Landscape

IJmuiden Oude Zuiderhoofd Lighthouse, North Sea Port, The Netherlands

IJmuiden Oude Zuiderhoofd Lighthouse, built in 1966 and is located on the south inner pier (the former breakwater) at IJmuiden. Accessible by walking the pier.  I very nearly missed this lighthouse, I was so engrossed in getting the two larger lighthouses, when I suddenly saw this one, while looking over the side of our cruise ship.  

The Land of the Rings & Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan, The West Coast of Scotland

Last year, 2017, we visited Sanna Bay, in Ardnamurchan, Scotland, to get there, you drive through a ring of hills which form a world famous geological structure, a classic example of a ring complex.  From space the ring of hills looks rather like a crater on the moon, but it was formed in a very different way.  They are quite amazing to drive through when you realise they are ancient volcanoes.  I have added a few details about them.  We then arrived at, Senna Bay, truly beautiful, we were blessed with stunning weather, the first we had for over a week.  This is a photo tour of the rings and the wonderful walk we had along the beach.

The rocks of the ring of hills were called the Great Eucrite, by JE Ritchie of the British Geological Survey, when he made the first geological map of Ardnamurchan in the 1920’s.  The rocks of the Great Eucrite form a ring of hills because they were resistant to the glaciers that carved this only 20,000 years ago.  Eucrite, is a variety of gobbro, the coarsely crystallise quiver of basalt.  Large crystals form when igneous rocks crystallise slowly beneath the surface of the Earth in magma chambers.

Four ancient volcanoes on the west coast of Scotland…….When the American and Eurasian tectonic plates began to drift apart 55 – 60 million years ago, and the North Atlantic began to open, what are now north islands of, Mull, Rum and Skye, together with the peninsula of Ardnamurchan, formed a chain of volcanoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon

Killerton House in Broadclyst near Exeter in Devon is a lovely 18th century Georgian House that we visited in 2016.  I have already posted about the trees in the garden and recently about the chapel, now its the turn of the house……a little late, but I doubt it has changed much.  This is really a visual tour, I have added some details in between the interior photos and the exterior ones.  We did enjoy our visit to this National Trust House and I am just so pleased, that for the last few years you are allow to take flash free photos, so thank you NT.

A little about the house……Killerton is an 18th-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, England, which, with its hillside garden and estate, has been owned by the National Trust since 1944 and is open to the public. The National Trust displays the house as a comfortable home. 

The estate covers some 2590 hectares (25.9 km2, 6400 acres).  Included in the Estate is a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it, also known as Dolbury which has also yielded evidence of Roman occupation, thought to be a possible fort or marching camp within the Hill fort.

Killerton House itself and the Bear’s Hut summerhouse in the grounds are Grade II* listed buildings.  The gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

 

An Island Road

I am in black & white mode at the moment, and came across this photo again, which I posted a few years ago.   I love the cow just ambling along, there had been a herd go pass a few seconds before I shot this photo, but there were too many, one was plenty to go with the figures.  We were on the Iona, an island off the West Coast of Scotland.  

St Mary Church, Henstead, Suffolk

One that got a away in 2016, St Mary in Henstead, Suffolk.  Unfortunately on the day that we passed this beautiful Norman Church, we just didn’t have the time to visit.  So I took a photo and also of the village sign, so I know where to come back to.  It did look so intriguing sitting along among the trees and there it will sit, until I can return and explore…..thats if its open. 

Happy New Year 2018

Well thats the end of another year, they do seem to be going faster, or is that just me 🙂  I would like to thank all my blogging friends, for the likes and most of all, the comments that people take the time to leave.  Hopefully next year I will catch up on some of the tons of churches that I still have to post 🙂

‘Happy New Year’ and I do hope it’s as peaceful as it can be for everyone.

The photo is of the Fens in Norfolk, and I am sure that if it wasn’t pouring down in rain, this is what the end of 2017 would have looked like 🙂