Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.

Chad Sugg

Winter Sleep

5 Comments CherryPie on Sep 15th 2019

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

Richard Bach


13 Comments CherryPie on Sep 8th 2019

Fiddleford Manor House

This fine 14th-century manor house on the banks of the river Stour has changed much over the centuries, but may of its medieval features survive.

Believed to be the site of a mill in the Domesday Book (1086), the land at Fiddleford was owned by the abbots of Glastonbury during the Middle Ages. In the 14th century a manor house was built her, most likelyby William Latimer, sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. In  the 16th century Fiddleford manor passed to a Catholic merchant from Poole, Thomas White. Around the end of the 17th century it belonged to the Freke family, whose descendant, the Pitt-Rivers family, own it today.

The medieval manor included gardens, orchards, a dovecote and a watermill, as well as over a hundred acres of meadow and pasture. *

Fiddleford Manor House

Fiddleford Manor House

Fiddleford Manor House

Fiddleford Manor House

Fiddleford Manor House

Fiddleford Manor House

*From an information board next to the manor

12 Comments CherryPie on Sep 8th 2019

Warhorse to Horsepower

Warhorse to Horsepower examines how the British Army became increasingly mechanical during the First World War and how cavalry units eventually gave up their horses for tanks during the 1920s and 30s.

In pre-1914 Britain, society was already replacing horse with petrol driven vehicles and some life-size talking horses in the exhibition tell you their stories of this time and their later experiences in the war. Text panels and set-piece scenes provide information on how horses were fed and cared for and the close relationships that developed between soldiers and their horses.

It is often said that tanks replaced horses in the First World War, but they both had important roles and were on the same team. On the Western Front the horse may have struggled in its traditional role as fighting cavalry but the horse in general excelled as a beast of burden – keeping the modern army supplied with food and weapons in the front line.*

Warhorse to Horsepower

Warhorse to Horsepower

Warhorse to Horsepower

Warhorse to Horsepower

In 1928 the 11th Hussars and the 12th Lancers transferred to Armoured Car Companies, making them the first Cavalry Regiments in the British Army to be mechanised. With budget constraints and some continuing opposition to change, it took another decade for the remaining Cavalry Regiments to give up their horses for armoured vehicles. Eventually, by 1939, The Royal Armoured Corps was formed, taking under its banner the Royal Tank Regiment and 18 out of 20 Cavalry Regiments.

Warhorse to Horsepower

*From The Tank Story – guidebook of The Tank Museum

16 Comments CherryPie on Sep 3rd 2019

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Hints of Autumn

12 Comments CherryPie on Sep 2nd 2019

Waiting for the Bride

On bank holiday Sunday I attended attended a family wedding, this led to us staying in Cheltenham for a couple of nights due to this being the area where the wedding took place.

Wishing Fish Clock

The Hare and Minotaur

During my stay I was able to do some urban walking around Cheltenham.

Hotel corridor

In addition to the urban walking the hotel corridors from the bedroom to the hotel reception and breakfast room (and back) also racked up some miles.

Westonbury Water Mill Gardens

On our journey home we stopped off at Westonbury Mill Water Gardens where we enjoyed a pleasant lunch followed by a walk around the gardens.

Westonbury Water Mill Gardens

Westonbury Water Mill Gardens

Me in the Gardens

18 Comments CherryPie on Aug 28th 2019

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


10 Comments CherryPie on Aug 25th 2019

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