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Portland Bill Light House, Isle of Portland, Dorset

This is the last of the three lighthouses at Portland Bill.  Portland Bill Lighthouse is located on the Southerly tip of the Isle of Portland, in Dorset.  It is now the only  functioning lighthouse at Portland Bill and the lighthouse and it’s boundary walls are Grade II Listed.  We were in luck the day we visited in August 2017, the sun was shining with beautiful blue skies…. at the moment here, in the Fens in the east of the UK, it’s a little windy, we are getting the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia, unfortunately other parts of the Uk are getting a nasty battering.

You can now climb the tower, but on the day we visited, many other people had the same idea, and there was a waiting list of over an hour, so we just had a walk around the base and took some photos. 

As Portland’s largest and most recent lighthouse, the Trinity House operated Portland Bill Lighthouse is distinctively white and red striped, standing at a height of 41 metres (135 ft). The tower is approximately 114 feet. The lighthouse was completed by 1906 and first shone out on 11 January 1906.[ Portland Bill Lighthouse guides passing vessels through these hazardous waters as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English Channel.

 

 

BT Tower, London

To me the BT Tower will always be the Post Office Tower, mainly because an uncle took myself, and my younger brother up in the lift to the top, in 1966 just after it opened in October 1965.  This really was quite scary, the lift went from the top to the bottom and then bounced back up two levels and then back down with a thud…….have never felt the same about lifts since.  But I have always thought it was an amazing building, and still is.   There is to me, something very space like about it, like a rocket about to take off. 

I took some photos in 2016 and forgot about them, but while sorting I have just come across them, and thought that I would look a little into the history.  The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower, was opened to the public in 1966, despite construction having been completed in July 1964.

The British Telecom Communication Tower in London’s West End was the first purpose-built tower to transmit high frequency radio waves, and it serves as a functional telecommunications centre designed to relay broadcast, Internet and telephone information around the world.

Costing £2 million to construct, the 189m (620ft) cylindrical tall tower is made from 13,000 tonnes of concrete, steel and glass, and at the time of opening was the tallest building in London. It’s shape was designed to reduce wind resistance and gave it stability and style.

Dog Mobile

This lovely dog, who I shall name ‘Henry the Basset Hound’, loves his owners small tractor, especially for all the trips around the shows they visit.  Well he does only have little legs 🙂

Taken at one of the many country shows we visited in 2106

Once Upon A Time……..

Once upon a time there was a young airman…… ha ha that’s all you get 🙂  I took this photo wondering if this gentleman had been an airman…..once upon a time.  

Taken on a visit, July 2017, to see the Shuttleworth Collection, at Old Warden Aerodrome, in Bedfordshire, where, there is a wonderful collection of vintage airplanes.  There are also vintage vehicles, and a beautiful garden, I will post about them all later.