Nottingham

Nottingham Light Night 2022

Last weekend Light Night returned to Nottingham for the first time since 2020. It wasn’t quite as impressive as previous years but that’s understandable given current circumstances and there were still a lot of places taking part that we didn’t visit due to time constraints.

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Breck Hill Recreation Ground, Nottingham

I’ve passed Breck Hill Recreation Ground many times as its not far from Woodthorpe Grange Park but I’d never gone to have a proper look until the other week when I was on a random walk around the area. I went through the gate on what I consider the lower side of the rec ground, opposite to where the children’s playground is. It was very muddy so I didn’t venture in too far; it’s mostly just a large field though there is a nice wooded area that I did photograph.

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Woodthorpe Grange Park in the Fog

There was an unusual amount of fog last week that stayed around for several days. On Saturday I decided to head out for a walk and take some photos of the park in the fog. It was very quiet and while not quite as photogenic as when in the snow, still made for some atmospheric photos.

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Jay

The jay has become a regular visitor to our garden over the last month – even appearing on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. He seems particularly fond of the peanuts I regularly leave out for the squirrel.

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Jay

Last week I chanced to look out into our garden and saw this wonderful jay. I was taken a bit by surprise as we’ve never had one in the garden before but it was lovely to see it hopping around the trees and even taking a big chunk out of the fat balls!

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Nottingham Christmas Market

Last week I took a walk around the Christmas Market in Nottingham’s Market Square in order to take some photos. There’s no ice rink this year for obvious reasons and it’s also supposed to be more spread out than usual (after last year’s debacle), though it honestly didn’t feel any more spread out than usual to me. There are some familiar sights however such as the tree, the wheel, the helter skelter and the flashing snowflakes on the front of the Council House and the lights certainly do brighten up the gloomy evenings.

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Christmas at Wollaton

Last weekend we attended the Christmas light trail at Wollaton Hall which was really very good. This is the second year the hall has put on a trail through its grounds – we didn’t go last year for obvious reasons. The trail takes around an hour to explore and is simple to follow with each section having its own theme.

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Autumn at Woodthorpe Grange Park

Just over a week ago I took a walk around Woodthorpe Grange Park as I wanted to photograph the changing of the leaves. A surprising number were still green but there were also some beautuifl reds and golds on display.

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Squirrels

We’ve had a couple of squirrel visitors in our garden for several months now. One of them looks perfectly healthy, the other has an injury and at one point all of the fur on his right paw was missing, but now that seems to have grown back. Only the last photo shows the squirrel’s injury clearly, so if you’d rather not see that then simply stop scrolling after photo number five.

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Throwback Thursday: The Severn’s Building, Nottingham

A Grade II listed building, it dates from around 1450 and is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city. It used to be located near Middle Pavement, roughly near the old Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, but was moved closer to Nottingham Castle in 1970. Originally a merchant’s house it then became officers for a firm of architects, a wine business and then a lace museum; I’m not actually sure what use it has now.

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