Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Antiques Road Trip at Sedbergh

We encountered a film unit working in Sedbergh, barging into an antiques shop as filming was taking place. We beat a hasty retreat and found a comfy seat from which to observe the proceedings. I assume that they were working on the next edition of "Antiques Road Trip" with Philip Serrell and Catherine Southon involved in a head to head contest.

Philip being directed to enter the next shop and retrieve Catherine

Catherine and Philip in the rather nice old Triumph Herald.

It does actually move and they did drive away in it!

Friday, 17 June 2011

First Coal Trains on the Weardale Railway

The privately owned Weardale Railway, running from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland, hopes to begin to ship coal from its Wolsingham depot. Two test trains were run this week to establish the practicality of the idea. The coal is to come from an open cast site near to Tow Law.

The test train passing over Etherley viaduct on its way to, I believe, Scunthorpe.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Cleaning windows hanging on a rope!

That's the way they do it at the Sage concert hall in Gateshead. It is a complicated shape and I guess that other solutions would not be viable. I trust that they are well paid!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Cragside Rothbury

Cragside, Lord Armstrong's estate in Rothbury, Northumberland, is my favourite National Trust property. There is so much of interest while the location is superb. Perhaps the best time to visit is in late May or early June when the thousands of rhododendrons and azaleas are in flower, but the unique combination of architecture, interior decoration, gardens, moorland walks and engineering interest is fascinating throughout the year.

Paul Martin of "Flog It" fame was to be seen making a programme about historic houses I think, and he is stood on the little bridge at the bottom of the picture. There is a bloke holding a microphone standing below.

The garden shed.

Owl sculpture by tree sculptor and artist Tommy Craggs.

Glass panels designed by William Morris.

And now for something completely different. The buckets of a Pelton wheel water turbine. Cragside was the first house to be supplied by electricity generated using hydro power.