We went to the Lowdham Book Festival. It lasted almost a week, though we only attended the last day [Saturday 29 June 2013]. Most of the talks were held in the Women's Institute Hall. There ws also a café,and stalls selling books
further along the main street. Parking was available in the recreation grounds, where a cricket match was taking place in the afternoon.
Authors were in attendance talking about their books- fiction and non-fiction, and books were on sale and authors signed their books.
The village is attractive with mainly red-brick houses, nice gardens and an old inn.
A brook runs behind the houses and the recreation ground.
Lowdham village is divided into two parts by the motorway.
There used to be a mill and castle but we were on the wrong side of the village.
Albert Ball was the most famous British flying ace of the First World War. He is credited with 42 air combat victories against German aircraft and was awarded the MC, DSO, Russian Order of St. George, French Legion d'Honneur and the Victoria Cross. He achieved all this in just two years before he was killed in 1917, aged 20, following a dogfight with Lothar von Richtoven, the Red Baron. There is some dispute over which of these two flying aces was the greatest. In their final dogfight, Ball had riddled the Red Baron's plane with bullets, forcing him to crash land. The Red Baron stepped unharmed out of the wreckage, But, Ball's plane had been hit too, and moments later he came crashing out of the sky to his death. Richtoven was killed the following year, credited with 40 air combat victories - two fewer than Ball.
If you are interested in finding out more about Albert Ball, several of books have been written about him over the years from "Captain Ball, V.C." Briscoe, Stannard & Jenkins (1918), through "The Boy Hero" W. Briscoe (1920) and "Albert Ball, V C, DSO" R. Kiernan (1933) to "Albert Ball, V.C" C. Bowyer (1977). His dress uniform and leather flying helmet are kept at the Imperial War Museum in London, while pens, pencils and a one pound note recovered from his body are on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon.
He came from Nottingham and his impressive statue stands in the grounds of Nottingham Castle.
One of the best known pubs in Nottingham is Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalum, generally regarded as the oldest pub in England.
Established in the 12th Century, the inner walls of the Trip ( as its known ) are carved out of the sandstone under the csatle. It also serves anything from the traditional fine ales in a pub to good ' pub grub ' and is a experience like nothing else !
The 100 bus goes outside the city to Southwell. The journey takes about 20+ minutes.
This quaint small town has a gorgeous Norman minster, Byron connections, a pub where Charles the First spent his last night of freedom before his capture by the roundheads, a National Trust Victorian workhouse and even a racecourse!
I always pop into the traditional sweetshop before taking the bus back.
Bus stop is in King Street.
Southwell has a folk music festival in early June.
It is held annually, please check the website for dates. It is held in the Sherwood Forest, and alot more people than i expected attended! There were jousting tornaments in a Robin Hood style, archery for all ages, craft stalls, people dressed up as characters, and much more! Was a great day out if you can get into the spirit of it. We did :)
Drive or get the bus(N.o 7) to Woodborough village in July or August. Follow a public footpath(marked on the ordnance survey map) starting on the corner of a t-junction near the Woodborough Hall Hotel in the direction of Calverton and several fields later you can catch the scent wafting from behind a hedge. You come to a huge field with rainbow rows of every of variety of rose. On a hot day it's intoxicating!
I have a painting of the scene by a local artist.
a few days before christmas, we went for a walk. a longish walk. following the nottingham canal through the city centre, past lots of narrow-boats, past joggers, homeless guitarists through to the industrial parts of beeston. no more people. just a canal and factories on each side. with ever-lowering sun. and mist. and cold. and leafless trees. then back to life at the beeston loch. where the river trent meets the canal. and makes marshy boggy wetlands with billabongs.
and so we found the attenborough nature reserve. cheek by jowl with industrial heartland of the midlands. birds and otters sandwiched between the radcliffe power station and a railway track. somehow beautiful all the same. this is life. all mixed up together. welcome to the midlands.
the picture is of the sun setting over one of the billabongs with the smoke from radcliffe power station in the background. i call it a billabong because i don't know what else to call it. i will have to ask an english person. it's too small for a lake. too big for an oversized pond. a top-ender from the NT can only think in terms of billabongs!
Nottingham's caves are unusual in that they are not natural, limestone caves, but man-made sandstone ones. Most of them have been hacked out of Castle Rock, under Nottingham Castle. At different times in history, they have been used as storerooms, dwellings, air-raid shelters, bars and museums.
Green's Windmill in Sneinton, was built by one of Nottingham's greatest sons, George Green (1793-1841): a brilliant mathematician and scientist. The son of a miller- baker, he entered Cambridge University at the age of 40. He went on to write his famous "An Essay on the Applications of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of Electricity and Magnetism". Green's Therem and Green's Functions are still used today.
Nottingham Canal opened in 1796. Originally, it extended 15 miles from Langley Mill to the River Trent in Nottingham. Nowadays only a 2.5 mile stretch remains in central Nottingham, from Lenton chain to the Trent. You can pay to travel on canal barges, or walk for free along the canal tow paths.
The world's first home video recorder was designed and manufactured in Nottingham in 1963 by the Nottingham Electronic Valve Company. They marketed the Telcan video recorder for £62, which was a lot of money in those days. You can see the Telcan video recorder at Nottingham Industrial Museum.
The Royal Children in Castle Gate is one of several historically interesting pubs in the Nottingham Castle area. It reputedly takes its name from the fact that royal children, staying at the castle, played with the innnkeeper's children here. The particular royal children in question were the grandchildren of King James II. His daughter, Princess Anne stayed in th castle, with her children, in 1688.
Inside the pub there is the shoulder blade of a whale, which once hung outside, advetising the fact that whale oil was sold here. The Royal Children was one of the first places in Nottingham to use oil lamps rather than candles.
The Crown Inn, in Beeston was originally a sixteenth century cottage. Inside it, the confessional (the inn is in Church Street, behind the church) is one of the smallest and oldest serving bars in England. In 1830 the inn was purchased by a captain from the Queen's regiment, who named it the Crown. It is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a cavalier.
It's listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, and it's my favourite pub in Beeston. They show live Sky Premiership football, which you may see either as a good or a bad thing, depending on whether or not you like pubs that show football.
The first Unitarian chapel was built on High Pavement in the 1680s. But, this was largely rebuilt, and is now used as the Pitcher and Piano bar and restaurant. In the eighteenth century a second Unitarian chapel was opened in Halifx Place, but this is now the Lace Market Theatre. The Unitarians moved to their new chapel , a former lace warehouse in Plumptre Street, in 1982 .
In the grounds of Nottingham Castle, you can still see some of the ruins of the original 12th century castle, including the foundations of the Middle Bailey wall and lower section of the north-eastern tower, the Middle Bailey Bridge and Gatehouse. Most of these ruins are to the right of the modern castle, as you enter.