Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Bressingham Steam and Gardens - Part 1 Gardens

Firstly I have to apologise for the length of this blog, we have visited lots of gardens, but I don't think we have visited one that is so large and so well kept, especially with the wet warm spring and early summer we have had so everything has been growing so quickly.  Secondly the way the garden has essentially been planted with evergreens with just a splattering of flowers, but provides so much colour and interest.

The beautifully veined Brunnera Jack Frost an ornamental shrub which has small bright blue flowers in spring.

It is amazing how much structure and interest can be generated from mostly evergreen shrubs and trees.

We found a bench under a shady tree to have our picnic....

and this was our view.

This is a Red Hot Poker but I am not sure of the variety as it is orange/yellow in colour.

A Day Lily with its distinctive upturned stamen.  The petals of this flower remind me of a daffodil.

I have not seen many white Peony before, this one is stunning, with its yellow stamen and pinkish tinge to the flower buds when they first open.

This bush has really unusual, down-turned flower petals.

I think this is a Rhododendron, again I have never seen one before with yellow flowers.

Now this is a Rhododendron colour that I recognise, it it so vivid.

Eve though a lot of the Rhododendrons had dead or dying flower on them they still looked interesting.

This Oxalis articulata is better know to most as Star of Bethlehem.

There are several Hosta's and a giant leaved Gunnera in this shot.

A small thatched folly sits nestled in a bank with an inviting seat to sit on, on a hot day.

These beautiful Water Lily flowers looked impressive, they were about the size of a tea plate.

The insects were certainly attracted to them.

A Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly warming itself up in the afternoon sunshine.

There are so many different pathways lined with all varieties of shrubs, plant and trees to explore.

Now that tree house looks a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine.

Another folly for you to take a rest.

Some more of the many Rhododendrons.

A Doublefile viburnum bush with its unusual flower shapes.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Neatishead, Norfolk

We recently paid this museum a visit after seeing a leaflet for it.  My husband and myself both grew up around the area of the USAF bases of Mildenhall and Lakenheath in Suffolk and attended many of the Mildenhall Air Shows back in the 80s.  My husband also worked on many of the RAF and USAF bases around this area including RAF Neatishead before its closure around 2004.  We were pleasantly surprised at how interesting it turned out to be.  For more information of the museum please follow this link:

There are several large pieces of equipment sitting around the edges of the car park as you arrive.

When you arrive it is a good idea to attend the introductory talk, carried out by one of the many volunteers and set times during the day, it will give you a brief history of the site and also an insight into the development of Radar.  It does not take long and if like us you are the only ones there at the allocated time you get your own personal talk.

Then you are free to wander around the various rooms full of exhibits, again their are lots of volunteers on hand to talk you through what you are looking at, they are all very knowledgeable and passionate about the museum.

A selection of finger dial telephones, I can remember us having a bright green one at home when I was growing up.

We had one of the beige telephones at the far left of this shot when we first got married.

It is amazing how big and bulky everything looks in comparison to today's technology.

The folders on the tables were packed full of photographs of the men and women who served on the base and their daily lives.

Ian trying out the ejector seat for size.

Again take the time to stop and listen to the talk carried out in 'The Cold War Room' it is certainly very interesting just what used to go on around the coast of the United Kingdom.

Ian being given a guided tour around the controls of a Jaguar cockpit, a aeroplane that we have often seen roar over our heads.

We took a picnic with us but there is also a cafe on site where you can buy a light lunch or tea and cakes.