days the man that had sent for the clothes was dead. Over the next days several more succumbed and it became obvious that this wasn't just a normal disease epidemic. The Rector of the village, Rev. William Mompesson, persuaded the villagers to put themselves into a form of quarantine from the surrounding area to avoid the spread of the plague. Over the following months 260 of the 350 residents of the village died from the plague, including Mompesson's wife, Katherine.

Today the village is a thriving and attractive place but its dark history is still remembered.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

British Summer!

(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 22mm, 1/30s @ f/4)
We have just had a violent and torrential thunderstorm. This summer must go down as the worst I can ever remember. At least we got a rainbow at the end of the storm (below)!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Tittesworth Reservoir from The Roaches

Tittesworth Reservoir
(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 40mm, HDR from 3 images)
Another photo from my walk last week. Dreadful weather today so I didn't go out! The bump on the horizon  (near the right hand side) is The Wrekin, about 50 miles away in Shropshire