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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Township

Posted by HelenEdith on September 14, 2008

After our ride on the steam train, we caught the anti-clockwise tram to the Township. There is a lot to see there, and we really didn’t get time to do it all justice, even though we missed out Pockerley Manor altogether.

I found the Township to be hugely nostalgic. I saw things that were still that way within my memories from the early 1960s, like the long counter in the grocer’s shop – and all the goods piled on shelves behind the counter with a movable ladder for the assistant to fetch them down. We also visited the draper, the garage, the sweet shop and the stationer’s – with the printer upstairs. I could go back and spend another day there easily!

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Township

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Pockerley Waggonway

Posted by HelenEdith on September 6, 2008

We left the Beamish Colliery Village via the woods and emerged on the other side of the Beamish site, where we took the path down to the Pockerley Waggonway.

A steam locomotove was providing short rides down there. The wrought iron weather vane was also noteworthy – and the engine driver proved photogenic!

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Pockerley Waggonway

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Colliery Village

Posted by HelenEdith on August 31, 2008

The next part of the Beamish site that we explored during our visit last year was the Colliery Village.

I particularly enjoyed looking around the school, set up with old-style desks just like I remember from my early years of primary school before we had a new school and inkwells went out and biros came in! I also enjoyed the row of miner’s cottages very much. They came complete with people acting out the daily life of the early 1900s.

There were also mine buildings to view, although we didn’t explore those in great detail and didn’t don hard hats and actually go down the old coal pit.

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Colliery Village

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Home Farm

Posted by HelenEdith on August 25, 2008

The first part of the Beamish site that we explored during our visit last year was the Home Farm.

I enjoyed looking around the implement sheds at the horse-drawn implements. I mostly remember these implements as being pulled by a tractor, but the actual design of the implements hasn’t changed much.

As well as the implements, the Home Farm keeps rare breeds, and we spent some time at the pond looking at the ducks and geese.

My pictures are here: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish Home Farm

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Website update: Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

Posted by HelenEdith on August 24, 2008

Most of my Beamish pictures have been edited for some time, but now I’m finally getting around to putting them up on my website.

The first instalment consists of pictures of the trams, the bus, and a form of transport that doesn’t actually go anywhere: the merry-go-round.

Here they are: Helen Stephenson’s North East England Holiday Pictures – October, 2007 – Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

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Website update: East Sussex pictures

Posted by HelenEdith on August 19, 2007

I’ve moved another album out of Yahoo! Photos.

This one contains pictures taken one day when we drove down to East Sussex and then drove along the coast, stopping to look at the scenery at Bexhill and Beachy Head; and having a look at the Harbour at Newhaven.

This time I’ve added some fresh material to what was previously online. I even found a series of pictures taken with a tripod which show a piece of heavy machinery moving rocks back from the water’s edge, and have put six of them together as an animation. You might want to press the “faster” button so that the animation moves a bit quicker, but that’s up to you.

Click here to view the pictures.

The picture I’ve chosen to display above is a chalk cliff at the entrance to Newhaven Harbour.

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Entry for August 05, 2007 – Step back in time – working bygones

Posted by HelenEdith on August 5, 2007

Stephen and I went to Step Back in Time – Working Bygones Show at Sedlescombe in East Sussex today.

The traffic jams on the A21 were not good, and we were tempted to stop at a car boot sale along the way and not persist with the traffic, but we made the effort and we found the show down a narrow country lane in East Sussex.

The highlights of the show were working farm machinery and working heavy horses. We also each got our picture taken with an owl from the 1066 Falconry tent. My picture is above, and I’m holding Horace. I don’t think he’s any relation of my father, although they share a name!

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