View along the recently refurbished promenade at Whitley Bay, north Tyneside.


(L) The priory church and (R) renovated Arts-and-Crafts-style room at the manor house of Mount Grace Priory (National Trust & English Heritage). The priory was a Carthusian “charterhouse”, where the monks had individual houses around a large cloister. In contrast to the Cistercian monasteries where all services took place in the monastery church, most services was conducted by the monks in their “cells”.


Pictures from a conference visit to Vienna in August.


(L) St. Stephen’s cathedral, or the Stephansdom, is a symbol of Vienna. Unfortunately that meant it was rammed with fellow tourists… (R) Part of the former imperial palace of the Hapsburgs, the Hofburg.

The Donauinsel (Danube island) is a long thin island created in the late 20th C by excavating a waterway parallel to the Danube to “absorb” floodwater. It has its own metro stop, which gives the impression of arriving in the middle of a river! The bridge in the middle distance is the Copa Cagrana pontoon footbridge.

Grand stairs at the historical main building of the University of Vienna. The university was founded in 1365, making it the oldest in the German-speaking world.

The Hebrew alphabet at the Vienna Jewish Museum. Seeing the names of the letters (written right to left of course!) makes the connection with Greek alphabet much clearer. The top line is the familiar “block”, print form of the letters, the middle line is a cursive form for hand-writing.

Late August


(L) Locomotive at the Tanfield Railway, stopped at Andrews House station. (R) Ford across the Wear, near Ireshopeburn.

July and August randoms 2019