Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018
Showing posts with label Dunham Massey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dunham Massey. Show all posts

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Friday 20 March 2020 - A Walk to Dunham Massey

 
There's not much text here, so feel free to click on a photo and scroll through the short slideshow.
 
On a lovely sunny (but cool) Friday afternoon, Sue and I escaped from 'C' word despondency for a walk to Dunham Massey and back, from home in Timperley.
 
Martha passed us on her bike, on the way to Lymm and perhaps beyond. It was good to have a brief chat with her.
 
Beyond the Bay Malton, a small dog secured to a blue barge admired our freedom to use the towpath.
 
 
The light was lovely today. Very clear air; very few aircraft; good views to the Peak District, to Winter Hill and to the windfarms of the South Pennines.
 
 
The hawthorn leaves are bursting forth.
 
 
This field by the exit to the towpath, is still thoroughly waterlogged.
 

The National Trust's grounds at Dunham Massey are open to everyone, and family groups were enjoying picnics in the sunshine.
 
 
 
It was busy, but not crowded, with lots of people taking advantage of the fresh air but keeping to themselves. The café was shut.
 
 
This is a location where I'll be taking many pictures over the coming months (if allowed). You'll notice how the scene changes over the year when I put them all together in a few months' time.
 
 
A sign of the times - posted at all entrances to the park.
 
 
Beyond the confines of the park, and before reaching the golf course, there were expansive views over the fields to Winter Hill, standing clearly on the horizon.
 
 
There were lots of golfers out on this Friday afternoon. We joked with one whose shot just missed us.
 
A pigeon near the centre of Altrincham wasn't so lucky, as a sparrowhawk swooped for its lunch of pigeon breast.
 
After passing St Margaret's, where Sue goes bellringing (the future of that must be in doubt), we headed through Altrincham and Navigation Road to conclude our 12 km stroll in a little over two hours. This was the longest outing to date for my new Scarpa Delta GTX boots; a small ankle rub has now gone, so after about 25 km of use they can be regarded as 'broken in'. I hope they are as good as the previous pair, that are still fully waterproof after over 2500 km of hard use.
 
 
All in all, a very pleasant interlude away from (mainly) ongoing depressing news.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Saturday 28 December 2019 - Christmas at Dunham Massey, plus bits

 
We went last year. .
 
This year J and J came to stay again, enjoying making shortbread before darkness fell and we toddled off to Dunham on a fine, warm evening. Where we were encouraged to ...
 

To reach the Winter Gardens, the hall, illuminated with an advent calendar projection, was passed.
 
 
Beyond the Lily of the Valley, the Dunham Deer presented a posing opportunity
 
 
 
 
Illuminated Flowers, Cyclamens, the Heart Walk, and a Neon Door, were all encountered.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Firework Trees were hard to capture on film without a sound channel.
 
 
The Sea of Light was followed by some stalls selling crepes.
 
 
 
The Laser Garden was also hard to photograph. I did my best, and J and J had lots of fun here.
 
 
 
After an interlude during which we toasted giant marshmallows, the Vortex Tunnels led to 'Fire on Water', involving projections onto the back of the hall.
 
Christmas music continued throughout the 'tour', the music being coordinated with the lighting to trigger the constant changes of colours.
 
 
Father Christmas and his Elves were there. It looked hard work, you could almost feel the sub text in their voices … "only two more days of this!"
 

The final thrill was the Cathedral of Light.
 
 
 
 
Until, that is, the Fairground Rides. Here, Jacob tried hard to get the swing to loop the loop. I used the following picture rather than the one in which he had virtually disappeared out of the top of the frame.
 
 
Whilst Jacob had fun on the Helter Skelter, Jess enjoyed a more sedate fairground ride.
 
 
Then we had giant burgers and hot dogs, and went home satisfied. Thanks, Dunham Massey, that was a well organised and happy event. As last year, it took about an hour to go round.
 
After a good night's sleep, the children were enticed away from their iPads to Walton Park, for train rides and a marathon frisbee session during which Jacob only managed to get the frisbee caught in a tree once. Is that a record!
 
 
To complete this miscellany, here's Jess with Rocko on Boxing Day at Grandma Whoosh's house, during one of a number of family gatherings, all of which were most pleasurable.
 
 

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Introducing 'Rocko'

 
Yesterday's forecast of heavy rain was 100% wrong. Today's forecast of a dry day was 100% wrong. Why do we bother looking at weather forecasts?!
 
After a 'just about dry' , Sue went bellringing and I jogged off in increasingly damp weather, to meet Kate and Co at Dunham Massey.
 
The autumn colours beside the canal in Altrincham, where lots of rowers were going through their paces, were pleasant enough, especially as they were accompanied by the dulcet tones of the bells of St Margaret's.
 
 
Towards Dunham the gloomy vista was enlightened by the surprising sight of two ladies on surf boards!
 
 
 
Kate and Co duly turned up, and the new member of the family, 13 week old 'Rocko', a Cocker Spaniel, went for his first 'big walk' - all of 2.5 km in the rain!
 
 
A deer was encountered. It must be used to dogs. Oscar and Rocko didn't quite know what to make of it.
 
 
 
Oscar is supposed to be reaching Rocko how to behave, which seems a little odd to me, as Oscar has not yet learnt (after about nine years), how to behave himself!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Tuesday 19 November 2019 - Frost at Dunham Massey

 
Sunrise in Timperley, from the warmth of our kitchen, was a wintry vision.
 
Sue went to work, but Julia and I ventured out into the cool air, choosing the short drive to Dunham Massey, where a thin mist drifted over the lake.
 
 
Bridget and a colleague strolled past, in search of 'takings'.
 
There was much activity around the hall, and in the winter garden, as hordes of folk endeavoured to set up the light show that will open later this week and last until the end of December. Something to look forward to...
 
 
Gunshots confirmed that we should limit our range today to the prescribed paths.
 
 
These deer would have been wiser to stay our side of the signs.
 
 
They had left their purpose built shelter in favour of the dangers of the park.
 
 
Autumn seems to be turning to winter.
 
 
 
 
The Smithy Drive, above, has lost its leaves since 11 October, below.
 
 
Bridget and colleague zoomed past in an electric buggy.
 
Finally, a panoramic view as we returned to the house and car park after our 45 minute stroll.
 
 
Click on any image and you should get a better resolution image and access to a slideshow.
 
We met Bridget for a third time by the Visitor Centre. Usually elusive, she seemed to be everywhere this morning!

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