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A Blog in Pictures: Appreciating my local picturesque Scenery

A Blog in Pictures: Appreciating my local picturesque Scenery.

Sometimes we forget to appreciate what is on our doorstep, with the longer lighter nights of summer it is time to get out more and enjoy our local surroundings and that is exactly what I did.  The following collection of photographs are all taken on my 3G iphone, they capture my local rural picturesque scenery that I appreciate here in North East Lincolnshire.

The Long farm track across the fields of North East Lincolnshire

The beautiful sky of North East Lincolnshire

Eerie over Low Farm North East Lincolnshire

Is this tree giving me the finger!

Heading on through Low Farm

looking back to Weelsby woods

Stunning sky of Lincolnshire

Horses in the field

A new friend a grey horse

Horses grazing

Farm track to Low farm

Another Angle on Low Farm

Fabulous sky

Big fluffy clouds

Biking up the farm track home

clouds in lincolnshire

The skys over the fields

arty shots

Skys over Grimsby

The fields

The Sun


A Blog in Pictures: ‘My Adventures at the Lincolnshire show’

The Lincolnshire Show

This years Lincolnshire Show  was a roaring success, celebrating its 127th Show at the Grange de Lings Showground Lincoln.  The show took place over two consecutive days in June.  As a Lincolnshire born lass or a ‘Yellow Belly’ as some may say, it is a somewhat tradition to attend the big annual event.


The event is known for it agriculture with farmers from across the country collectively bringing their best livestock to compete for best categories. Along with livestock the show is appreciated by the equestrian world with equine events from show-jumping, dressage and cross-country. With over 600 trade stands to suit all walks of life selling everything from exercise equipment to rubber wellies! A favourite attraction to the Lincolnshire is the food stalls, with lots of home-made mouth-watering food to taste and purchase. I especially enjoyed a spot of shopping in the ‘Mews’ as well as the craft, home interior tents and I even Celebrated the launch of my friends new business ‘Unreal Gardens’ Below is just a collection of pictures of my own adventures at the 2011 Lincolnshire Show ENJOY!

For the Official Lincolnshire Show Website please CLICK HERE –            

The Mews Lincolnshire Show


Linconshire in Focus stand with the Lantana buggy


Outside the Lincolnshire in Focus stand on the Lantana buggy

With Lindsay Cowie with the copy of Lincolnshire in Focus I contributed an interior article


The Lincolnshire in focus team

With some stuffed horse I so wanted to win!


uncle Henrys

Mr Fruit & Veg at Uncle Henrys stand


Sat with Mr Fruit and Veg at Uncle Henrys stand

Uncle Henrys award winning sausages

Uncle Henrys chocolate pigs YUM YUM

Andrew J Musson bespoke Tailor very cool outfit

Cakes from Battersby of bassingham


Battersby of Bassingham cakes

From the home of fish Chapmans finest fish cakes handmade in Grimsby

Lime tree pantry Pies


Home made cakes

Chocolate cupcakes

Stalls of cakes


pink candy

Cream mini victorian sponge cakes

cakes cakes cakes cakes

Handmade fudges

Mr Hudas


Meeting Mr Huda himself the surma secrets

Lincolnshire Show main arena

Funny goofy goat

Lincolnshire show

Channel 7 Lincolnshires Local TV channel filming unreal gardens

John Stobart from Unreal Gardens being interviewed by Emma Lingard Channel 7

John Stobart from Unreal Gardens being interviewed by Emma Lingard Channel 7

Nina Stobart from unreal gardens

And finally I was arrested by the local bobby!









A blog in pictures “My adventures at Spurn Point Heritage Coast”

Last month I made a visit to the wonderful Spurn Point Heritage Coast. I took along my mountain bike so I could explore and my i-phone to take the pictures. Spurn Point Heritage coast is a wonderful coastline which consists of a long, curving hook of shingle and sand arcing into the mouth of the River Humber. Find below a blog in pictures of my wonderful adventures at Spurn Point.

Miles of beautiful untouched coast at Spurn point

The coast at Spurn point

Kilnsea Caravan site at the start of Spurn point

Out on my mountain Bike enjoying the Spurn point coast line

Beautiful beaches at Spurn Point looking out to the North Sea

Riding on my bike on the narrow road Spurn point

Traveling on my bike toward the famous Spurn Point Lighthouse

Spurn point light house

Spurn point light house

upclose the Spurn Point Lighthouse

The sun shining on the lighthouse

The light house at Spurn point

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Spurn point

spurn point coast

spurn point coast road

spurn point coast road

spurn point coast road

Spurn Point looking out into the River Humber

Spurn Point looking out into the River Humber

Spurn Point looking out into the River Humber

The pebbles at spurn point

The pebbles at spurn point


The North Sea side of Spurn Point

North sea waves at Spurn point


Spurn Point Beaches

Spurn Point Beaches

The Erosion of the coast line at Spurn Point


The Erosion at Spurn Point


The Erosion shown on the coastline at Spurn Point


Spurn Point Nature Reserve

To find out more about the amazing Spurn Point Heritage coast please take a look at the following links below

The Wildlife trust 

Spurn Bird Observatory 

Seven Man Made Wonders 

Spurn Point 

Spurn Wiki 

Spurn Head taken from the air in 1979 image from Wikipedia


Map of Spurn point




The ‘Power’ of a Greedy Bridlington Seagull

The Power of a Greedy Bridlington Seagull that swept through the nation like bird Flu!

The Greedy Bridlington Seagull eating a chip that swept through the nation like Birdflu Picture by Hannah Coleman as seen on the BBC

I met this cheeky Herring Gull who was hungry for chips in Bridlington. He was fascinating to watch and  wasn’t scared of anyone all he wanted was  chips. I took many snaps of him on my i-phone, it was only when I got back home to download the photographs  I found this amazing picture of him in mid gulp.  I tweeted the picture on to my Twitter account and was amazed at how many people retweeted the picture and the feedback received was incredible. Since then the Greedy seagull went Birdflu (viral) Mr greedy graced the pages of The Grimsby Evening Telegraph as the picture of the day.

Grimsby Evening Telegraph printed the seagull eating chip as the Picture of the day

Seagull eating chip in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph

Soon after the Greedy Gull appeared on Twitter and in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, his greediness created a national pandemic like birdflu since his 100 + retweets he has since appeared in the Daily Express

Followed by the BBC  who LOVED him and used him on the BBC  ‘The one show”

Seagull eating chip BBC the one show with Denise Welch

He then was used on Peter Levy’s BBC Look North programme TWICE!


Seagull eating chip BBC as seen on the one show and BBC look north

Most recently my seagull eating a chip was used on the main BBC UK news website and I was even name checked as the photographer!

Bridlington Seagull picture taken by Hannah Coleman as used by the BBC

The story on the Bridlington seagulls became the second most popular UK BBC news stories online dated 13th July 2011, here are two links to the BBC articles this one is more text with the picture this link is the video link as used on the news

BBC NEWS website as screen grabbed on the 13th July with my seagull eating chip on the main page

What a crazy frenzy Mr Greedy Seagull has had, he is now that famous he now has his own media agent, ‘Hot Spot Media’

The demand for him still continues that I now can sell prints, canvases, posters, mugs, wall murals and more products with him on if anyone is interested in purchasing any of the ‘Greedy Gull’  products then do get in touch with me via email 

I wonder if he will recover from his birdflu pandemic through the nation. Seagulls are going viral all over the world this funny YOUTUBE video of a seagull stealing a camcorder also went international viral.

Its been an amazing few weeks for “The Seagull Eating a Chip” photograph, I’ve been overwhelmed with the response especially as I took the canny snap on a 3G I-phone of all the cameras! I studied photography at Sandwell College back in 1992, but never did anything professionally with my qualification its amazing that 19 years on, a simple snap caught at the right time on my 3G i-phone has been a national sensation and I admit I’ve never felt so proud. 😉 I’ve just entered him into the BBC Country file calendar 2011 competition so fingers crossed they like him too 😉

To see more photographs and learn how of this very Greedy seagull go here

My adventures at Clumber Park

Clumber park is based in North Nottinghamshire, just south of Worksop, in the northernmost part of Sherwood Forest.

In early June 2011 I was lucky enough to spend a few days camping in the newly opened campsite at Clumber Park, below is my amazing adventures of Clumber park in pictures enjoy as I certainly did and highly recommend to all for more details on Clumber Park

The Coleman Tent all put up ready for my camping holiday at Clumber Park

The Clumber Park campsite has only recently opened. Pitch a tent from only £15.00 per night, how could I refuse to stay. Also on site are the ultra cool camping cabins (pods and wigwams) starting from only £38.00 per night these cool pods provide great accommodation for up to 5 people (next time I visit will be trying out a pod) Not only do you have the option of the pods and wigwams but there is also a Mongolian Yurt a 22 foot tent sleeping up to 4 people more details on the Clumber campsite is here

Clumber park pods

Clumber park pod

While camping in Clumber park, I had access to 3,800 acres of green open space, enjoyed walking down Europe’s longest double avenue of lime trees , which line the grand entrance. I hired a bike and went on a 20 mile bike route through the park, and enjoyed a meal in the on site restaurant, which used fresh ingredients picked from the Clumber park walled kitchen garden.

Follow Clumber  Park on twitter!/NTclumberpark

The walls of the walled kitchen garden

The walled Kitchen garden has a wealth of sights and smells to experience, from herbaceous borders, trees laden with heritage varieties of fruit.

Inside the walled kitchen garden Clumber park

looking down to the walled garden

walks around Clumber park

chapel of st mary Clumber park

Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, Clumber chapel was  built between 1886 and 1889

lots to see around Clumber park

While I stayed on the campsite at Clumber park I was delighted to learn about the discount on the bike hire, my daughter enjoyed the tag bike we hired as we did a 20 mile bike ride around Clumber park

Hiring bikes at Clumber park

amazing tree bark

Lots of amazing wildlife and nature to see at Clumber Park, the man made serpentine lake offers a 4 mile route around its banks, with amazing views from the ornamental bridge and opportunities for bird spotting, there are over 200 species living at Clumber Park including Mallards, Swans, Geese and Coots.

chocolate tree in the souvenir shop

Clumber Park is a perfect place for all the family take a look at this link tot he Clumber Discovery and Exhibition centre 

While I was camping at Clumber Park I had the great experience of the wartime weekend lots of fantastic pictures below from the weekend.

Clumber Park wartime weekend

wartime suitcases

wartime clumber park


wartime at clumber park

wartime dancing clumber park


wartime dancing clumber park


shopping for vintage


wartime shopping clumber park

wartime ladies


A mothering sunday tribute blog – I love my mum x

Mothering Sunday is a day to appreciate & remember all mums, step-mums, grandmas, and every who is a carer and supports the mothering roll, the list really is endless to what Mothering Sunday symbolizes. In my eyes mothering Sunday should be everyday and not just once a year! 😉  I love my mum and appreciate everything she does. My mum is one inspirational talented lady, from running her own business, to making crafts, baking, drawing, dancing and she even was on TV in the 1980’s with dance troupe rainbow. Mum at the age of 60 went back to university to obtain a degree in web design proving that age is just a number! and of course shes a fantastic grandma and we all love her to bits. So this blog is a tribute in photographs (and a video)  to how fabulous my mum is  – Happy Mothers Day mum xX

My mum in the 60's on holiday in cornwall

My mum with her FAB mum Granny Rose who sadly died of Breast Cancer when my mum was only 26 she died before I was born so I never got chance to meet her.

My young beautiful mum

My mum a snappy 60's dresser!

My mum on her wedding day she even made her own wedding dress!

Mum in the lake district my favorite picture of mum

mum in the lake district on her honeymoon

Mum with me as a baby ( we still have that rug)

Mum with my sister and me as a baby

On holiday in 80's in North Yorkshire, mum, sister and me

Fat Betty on the Yorkshire moors with mum, sister and me

Many years later I go back and revisit one of my fond child hood memorys

Mum and me in caravan

my christening, sister, mum, great nanna, me and dad

Mum her friend, daughter and me walking

My mum falling over on mums running race at school sports day

mum in the 80's in her rainbow dance troupe outfit

Mum in yellow with the dance troupe she was in called rainbow (80s)

mum and friends in the 80's

Mum with her tap dancing friends

mum boobs



Mum came to wales to meet her grandaughter

mum taking my daughter out for a stroll

Mum (grandma) baking with my daughter

mum with her hello kitty creation

and heres a cake I bought 😉

my sister, dad and mum on a walk



In March 2010, I had been tweeting with twitter friends  Su Butcher and  Roberta Ward and found out more about the amazing the charity EACH an East Anglia’s children’s Hospices.

Find out more about EACH Treehouse Appeal at this link

I was touched by the appeal and wanted to help and  support such an amazing Charity. I applied to run the Cardiff Half Marathon to help raise money, from the end of March 2010 I started doing daily VLOGS on you tube called exercise and Vlog not sitting down to blog as well as setting up a just giving page. In total an amazing £523.10 was raised for the EACH Treehouse appeal.

It was all worth while as today I received a wonderful letter of THANK YOU from Melanie Chew Director of fundraising and also the amazing WOW news that the Treehouse Appeal reached its £3 MILLION target I’ve scanned in a copy of the amazing news as I want to share it to everyone as its such fantastic news. See Every little Really does COUNT!

I would like to thank everyone who supported & donated towards the exercise & vlog raising money for the TREE house appeal, Marc Lawn, Andrew Dunning, Joe Thwaites, Su Butcher, Jason Gunn, Mr Knight, Deborah Shelton, Francoise Murat, Linda Hurst, Sarah Pearson, Jane Woods, Ed, Paul Weston, Pete Huxford, Ann Watson, Roberta Ward, Malcom, Robert Cameron, Emma Lingard, Will Miller & Sarah Beeny, Alex Lovera, Paul Collins, Adrian Melrose, Julie Driscoll, Jacqui – All your wonderful support helped towards this amazing TARGET – Job weldone  support such an amazing Charity, Every little really helps 😉