Monday, 12 August 2019

A 2020 Visit to Tolkien's Hemlock Glade


Have you always wanted to see where Edith danced for Tolkien - almost 103 years to the day?  I'm taking advantage of the momentum from Tolkien2019 and will be leading a guided tour around Roos and all the East Yorkshire locations with a known Tolkien connection on Saturday 30th May 2020. I will be helped by fellow members of the Eastfarthing smial. We will be stopping off at Brooklands Officers' Hospital in Hull, Hornsea, Roos, Halsham, Thirtle Bridge, Withernsea, Easington & Kilnsea. All my latest findings will be imparted, and I intend to pepper my talk with readings from JRRT's works either inspired by the actual venues, or written whilst he was hospitalised in the area. 
The Former Brooklands Officers' Hospital
We will stop off at the Withernsea Lighthouse Museum where you will be able to visit the small Tolkien-related exhibition. The £2.50 entrance fee also permits a visit to the top of the 170 ft Lighthouse from where you may view Edith's lodgings. An exhibition to the 50's film star Kay Kendall is also at the lighthouse. A cafe and toilets is also available there, as well as several other venues on the route. 
Withernsea Lighthouse - very close to where Edith lodged

Uniquely, we will travel in convoy (sharing cars) and keep in touch using the modern equivalent of Tolkien as the Signalling Officer - walkie talkies! No longer than 30 minutes will be spent in cars between each venue.  However, if enough people book in advance we may be able to consider booking a minibus.
Kilnsea Acoustic Dish (1916/1917) - which would have been understood and possibly utilised by the Regimental Signalling Officer!

More specific information will become available nearer the time. If you are interested, please reply to this post, to give me an idea of the numbers. I'm thinking of 30 as a maximum, but at least 5 people must be interested in the event for it to be worth going ahead.  You may also send me an email to the address at the top of this page, please mention Hemlock Tour 30th May.

If you would prefer the following day, please let me know.

At the moment this event is only open to Tolkien Society members. I'm thinking of a nominal charge of £5, and then once my modest costs are covered anything over that will be donated to the Tolkien Society.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

High Tide Waders

Early August is a good time to catch up with waders at high-tide.  Knot, Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Golden Plovers and Ruff are especially colourful at the moment.    A lot more colourful than they will be in the Autumn anyway.  Meanwhile, some waders like Wood Sandpipers, Whimbrel and Little Stints may have even gone when classes resume in September.  There is even the chance of an extremely rare bird turning up, like a White-Rumped Sandpiper at Kilnsea Wetlands.  It is best to turn up before the high tide, and make yourself comfortable, and wait for more waders to arrive.  If the high tide is relatively early in the morning, you may get the places to yourself, but the later in the day the high tide occurs, the more likely that the venues will be busy.
Greenshank

 Wood Sandpiper 
 Little Stint
 Little Stints
 Immature Yellow Wagtail
 House Martin
House Martin 
 Sparrowhawk
 Sparrowhawk
 Painted Lady
 Common Blue
 Wall
 Wall
 Ruff
 ditto
 ditto
 Ruff
 Little Stint
 immature LRP?
 Common Sandpiper
 Common Sandpiper
 Common Sandpiper
 Wood Sandpiper
 Knot
 Black-tailed Godwit [2nd from right]
 Wood Sandpiper
 Wood Sandpiper
 Knot
[Red] Knot 
 Gatekeeper
 Wall
 Wall
 Golden Plover
 ditto

 Dunlin
 Dunlin & immature LRP?
 Golden Plover [Dunlin & Ringed Plover]
 Golden Plover [Dunlin & Ringed Plover]
 Spoonbill (and Redshank)
White-Rumped Sandpiper [left] and Dunlin  

White-Rumped Sandpiper [left] and Dunlin 
 Whimbrel
 Ringed Plover
 Knot & Redshank
 ditto
 ditto
 ditto
 Wall
Back at home one of the local Buzzards now seems a little easier to approach.
Buzzard