Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A Long Weekend Away

We had a long weekend away in Somerset with a few different photographic opportunities. The weather was a little bit mixed although I'm not sure which weather produced the better photographs. On Thursday we made a visit to WWT Slimbridge giving us a chance to photograph a few different birds at close quarters.
It was a lovely sunny afternoon at Slimbridge and the wildlife didn't let us down with plenty of photo opportunities.

It was a bit different on Friday as the weather was dull and overcast all day with the sun stubbornly refusing to make any sort of appearance. The rain held off though. First up was a spot of steam train photography as the West Somerset Railway were holding their autumn steam gala.
Williton Station
Near Watchet
We also visited Cleeve Abbey looked after by English Heritage. It's supposed to be one of the best preserved monastic sites in the country. After our disappointing visit to Whitby Abbey the other week I was a little bit dubious about what we might find. I needn't have been as I thought the site was much better than Whitby Abbey with plenty to see and photograph as we walked around the site.
Cleeve Abbey
Cleeve Abbey - The Refectory Hall
Saturday's plan was to visit Minehead and then go on to visit the National Trust Property, Holnicote Estate, and in particular the village of Bossington and its beach. The weather remained dull and overcast all day but apart from a very light shower at Minehead it was another dry day.
Holnicote Estate - Bossington Village
Holnicote Estate - Bossington Beach
On Sunday we planned calling in at Tyntesfield another National Trust property as it wouldn't involve too much of a detour away from the M5 as we headed back home. It was a good choice. The estate has some fantastic trees that it's difficult to stop photographing. We didn't have any time to look around the house. As you can see from the photos the sun decided to put in an appearance.
It's now a case of sorting through lots of photos and video.


  1. Glad you had a good trip. As you know, Slimbridge is very much my neck of the woods and there's always good birding to be had there. The Holnicote Estate looks lovely, it's not somewhere I'm familiar with.

    1. Still got loads of photos to sift through from Slimbridge. Holnicote Estate is apparently one of the largest estates ever given to the National Trust. It covers 20 square miles and includes 5 villages. We only managed to visit Bossington but Selworthy looked worth a trip but we ran out of time.


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