La Mola


In June of 2010 we were holidaying on the island of Menorca. The island has much to offer and although we have visited the island many times, we had never visited La Mola, a fortress situated just outside of Mahon.

The fortress of Isabel II, La Mola, is one of the major European fortresses built in the 19th Century.

Queens Gate, entrance to La Mola, Mahon, Menorca

Built during the period 1848 to 1875 it was largely out of date before construction was complete.

The fort became a victim of technological advances, the change from muzzle loading artillery to the more powerful breech loading variety, complete with rifled bores. Instead of grouping the guns within the fortress, a series of coastal batteries were introduced.

The Loopholed Gallery – La Mola, Mahon, Menorca

This gallery, 390 meters long, is formed by 48 arches that house 48 casemates, in each of which there are two loopholes for riflemen. This defensive front served to defend the moat.

Saint Philips Castle and the British tower Saint Felipet – Mahon, Menorca
View of Clot de La Mola

In this small inlet, ships would anchor, during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Hornworks

This is the first line of defense against a land attack and where the main artillery pieces were placed.

A tranquil mooring, La Mola
The rugged coastline surrounding La Mola
The rugged coastline surrounding La Mola

Hopefully, these few pictures give you some idea of La Mola. The place is huge and you need to allow a good couple of hours to do it justice,

Langstone Mill


Langstone Mill, Hampshire, England

Langstone Mill dates from the 1700’s when the windmill was built. Subsequently, in the 1800’s, the mill and the mill store were built. The windmills distinctive black colour is due to the tarred outer skin which is resilient to the effects of coastal weather.

View From The Conservatory


I know we are still officially in Winter, but a little bit of sunshine and elevated temperatures soon convince the plants to venture above soil level.

Amaryllis

This is one of two Amaryllis, a gift from my sister. I’m ashamed to say they were neglected and started to grow in the delivery package before I acquired suitable soil and pots. With suitable nurturing it is leaping skywards although at this stage it does remind me of The Little Shop of Horrors.

Outside, on the decking, I now have a number of pots and troughs, starting to show the fruits of bulb planting late last year.

Only yellows at the moment, but time will reveal more, I’m sure.

IFOS 2001 – Retrospective


As for many of us, I have had a bit of time on my hands. Some of that time I am spending going thru my old photos. And so I have come to browse some photos from a little under twenty years ago.

I had recently purchased my first digital camera, an Olympus C-2040Z. 2001 was also the year of the International Festival Of the Sea (IFOS). This was in place of the annual Navy Days and a much grander affair. The focus was shifted, very slightly, away from the Royal Navy warships and the event became a celebration of the sea and the history and heritage from around the world.

Here, I present a selection of pictures from the day that I spent at a super event.

Continental Car Ferry – P&O Catamaran Arriving from France
Flag Officer Spithead – Insignia
HMS Victory
Tall Ships
ARM Cuauhtemoc
Christian Radich & Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Stiltwalkers
Lord and Lady Cod ?
Handsome Couple
Jelly Fish ?
Buxom Wenches
Seagull
A Kazoo or Two
Julia Mary – A Gabbart Sailing Yacht
Steel Drum Band
Far left – RNLB William and Kate Johnston (ON 682) was a Barnett-class lifeboat stationed at New Brighton in the English county of Merseyside from the summer of 1923
Miscellaneous Craft
HMS Nottingham – Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy
Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Jacob Van Heemskerck (F812)
Research Vessel Triton
RV Triton
RFA Argus (A135)
Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Jacob Van Heemskerck (F812)
The luxury yacht LILIAN OF STOCKHOLM
A Family Of Frigates
Helicopter Ballet
Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter
A Flurry of Flags
Helicopter On A Stick
Standing Room Only
Smell The Roses
Posing For The Spectators
Chinook
Chinook
All Smoke And Mirrors
Patriotic Puppet
Patriotic Puppet
Historic Street Market
Cumberland Guard
Beautiful
Pocket Rocket
Cumberland Guard
Continental Car Ferry – Arriving From France
Continental Car Ferry – Arriving From France
Figurehead – ARM Cuauhtemoc
Tall Ship – Artemis