Some short sets from mid-to-late February


Tram at the Beamish open-air museum just north-west of Chester-le-Street.  The museum has recently created a “pass” entrance, valid for a year, which is ideal for repeat visits from locals – the site is rather too large for one visit.  This first set of pictures is from the Town area [54 53 22 N, 1 39 38 W], which is set in 1913.

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The garage, complete with (literal) show room.


Kitchen from a house in Ravensworth Terrace – housing for professionals, “relocated” from Gateshead.  Look carefully in the mirror and you can spot the picture taker!


Office of a “jobmaster” in the stables area.


The slightly creepy hall of the Masonic Lodge.

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A couple of interesting fungi pictures spotted at the Low Barns nature reserve [54 40 40 N, 1 45 7 W] just outside the charming village of Witton-le-Wear.  (L) the unmistakeable Hoof fungus (Fomes fomentarius) – also known as the tinder fungus.  (R) Possibly the (inedible) Soft Slipper fungus (Crepidotus mollis), but possibly the (edible) oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) given that this was February.


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Pictures from Durham University’s Botanic Garden.

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A dead tree being digested by Ganoderma applanatum, which apparently and rather oddly can be put to use a drawing medium, hence the alternative name the “Artist’s conk”.

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Most likely to be the supposedly edible (but not terribly appealing) Velvet Shank fungus (Flammulina velutipes), spotted on a fallen tree on the river banks.

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Probably a purple jelly fungus, spotted from canal banks near Bradford (early Feb).

Beamish Town and Durham Botanical Gardens