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Doorways, once shabby and neglected, in the narrow streets of the Zona Velha (old town) district of Funchal Madeira now invite you to stop and stare and to wonder what lies behind. There are several hundred colourful, painted portals. Here are just a few:-

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Words and photographs Copyright © 2017 by Antony J Waller


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…may 2017 bring you health, happiness and good cheer.

(photo-the morning sun shining through the trees in Jesmond Dene Newcastle upon Tyne)

Photograph Copyright © 2017 by Antony J Waller

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You never know who you might bump into or what you might see on a day out at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park…

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For more information go to Yorkshire Sculpture Park http://www.ysp.co.uk/

Words and photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller



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On a pleasant, sunny autumnal day there can surely be nothing more enjoyable than a stroll through the woods and along the grassy terraces of Rievaulx near Helmsley in North Yorkshire.

And you never know what local wildlife you may encounter….


Is this the fabled ‘long feathered shrike’.


…or a ‘metal crested trumpet bird’ gathering nesting material?


Definitely a ‘greater-hatted Phoenix fire bird’.

Whilst the captions are mine the artwork is by Yorkshire sculptor Michael Kusz.

Words and photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller

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nik_17224Hackfall Woods lie between Masham and Ripon near to the village of Grewelthorpe in North Yorkshire and has a chequered history. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book and at various times belonging to Knights Templar, the estate of Fountains Abbey and sold by Henry VIII following the dissolution of the monasteries it was bought by John Aislabie in 1731. Member of Parliament for Ripon and owner of Studley Royal which forms part of the Fountains Abbey lands he was Secretary to the Navy and later Chancellor of the Exchequer. He accepted a bribe (said to be worth £20 million in today’s money) for which he was found guilty and imprisoned in the Tower of London before returning to North Yorkshire in disgrace. He died in 1742 when his property and lands passed to his son William.

nik_17225William set about transforming the woods creating an ornamental landscape using the natural beauty of the river and surrounding area. This included Fisher’s Hall, built in 1750 from tufa and thought to be named after his head gardener.


Just one of the ruins and follies to be enjoyed on an enchanting walk through Hackfall Woods.

For more information visit http://www.hackfall.org.uk/


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…what can you see?

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“Brrr”. She thought it was still a tad chilly!


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