Last Sunday we took a trip to Beamish which, for those of you who didn't live close enough to first visit there on a school trip, is a 'living museum' - 300 acres of reconstructed period buildings including farms, villages and even a drift mine!
Eventually I will get around to sharing photos of the Suffragette Celebrations and re-enactments which was our main reason for visiting on that particular day however ... for now let me share some of the Scavenger Hunt items I found while I was there.
[If you want to play along with the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt then make sure to visit host Rinda over at Gallo Organico for all the details.]
Item No.6: Someone or something taking a nap
After walking around half the site we stopped in The Town, for a sit down in the sunshine, on the hill listening to the silver band [like a brass band ... without the brass]. And James took full advantage of this moment of rest:
... to be fair, taking photos of James napping is like shooting fish in a barrel - not much of a challenge, he's a man who likes his sleep - but then ... my sister pointed out that, just behind him, there was another example of napping just waiting to be snapped.
So ... nonchalantly ... I slightly raised my lens to capture this teenager completely and utterly flat out in the background:
Item No.14: A stained glass object or a mosaic
creen inside the Masonic Hall in The Town.
Item No.11: An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.
Like Jurassic Park Beamish has quite a few animals in it's recreated vintage style settings. Unlike Jurassic Park ... none of them were dinosaurs, which was a shame as I still need to find one to tick off the list!
But what they did have was ...
A big pig down by the railway sheds at Pockerley Waggonway:
And a near-camouflaged pig up at Pockerley Old Hall:
Goats and chickens in the gardens of the Pit Village:
And perhaps the most important animal of the day ...
... the beautiful horse that pulled the carriage carrying the coffin for the re-enactment of the funeral procession of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. [Much more on that when I blog the event another day].
And now for perhaps the category that appealed to me the most ...
Item No.7: A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny
This is a category of things that I have blogged about for years ... so it was great fun to seek out some genuine vintage signs for this one!
As it was a suffrage themed day I had to include at least on of their protest signs - not that there were many funny ones, obviously - but I must admit to smiling at the anachronistic slogan painted on the placard at the front of this mini-march:
Now then, dog lovers ... please don't be offended by this ... anyone who knows I'm dog-phobic may understand why this one caught my eye:
[Fortunately I can smile and keep my tongue in my cheek while sharing this one!]
And this next one - from the pit pony field - displays an equally no nonsense, straight talking attitude:
And finally ... one very specific set of instructions ...
If you're a history lover, like the outdoors, and love a day filled with amazing photo-opportunities ... and if ever find yourself up that way [near County Durham in the North East of England] ...
- then you really should treat yourself to a day at Beamish [and no, they're not paying me to say that!]
- you can find their website here
- and their Facebook page here
I'm having a short break [where I'll be seeking out some more items to cross off the hunt list!] so I'm not going to be online over the next few day. So, I'll catch up with any messages or emails as soon as I can afterwards.
See you soon.
See you soon