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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire » Mansfield April 26th 2021

We are still living in a strange time. TFB and his roadmap are still driving on, but there are so many contradictions that confusion over the rules is now an everyday occurrence. A pub with outside space is now open for business in England, but in Scotland it can be open for food indoors as well - just as long as you stick to no alcohol with your meal. Weddings are allowed in Scotland for up to 50 people and allow alcohol to be consumed indoors. The guy down the road who was merely hankering after a swift half of lager to accompany his indoor Scotch egg leaves disappointed. Meanwhile, FA and the Department For Culture, Media & Sport have just left us with blank expressions all round where football is concerned. The logic of slowly ... read more
"A Spire To Mansfield" Statue, Mansfield
Old Moot Hall, Mansfield
Old Mansfield Brewery Head Office Building

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire » Nottingham March 17th 2021 17th March - Nottingham Nottingham began in the 6th century as a small settlement called Snotta inga ham. The Anglo-Saxon word ham meant village. The word inga meant 'belonging to' and Snotta was a man. So its name meant the village owned by Snotta. Gradually its name changed to Snottingham then just Nottingham. In the late 9th century the Danes conquered North East and Eastern England. They turned Nottingham into a fortified settlement or burgh. The town had a ditch around it and an earth rampart with a wooden palisade on top. In the early 18th century Daniel Defoe described Nottingham as one of the most pleasant and beautiful towns in England. From the late 17th century salt glaze stoneware was made in Nottingham. In the 18th century the hosiery industry boomed. There was also ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire March 15th 2021

TFB and his roadmap out of lockdown are still driving. The vaccine programme is still on track and grounds for optimism, although bizarrely the age criteria seemed to drop 15 years in one fell swoop. I have now been for a first jab. Outdoor sport is on the verge of a resumption, so my goalkeeping career can press on for the last minute surge into Gareth's squad for Euro 2020 or should we say Euro 2021 now. Jordan Pickford's injury woes have created an unexpected vacancy. As capacity crowds look unlikely here or anywhere else in Europe, it could be a good way in to spectate. I will happily bench warm and add my experience. Mr Pope can do all the hard work. We now know it will April before non-essential shops can open and the ... read more
Nottingham University
Lakeside Arts Centre

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire February 16th 2021

The buzz of the crowd was missing yet again, as I wandered across Trent Bridge. Nottingham Forest were at home with no spectators. They didn't miss anything much mind. The Bournemouth boys arrived from the South Coast with a plan. We are still in lockdown mode, so extended exercise walks are the only travelling possible. After a rather dull and cloudy morning, the sun and blue skies were making an appearance by lunchtime. The England cricketers had been enjoying some sunshine in Chennai on the TV before I ventured out, but then the sun always shines on TV. Alas they hadn't enjoyed much else about their day, as the wickets tumbled to the spinners. We walked up London Road towards the city centre. The Other Half had made a purchase from a central shop, that she ... read more
Brian Clough Statue, Nottingham
Former Prudential Building, Nottingham
Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire January 26th 2021

All the talk in the days before I took the photos for this blog was about the weather. Snow. Snow melt. Two days of torrential rain. The river would be rising. The River Trent. The deluge in Derbyshire would eventually make it's way downstream. The local news sent their roving reporters off up to Bakewell. The water was playing havoc in the heritage area of Derby city centre too. It would arrive in Nottinghamshire soon. My last blog spoke of more lockdown. TFB has been looking at his science again and there will be no change until at least 8th March. A decision on how schools might re-open will be announced in late February. The rest of society will get a "roadmap" out of lockdown. It is unlikely to be a roadmap to go anywhere. Fresh ... read more
Suspension Bridge
River Trent
Meadow Lane, Notts County FC

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire January 13th 2021

The steward kept a beady eye on me, as I photographed the old ticket collection point. It was FA Cup 3rd Round weekend. In yesteryear, it was possibly one of the highlights of the football calendar. The modern game and the rise of the Premier League has seen the "top" clubs fielding weakened teams and treating the competition with a degree of contempt. What was the steward doing there just after midday on this cold, bright winter Saturday? The ticket collection point was all locked up. The turnstiles remained closed. Inside the home team had scored after a few minutes of this early start. A rare goal of quality in this stop / start season, but there would be no crowd adulation today. A few club officials and members of the press would the only ones ... read more
River Trent
Lady Bay Bridge, Nottingham
Trent Bridge Inn, West Bridgford

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire July 24th 2020

Day 125 - yes you read it right . Nottinghamshire rather than Derbyshire . Underwood instead of Chesterfield . We are out and about . It is Friday . Non working day. Walk done and coffee drunk . It is time to get out on the road and do something . After yet another abortive viewing yesterday we need a change . When the viewers came they seemed less than interested . A fleeting five minute viewing . I guessed they were not interested and it turns out they don't want a bungalow . They want a house . I did mention downsizing to them but ....................... So where are we ? Are we in Gabby? No Gabby has moved not one inch . Her wheels still stand on the drive . They need pumping up ... read more
Stunning lilies
Topiary hedges
Such vibrant colours

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire » Worksop June 19th 2020

Yes that is right . It does say Nottinghamshire up on the title . Makes a change after 89 days of Chesterfield and Derbyshire . It is Day 90 and it is still dull and damp but up to now the rain has kept off . We have a plan and it is a bit different today . Escape as been offered to us and we are embracing it with everything we have .I wake and hear nothing . No pitter patter on the roof. Looking out of the window it is dry - well perhaps dryish is a better choice of word . We get into Gabby and drive . She is parked up alongside a marina . We have driven down a very quiet road and find ourselves looking out over a country park ... read more
The lock on the Chesterfield canal
Ironwork on the lock
The cuckoo cycleway

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire » Nottingham January 28th 2020

"Your most important task is to be here and how and enjoy the present moment " Thich Nhat Hanh So today although we were thinking about our next holidays and a short trip out to Northumberland next weekend . That given it was time to enjoy today. This weekend we watched the final episode of the Trial of Christine Keeler and we were taken back to the 1960's. We remember the trial well. We remember the stink when the story hit the newspapers . The clothes that people wore. Young girls with hats, short mini skirts, Biba , Mary Quant and Twiggy, the men wearing flat caps or bowlers. Knitted waistcoats and umbrellas. We had been transformed back over 50 years ago and it felt just like yesterday. The world was changing. That change was intense ... read more
D H Lawrence house
a piano in the living room
Lace curtains and lace clothing

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire » Worksop November 18th 2019

My mum used to say that all things came in threes. One good thing would surely be followed by another two. The first bad thing would quickly follow with two more. I am sure she was wrong as for us things seem to come in fours and fives. When something goes wrong it does it with a vengeance . Selling our house for example . We have three offers on the table . The first made before we left for Italy. The couple as lovely as they were had not even got their property on the market. They were convinced once they found our bungalow that they would sell theirs straightaway. Nope they did not . They had a flurry of activity and two people were interested but they had not sold their properties so nothing ... read more
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