2019 Pictures in Chronological order

Walk on Cannock Chase
January 2019

The Findling - a Glacial Boulder

A sad start

The route

A cheerful finish

Dismantling the Christmas Tree

The Tree

The former decorations

Melanie's visit to us
January 2019

Seeing her off from Stoke Station

January Snow

Berne Avenue

Across the Butts

The next morning

Visit to Peterborough
Janauary 2019

Walking with Paul and Rosalind

Swan boats near the recreation centre

The Nene

Apedale In the Snow
February 2019

Snowdrops at home

Apedale Monument

Whixall Moss
February 2019

The owl is still there!

Roundthorne Bridge
on the Llangollen Canal

Snowdrops in a cul de sac

Morris' Bridge

Whixall Moss, looking north from the southern path

The Wesh Border

Excavating on the northern fringe

A needed rest

Towards the end of the northern path (the old railway)

February sunshine with gardening and flowers

Much spreading!



February Munich Visit

Walk in the Englischer Garten
Chinesischer Turm

The Monoopteros

Munich from the Monopteros

The Opera
posters for Ernst Kerneck's "Charles V"

Walk from Iffeldorf to Seeshaupt

View over the Ostersee to the Herzogstand and the Heimgarten

Halfway (4 km so far)

The Zugspitz

The Mountains behind Benediktburen

Theatiner Kirche

What the rich shopper needs

Opera again - Carmen

Second walk in the Englischer Garten

Large Hopeful Crow

Gift of an Amarylis from Mike & Nicky
planted in March 2019

March 2019 visit to Munich

Retirment of Edita Guberova
at the end Roberto Devereux
March 2019

Two walks in the Englischer Garten

The Chinesisches Turm

Confusion of cranes and a Ferris Wheel near the Ostbahnhof

Visit to the RNCM for "Pilgrim's Progress" by Vaughan Williams
Two trips: March 31st and April 3rd



Blooms at the end of March 2019.
The Singapore Orchids and a Mother's Day Rose from Nicky and Michael

Cannock Chase
April 2019

Across the chase

Up the old railway route

Happy walker!

Home for a few days
April 2019

Keele Hall Fountain, on a sunny afternoon

One of the Singapore orchids

Den Haag with Stephen and family
April 2019

The beach at Scheveningen

Pat considering the sea

The coach urging her on


With Conny, Sarah, Felix and Rebecca

The group: Rebecca, Felix, Sarah, Pat, Stephen Timothy and Conny

The intrepid coach

The Museum; Beeiden aan Zee

The Delft China Museum

A Delft decorated friend with Rebecca ..

.. and Grandma ..

.. and Granddad

A Delft decorated car


The New Church

The main square

Den Haag: the Escher Exhibition

Inside the Het Palace

Escher Drawings

Look at the wallpaper too!

Den Haag: the grand shopping arcade

Outside our hotel: A Mandarin Duck, barking up the wrong tree!

Sharing a reflected drink

A visit to the tulip fields

Timothy and Rebecca


Den Haag: the Royal Palace

The Palace Gardens

Munich for three operas

Walk along the Isar from the Zoo to the Deutches Museum

A Wisteria in Max Weber Platz

In the Opera House for Turandot

The Botanic Garden

Endless tulips

Another Wisteria

A frog in the pond

The Cactus House


Water Hyacinth

In th Cuvilliers Theatre for Tschaikovsky's Ionlanthe combined with Stravinsky's Mavra

Waiting for the Conductor

April flowers at home

In Berne Avenue outside number 6

Japanese Maple



The pollarded willow, sprouting

Nicky's Amarylis, flowering again

One of our divided Amarylis

A crimson version

The Singapore orchids in glorious yellow and red

Macclesfield Forest
May 2019


Forest Spring

The Cat & Fiddle

My zany lady

Toot Hill

Ascending Nessit Hill





The route

May Flowers, 2019

The orginal Amarylis going flat out

The crimon Amaryllis in all is glory

A newer Amarylis

Two late tulips with bluebells

Lilac lilac

A Rhododendron

Large buttercups in the pond

A cactus with six buds

Just coming out

Six glorious flowers

The Crimson Amaryllis

on a remarkable day

Shutlingsloe; a last minute change in our walk to climb it

Birchenough Hill

The Cumberland Brook

A steep slope

On the top, with Macclesfield Forest

Sutton Common Mast
Pigford Moor in front

Nessit Hill

Toot Hill

Birchenough Hill

The Roaches

The Rollright Stones on a Classical Association Outing
May 2019

Andy Fear, our president and guide

Part of the circle

The King's Stone

The Conspiring Knights

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, continuing the Classical Association outing

The Museum

The saddest woman

Andy, getting down to work

A stop at Hatton locks for an evening meal with the Classical Association

Looking up stream

Down stream to Warwick

An unexpectedly large dragonfly in the lock pond

Home again


Wigelia in full flower




Another Amaryllis

Poptatoes growing apace


Broad beans

New raspberries


Flag and wigelia

Pat's treat: an outing to Boscobel House
May 2019

Boscabel House

The mound in the garden

The house from the mound

The remains of a descendant of the Royal Oak

Portrait of Charles II, a visitor and refugee in the 16th century

The lady of the family that gave him refuge

White Ladies Priory where Charles also sheltered

Return to the house

Various Walks in May and June, 2019

Apdale for the Light Railway, May 2019

Train departure

To Keele, June 2019
One of the lower lakes in the Keele Woods

Keele Church

The Sneyd Arms for lunch

Around the circuit at Apedale, June 2019

The Wedgewood Memorial

Garden & Home
June 2019

Emma Hamilton

Munstead Wood


An orchid, flowering

Two orchids together

Anne Boleyn

Trying to fix the washing machine

A dish of roses
Boscobel and Munstead Wood

A lecture on "Lego in Teaching"

Chirk Castle with a Probus Outing

Chirk Castle

The courtyard

Waiiting for the tour: Pat, John Hartley, Valerie and Phil Maskery

The Saloon (Drawing Room)

A Japanese Sharkskin Chest (ca. 1600)

The Long Gallery

John playing the piano in the Bow Drawing Room

From the Garden

The Garden

The air shaft for the deepest dungeon

A verdant rainy day!

Lunch with friends at the Windbeutel Alm in Garmisch
June 2019

A Strawberry Windbeutel with five spoons

Paul, Christa and Pat

Paul, Christa, Pat and Irmgard

Street concert in Munich near Marienplatz

Lupins, Clematis and Roses
June 2019

New Lupins

A second variety


A climbing rose

Inspecting the onions and runner beans

Pat' Cataract Operation
June 2019

The Cheerful Patient, in hospital for half a day

Marylin's 70th Birthday Parties

The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

At the Birthday Dinner

Marylin with Pat

Mraylin with daughter, Jennie

Drinks at the Charisma Café

Marylin with daughter Jennie

Roses and a Hedgehog
July 2019

Rugosa roses going flat out

A Hedgehog, disturbed by cats

Earl's Hill, near Pontesbury
July 2019

Earl's Hill

On the summit

Middleton Hill & Rodney's Pillar

The Wrekin

Caer Caradoc with, faintly, the Brown Clee Hills

ca 4 miles and 700 feet

Soft fruit harvest
July 2019




Buxton Holiday
July 2019

St Anne's Well, dressed for the Festival

The renovated pump room

A visiting band from Lermoos

The train in the park

Thyme on the walk ...

... to Solomon's Temple


Taken by a fellow walker

The A53 road to Leek and home, with Axe Edge

Ready for the opera

Trying out an excercise machine

The Olive Tree, Clematis and orchids
July 2019

The olive tree in flower

One of the clematises

A single orchid, before the Buxton trip

Six blooms after Buxton

Lectures & visits to the Etruria Industrial Museum to comemorate the 200th anniverrsary of Watt's death, July 2019
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The Watt engine

Firing the boiler

The volunteer fireman


The grinding room
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See the videos

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Flowers and Vegetables, August 2019

Day Lillies

The first potatoes, from pots

Potatoes and courgettes

broad beans

The orchid, still developing

Another set of cactus flowers

The Wagner Festival at Bayreuth, August 2019

Walk from Altdrossenfeld to Altenplos for lunch and back via Dreschenau ...

... along the Roter Main

The former Aichen Station Halt

The Roter Main

On the footbridge on the way to Dreschenau

Large Funghi

Beginning and end - at Altdrossenfeld

Second walk, Peter only as Patricia had a blistered heel

Altdrossenfeld Church

Large Funghi, again

The Roter Main

See the video

The Storks at our hotel in Altdrossenfeld

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Wagner's own theatre, before Lohengrin

Waiting for the start of Lohengrin

In the Festspielhaus before the beginning

The final curtain call for Lohengrin

Elsa von Brabant (Camilla Nylund)

Lohengrin (Piotr Beczala)

On the right, the conductor, Christian Thielemann

Wagner's House, Wahnfried

The man!

Tannhäuser, the second opera

Listening to the fanfare, with the ladder subsequently used in the opera!

Pat's birthday: visit to Eremitage

Chinese Tower

The Neues Schloss

The Cascade, from the top.

The Alte Ruinen

The Cascade, from lower down

The Grotto - fountains not operating because of a water shortage.

Tea at the Neues Schloss

The fountains running briefly because of the shortage


The gardens at Monplaisir

Johann-Karl Schmidt, a new acquaintance ...

... and his wife, Ursula

Walk to Keele Villlage
August 2019

From two mile lane

Keele Church

Garden Produce etc.
August 2019

Beans and Tomatoes




The Willow tree growing again (just clipped)

Onions: Stuttgarter Riesen



More Courgettes

David & Sheila's Diamond Wedding
September 2019

Two daughters, kneeling

Sheila and David

Probus Excursion to the Anderton Boat Lift
September 2019

From the visitor centre: the lift with the old ICI works opposite on the far bank of the Weaver

Waiting to board the boat
lleft: Peter Dixon, President; right: John Hartley, organiser

The gates from the Trent and Mersey Canal to the two lift caissons

View forward

Going down

High above us.

About to leave

The lift from the River Weaver

At the end of the brief cruise

View from the Weaver level

Visit to Kingkerswell

The Winchester's House

With Vicki Winchester

John Winchester with Melanie

Paignton Beach

Pat paddling

With Melanie

Truro & the Alveston Hotel
September 2019

Truro Cathedral

The Alveston Hotel

The Old Chapel, decorated as a wedding suite

The Old Chapel

The wedding of James & M-J (Mary Jane) Thompson
September 2019

Nancarrow Farm; the venue for the wedding
Michael's photo

James with his brothers and friends - the best men
Michael's photo

Inside the principal barn
Michael's photo

Waiting for the off - John Pedley on our right; Timothy and Sarah behind
Michael's photo

The Groom and Best Man waiting for the bride

James and M-J, signing the Register

Michael's photo

Michael's photo

Michael's photo

Michael's photo

The Reception

The "barn" for the reception
Michael's photo

Sarah, Connie and Fiona

Conny, Fiona & Adam

Sarah & Timothy

Paul & Michael

With Feliciity

Rosalind, Sarah and Timothy

The boys! - Paul, Michael and Stphen

Stephen with Leo (Felicity's boyfriend) in the background, as well as Timothy and Rosalind

Pat with her three sons

Proud parents with sons!
Michael's photo

With a Flamboyant Nicky

With Timothy, Michael and Nicky

The three dughters-in-law and Timothy

Pat modelling the hat

Photo: David CrouchWilll & girlfriend

Charlie with his parents
Photo: David Crouch

Michael with M-J's father


The happy couple with,left, John Pedley

With M-J's parents

Group picture( including us!)
Photo: David Crouch

M-J's mother

Michael with the best man

Mike and Nicky

M-J's parents

The bride and bridesmaid

M-J and James

James and his best man


The Best Man

Dancing later in the evening

with Rosalind

Cornish Pasties on the beach, the next day



M-J and her Mum

On the beach
Michael's photo

The beach

The Cornish Flag

Cornish Holiday - Truro
September 2019

Truro Cathedral

St Ives
September 2019

From the window of our room

The harbour

Godrevy Island and point

Lands End

The Longships

The Long Ships Lighthouse

The First and Last House

The Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

Cable Laying vessel

The workshop

Optical fibre

Repairing Undersea Cables

The Grapling Hook to locate and raised a damage cable

The telegraph wires to the beach

The Cable Hut

Portcurno Bay, where the cables enter the ocean

Penzance Station

The next traiin to Paddington.

The End of the line from Paddington

St Ives, and the Tate St Ives

The beach

St Ives from Smeaton Pier

St Ives from the "Island"

The Chapel on the "Island"

Portmeor Beach

The Three Brothers

The Tate St Ives Gallery

Portminster Beach

St Michael's Mount

The Causeway, just before flooding

Last people across

In the House

The visitors arriving

The Chevy Chase

The Atlantic

See the Causeway, now under water

Below, the top of the luggage lift from the quay

The Chapel

The Blue Drawing Room

The Gardens

From the gardens

Succulents galore

The gardens from high up

A marigold

The walled garden


Red Hot Pokers

Back ashore

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Her Workshop

Last walk on the beach ...

...at low tide

Paddling again

The dry harbour

The return home; Lizard Point and Kingkerswell

The Lizard Lighthouse

From the cafe

Melanie, at home

The Severn Valley Railway

Bridgenorth Sation: a Diesel Hydraulic with the "Cornishman"

The arrival of a steam hauled train

The "Cornishman" leaving

The Steam engine, running round its train

Ready to depart for Kidderminster

Munich to see Strauss's Salome

The Frauenkirche

The Rathaus

Posters for ...

... Salome

The Residenz, for a visit on a wet day


Walk along the Isar

The sum: beginning of a linear model of the solar system

St Luke's Church

Mandarin Ducks

Prinzregenten Theatre

Tidying the shed
October 2019

The contents (largely disgorged)

Mostly empty

Re-filled and tidy!

Cannock Chase
October 2019

The Communications Mast

A happier picture than in January

Nessit Hill, Macclesfield Forest
October 2019

Across the forest to Shining Tor


Teg's Nose from Nessit Hill

Jodrell Bank in the distance

Llandudno Opera Trip
October/November 2019

The town from the pier

The sea front to the Imperial Hotel

WNO Rigoletto
Venue Cwmru

The Cunning Little Vixen
Venue Cwmru

The pier

Encounter with a tram above the halfway station

The top of the Great Orme

The coast to the west

The summit

Varying light

Descending the steep path

The route

The Llanberis Lake Railway
Full speed passing Gilfach Ddu

Non- stop to the west

November 2019

Half a giant courgette

An unexpected Amarylis in November

November 2019

Overnight visit from Nicky and Mike

The Crewe Model Railway Show, at the Bentley Centre in Crewe
November 2019

A larger layout

Walk to Silverdale
December 2019

Silverdale Church

RNCM with Susan & Tony
Dialogue des Carméliten
December 2019

The Programme

Visit from Michael and family for John Pedley's funeral
December 2019

Pat & I had just returned from the Common Room Dinner

John Pedley's Funeral
December 2019

Whitmore Church Yard

The reception at Slaters

Pat with James and Will ...

... and Mike too

Getting the usual lift

Common Room Christmas Dinner

Pat & Peter on the right
photo: Phil Kivell

Peter at the far end
photo: Phil Kivell

Christmas Cactus (converted from an Easter Cactus
December 2019

Dissipated Patricia

Potraits of Peter

Apedale Walk
December 2019

A clear day

The engine for the Santa Express, Apedale Light Railway

Christmas Lunch with Michael and family
December 2019

Chateau Impneu, near Droitwich

Will and Nicky with Audrey Pedley

With Charlie, here from Canada

Mike and Will

The senoir chaps, louting about


On the way home

Farewell for Christmas

Christmas Day walk round Silverdale

Silverdale Church

In the village

The route

Christmas Pudding on Boxing Day

Munich Visit to see the Snow Queen
December 2019

Pat modelling her hat at Munich Airport

Walk in the Nymphenburg Palace Gardens

Trouble with moles!

From the end of the Grand Canal

Photo, at the Paros Restaurant

Walk in the Englische Garten
The Monopteros

Posters for the Snow Queen

Second walk in the Englischer Garten
Surfing on the Eisbachwelle

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