Bench Under The Trees In Bute Park

Bute Park is a great place to escape to during your lunch hour, although even the most determined of walkers will struggle to walk the whole length of the park and make it back in time for the afternoon stint behind a desk. Much nicer to find one of the benches dotted around the park to simply sit, break out the sandwiches, and recharge for a few minutes before heading back to the rat race.

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Enjoying The Beautiful Mawddach

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Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. My choice of wallpaper this week is a selection of shots from our summer holiday last year, and to get it under way, today’s wallpaper is one of the photos that has already proved quite popular since I uploaded it to Flickr.

For last summer’s holiday, we based ourselves just outside Barmouth, which sits at the mouth of the River Mawddach, and as this shot tries to capture, boy is it beautiful! I took this shot towards the end of a circular woodland walk, which led us up above the trees to give us a fantastic view east along the estuary.

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As part of Guardian Cardiff’s June photography challenge, I headed down to Broadway in search of interesting signs to capture and share. Broadway is a perhaps overlooked road, eclipsed by the Newport Road that runs around it at both ends. It was once called Green Lane, and was once home to BBC Cymru when they first started broadcasting in 1964. Today, it looks somewhat run-down and neglected, and that’s reflected in some of the signs that I saw during my walk. But everyone I passed was friendly and welcoming, and left me hoping that better times lie ahead for this area.

The Photos

End Of Splott

Sign at the eastern end of Broadway, Adamsdown.

Royal Oak, Adamsdown

They have another lamp outside with the words ‘Royal Oak’ backwards, but unfortunately the light wasn’t good enough to get a decent shot of it.

What Is Money?

Makes a change from the usual ‘earn lots of money working from home’ signs you see on lampposts.

Clairvoyance Evening at The Royal Oak

I was amazed at how this piece of paper had survived both wind and rain.

24 for 12.99

This is the boarded up window of a former Victoria’s Wine off-license. It seems logical that this window must have been boarded up when the off-license was still in business, otherwise there’d be no booze to advertise?

Open Monday at 1pm

With the World Cup on (at the time I first published this photo on Flickr), I’m sure plenty of folks wish they could have shuttered shop for a few days to watch the footie on TV.

Hostile Substances In Use

This was one of several such signs I came across, suggesting that there has been a problem in this area with people climbing over fences into private property.

Not So Ideal After All?

I guess this corner location didn’t turn out to be as ideal as the last tenant had hoped.

2 Men and this Van

Removals and deliveries for hire. And you should check out their shop too; looking through the window, it looked to me that they had some very useful furniture available, and a welcome antidote to the IKEA world of today.

Wife For Sale

This sign tickled me far too much; I just had to share it :)

Missing: One AWESOME Cat

No matter where you go, there always seems to be missing cat posters on lampposts and in shop windows. This one stood out for me though because the owner’s love of her cat just leapt out off the poster. Here’s hoping Josephine is reunited with her cat all safe and sound.

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The Lane Through The Trees

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To finish my Week of Woodland Wallpaper, I’ve picked this shot from last year’s holiday in Barmouth.

When I was a kid (which wasn’t all that long ago), you could go and wander through real woodlands and the remains of once mighty forests, where the trees were native species that grew where they could in whatever higgledy piggledy layout they wanted. Today, no matter where you go, most of the woods today where people can go and walk are managed plantations, where all the trees have been laid out roughly in alignment. They’re great fun to walk through, but I miss real woods too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s woodland theme. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I’m leaning towards picking out some of the shots from last year’s holiday in North Wales (which I’ve recently uploaded to my Flickr account) for next week’s theme. If you’d like to suggest a theme for future weeks, please do get in touch.

Have a great weekend, and I hope you’ll be back on Monday for more daily desktop wallpaper.

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Caught My Eye: 19th August 2010

Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 19th, 2010 in Caught My Eye.

This is a new feature, where I share with you photos from my Flickr contacts that have caught my eye in the last seven days. I’m hoping to publish this every week in time for the weekend. If you enjoy this feature, please leave a comment as encouragement :)

34 photos have caught my eye in the last 7 days from my Flickr contacts. There’s landscapes, nature, exciting events, portraits, and one shot where I haven’t figured out how the photographer didn’t get arrested :)

I’ve organised these into a couple of galleries to share with you. There’s currently no way to embed Flickr galleries into blog posts, so instead I urge you to click on the links below to visit these galleries. And, if you like what you see, please leave a comment for the photographer, to encourage him or her to keep taking great shots!

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Earlier in 2010, I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line. This is the surviving section of the Bute’s Cardiff Railway, the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks. I’m sure I read somewhere that the Bute’s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal (which the Marquis had earlier bought), but that ultimately he wasn’t allowed to close the canal, and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway.

Today, the Coryton Line is a single-track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff. There are no services on a Sunday, making it the perfect day to explore these stations.

The Photos

Birchgrove Railway Station

From a distance, Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station, looking east along the platform. Note that Birchgrove hasn’t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469, which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly. This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform.

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Earlier in 2010, I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line. This is the surviving section of the Bute’s Cardiff Railway, the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks. I’m sure I read somewhere that the Bute’s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal (which the Marquis had earlier bought), but that ultimately he wasn’t allowed to close the canal, and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway.

Today, the Coryton Line is a single-track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff. There are no services on a Sunday, making it the perfect day to explore these stations.

The Photos

Birchgrove Railway Station

From a distance, Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station, looking east along the platform. Note that Birchgrove hasn’t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469, which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly. This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform.

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The Way Is Blocked

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My choices this week have been the part of my Week of Woodland Wallpapers. I hope you’re enjoying them so far!

Of course, any walk through the woods can run into little difficulties from time to time. One of our favourite places to go walking near our home is on what’s left of the Lesser Garth (it has been so extensively quarried that the railway line that used to run around it no longer exists). I was exploring the remains of the railway line alone one day when I rounded the corner to find that a tree had come down the hill some time before and landed on the path I was on. I had a bit of fun climbing over the tree, hoping it wouldn’t decide to slide any further, and I was glad Mrs H wasn’t there at the time to talk me out of it.

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Floyd Clothing Sale

Sale due to a basement fire, apparently, and not due to the disruption to the High Street by pedestrianisation work.

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Sunlight On The Branch

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This week’s theme is a Week of Woodland Wallpapers, and my choice today is this simple shot of sunlight on a tree branch.

My enjoyment of the natural world is strictly visual; I leave all of the enjoyment of different species of plant and wildlife to my wife! For me, walking through the woods on a gloomy day does nothing to lift my spirits … but throw in rays of sunshine, and suddenly the woods are transformed into a magical place of depth and beauty.

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