PNE Women had enjoyed a good win in mid week but they looked a bit jaded against Blackpool on Sunday, going down to three nil defeat at home – all three goals came in a disappointing first half performance.
For much of the game Preston were pegged back in their own half, frequently dropping too deep. When PNE did manage to put together an attack the strikers were isolated and outnumbered. I know Phil Neville likes England’s Lionesses to play the ball out from the back, a tactic even the best players struggle with at times. Preston try and play this way but the tactic tends to result in Preston giving the ball away far too often in their own half as Blackpool pressed them high up the pitch.
To be fair a few of PNE’s regular players were missing for this game, so hopefully this is just a blip before they push on again. On the plus side, it was nice to see the younger players in the team doing well. They kept going till the end and put in a much better second half performance as a team.
A few photos here but a full set is available via this link on my Flickr page
It wasn’t what you would call a great day for photography, grey and overcast in the main but I fancied a walk with the camera.
Preston has a lot happening right now in terms of development and it’s always nice to capture these types of changes for posterity. The brutalist architectural gem that is Preston Bus Station is 50 years old and it is nearing the end of a refurbishment – always good for pics. Then there is the old market hall and car park which is being knocked down to make way for a new cinema and leisure complex. It looks like a bomb site at the moment but it lends itself to black and white shots.
Here are a few photos from a quick wander through the park and into the city with a camera I don’t use much these days (Fuji X-T1) and a 23mm lens.
It is a World Heritage site after all so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised but I am. The number of foreign visitors is staggering, they arrive by the coach load and yet I’m guessing that many people from the UK have never visited. Anyway the thing is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is a tourist hotspot.
Blenheim is famous, among other things, for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill and there is an excellent permanent display at the house telling the story of his life.In the gift shop too, you can buy all sorts of Churchill souvenirs, including a book about the great man by one Boris Johnson!No doubt we will continue to hear more Churchill influenced rhetoric from its deluded author.
Churchill is buried a short walk away in the village of Bladon. We were stopping just around the corner from here at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Bladon Chains site.
One benefit of staying on the Club site is the thirty percent discount on admission charges to Blenheim. Once you have purchased your admission ticket you can then upgrade it to an annual pass at no extra charge. That makes a return visit even more attractive.
A downside of its popularity is the painfully slow pace during the route through the house.We didn’t bother with the iPhone-type audio guides, which may well be an interesting addition to the tour experience, but they did result in hundreds of people stood blocking the route like some sort of half human creatures, staring and tapping while gazing at the rooms and walls.
Anyway, armed with our annual pass, we will return but probably at a quieter time of year when the visitor numbers have dropped off a bit.
Not quite as grand as some of the other Oxford colleges (but it’s all relative!) and tucked away a little bit, Merton College is still worth a visit. Some of the dates are mind blowing. Merton College has been involved in education and research at the University of Oxford since 1264!
The College has approximately 300 undergraduates studying a wide range of subjects including mathematics, physics, history, literature and law. Well known Mertonians include JRR Tolkien, TS Elliot and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan.
As a visitor, there is a small charge to enter but you are free to wonder around the central areas of the college site and visit the impressive Chapel. The Chapel itself was built between the late 13th to mid 15th centuries and it served as a parish church.Outdoors you can visit the oldest quadrangle in Oxford, which goes by the really quite funky name of the ‘Mob Quad’.Sounds like a good name for a four piece band! It’s not a new name by any means; it was first used around 1797 and probably refers to the undergraduates who lived in this part of the college.
The University of Oxford is steeped in history. One of its most famous colleges is Magdalen College (pronounced Maudlin), it was founded in 1458 and was designed to be one of the grandest in Oxford. Some famous alumni include Cardinal Wolsey of Henry VIII fame, Oscar Wilde and CS Lewis.
As you walk along the paths, go under the archways and enter the buildings, it’s easy to imagine you have stepped back in time or onto a film set. The worn stone steps could probably tell a story or two and there’s a certain romance about a visit here. The College is open to the public but there is an admission charge. This charge does includes an informative colour leaflet/guide book.
If you are visiting Oxford it is well worth spending a bit of time looking around this historic college. I hope these few pictures give you an idea of what you can expect to see.
Steps with character
The Founder’s Tower
Around the Cloisters
Steps to The Hall
Roses in Summer
The Water Walks
Stunning Sepia toned stained glass Chapel windows
Inside the Chapel with reredos screen at the far end
When we head south to Cornwall we often stop at the Tewkesbury Caravan Club site.It’s just a few minutes off the motorway and there’s enough to see and do in the town. We always include a visit the historic Tewkesbury Abbey.
The Abbey played a key role in the War of the Roses. Following a battle in the town the defeated Lancastrian soldiers took refuge in the Abbey but when the York army came calling they were handed over to be hanged on the town’s main street.
Here are a few photographs from our last visit to the Abbey.
I’ve not posted anything on the blog for a while but thought it was about time to add something new, so here is a quick post with a few photos from a recent visit to Cornwall.
The beaches are beautiful. Some have a rugged beauty, some have gorgeous sand and gentle lapping waves and others are great spots for capturing a sunset. Here’s a selection of pics from Newquay, St Ives and Godrevy.