The last snow of Spring 2018?

Snow melting on 2nd April following an overnight squall. The water chute, fed by springs and groundwater, is dry for much of the year. The more usually sedate stream is swelled considerably above normal.

And still it comes ...

Saturday 17th March 2018 the snow started falling again. This is the scene at The Barn 07:30 on Sunday 18th; clearly Spring is still yet to be sprung. (see also Photo).

The view from the hill Sunday 4th March 2018

Fabulous views across the Wye Valley following recent heavy snowfall as the big thaw begins. The A438 runs left to right towards the bottom; the River Wye is beyond the trees. Drovers Barn and Rhydspence Inn can be seen at extreme left of sweep. Running in late for a brief guest appearance is Dougie the Bearded Collie  (Douglas); twin brother Gussie (Angus) decided to sit this one out.

Spring has sprung

A short clip showing conditions aroud The Barn on the afternoon of Friday 2nd March 2018, supposedly the second day of Spring!

'Engaging with new audiences'

Community engagement on the waterways using digitisation, presented at the Annual Meeting of West Midlands Waterways Partnership held at Dudley Canal Trust on Wednesday 15.11.17.

Full video (duration 11 min 33) click here:

The Portland Vase - An Enigma in Glass

Narrated by GF on behalf of History West Midlands (see Links), this is the tale of arguably the most iconic piece of Roman cameo glass ever made and its more recent recreation by Stourbridge glassmaking artisans.

Whitney Toll Bridge Saturday 21.10.17

There was a surprise in store and a step back in time for those crossing the charming Whitney Bridge near the Herefordshire - Powys border where they were greeted by a WWI Guard of Honour. It's all part of the campaign to raise awareness and monies for the A.L Lewis Memorial Fund, Herefordshire's only local-born VC hero. See more at Links, Gallery, and Bits 'n' bobs.

Chance Brothers: A beacon of hope for the Black Country

An atmospheric overview of the history of Chance together with details of proposals by CGWHT (see Links) to rejuvenate the site as a multi-use facility for the benefit of the local community and beyond.