Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)

Pop by 'n say hi!Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) The Pulpit Rock in Rogaland, Norway towers 604 metres (almost 2,000 feet) above the Lysefjord. It is thought the Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen in Norwegian, formation was created around 10,000 years ago when water seeped into cracks in rocks and once adjacent rocks were carried away by a glacier. Pulpit Rock is the most famous attraction in the Stavanger region and can be appreciated from below on Lysefjorden or by trekking to the top. There are daily sightseeing cruises from Stavanger run by Rødne. The tours last 3 hours and leave from Skagenkaien in the centre of Stavanger. Of course if you are of a more active inclination, you will want to climb the Pulpit Rock. You’re in luck: there is a well marked path which you can reach from Stavanger by ferry and a connecting bus. The ferry from Fiskepirterminalen in central Stavanger takes you to Tau in around half-an-hour. From there you take a connection bus from alongside the ferry dock to the Pulpit Rock cabin, the start of the path. The hike take you along a 3 km, well-marked path, climbing 350 metres to reach the Pulpit Rock. You should […]

Where to stay in Stavanger on a Budget

Pop by 'n say hi!Where to stay in Stavanger Where to stay in Stavanger, is a list of some of the accommodation options available in Stavanger. In the previous posts we talked a little about what there is to see and do in Stavanger. In this latest post on the Stavanger Region, we look at some accommodation options. Where to stay in Stavanger: Bed and Breakfasts When considering where to stay in Stavanger, if you don’t want the formality of a hotel, why not consider a Bed and Breakfast or guest house? On the Stavanger Region website, you can find around ten guest houses and Bed & Breakfasts in different parts of the city. One which is not listed there, but gets great reviews is Darby’s Inn Bed and Breakfast which promises historic charm at a short walk from the centre of Stavanger. Where to stay in Stavanger: Hostels A youth hostel is another budget option when thinking about where to stay in Stavanger. Hostels are great especially if travelling in a group and are happy to bunk in a shared room, or if you are backpacking alone and want to exchange travel tales with other intrepid tourists. There are […]

Rogaland, Norway: Fjords, Beaches, Islands and more

Pop by 'n say hi!Rogaland Rogaland, in western Norway, is one of 19 counties that make up the Kingdom. Rogaland is a popular tourist destination, with fjords, beaches and islands. The principal city is Stavanger and like Stavanger, Rogaland is known as a centre of the oil industry in Norway. Rogaland, bordering the county of Hordaland, to the north, is also a part of fjord Norway. The Lysefjord is just minutes from Stavanger and the precipice, Preikestolen (or Pulpit Rock) which towers above teh fjord is one of Norway’s most visited attractions. The post picture shows the M/S Rogaland passenger ship docked at her home port, in Stavanger Harbour. She was built in 1929 as a steam ship by Stavanger Støberi og Dok: a 57 metre (190 foot) long passenger ship that can carry 100 passengers. She was a passenger ship, providing a coastal service. M/S Rogaland ferried passengers along the 220 kilometres (140 miles) that separate Bergen and Stavanger. M/S Rogaland’s life has not all been plain sailing – she was sunk during the Second World War when a nearby ammunition barge exploded. She had to undergo significant repairs after significant damage was caused. After the war she changed […]

Stavanger: Gateway to Fjord Norway

Pop by 'n say hi!Stavanger: gateway to Fjord Norway Stavanger, in the county Rogaland, is the third largest urban zone in Norway (after Oslo and Bergen), but don’t let the big-city status deter you! Central Stavanger is easily negotiable on foot, from the small, wooden white house of the old town (Gamle Stavanger) to Øvre Holmegate in the centre – the famous shopping street with characteristically coloured constructions across the harbour. Stavanger is considered the centre of the oil industry in Norway, but this hasn’t in any way taken from it’s charm. The city is towards the south of Fjord Norway with the Lysefjord, just a short boat ride from the the city centre harbour. But you don’t even have to step outside the city to find something to do, or even have to splash out a lot of cash. The compact size of the city makes discovering the city on foot a piece of cake (or perhaps a skolleboller – don’t leave without trying one in a konditori) – be sure to take in Øvre Holmegate, the 900-year old Stavanger Catherdal, Old Stavanger and Breiavatnet: the lovely lake in the centre of the city. If you’re worried about missing […]

Saucer Magnolia: Lennei Magnolia Hybrid

Pop by 'n say hi!Saucer Magnolia: Magnolia x Soulangiana ‘Lennei’ Saucer Magnolia is a hybrid plant in the genus Magnolia and one of the most commonly used magnolias in horticulture in the British Isles and beyond. The saucer magnolia or Magnolia x Soulangiana was initially bred by Étienne Soulange-Bodin, one of Napoleon’s soldiers. The French crossed Magnolia denudata with M. liliiflora in 1820 at his château, close to Paris. The saucer magnolia is also known as ‘Lennei’. It is a large shrub, growing up to 6 m, with large leaves and flowers. The large leaves are ovate and can reach 25 cm. The flowers are goblet-shaped, deep rose-purple outside and white on the inside. Saucer magnolia, unlike many other magnolias is known for it’s tolerance to wind and alkaline soils, making it easy to cultivate. They grow well in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shelter. The Royal Horticultural Society have much more information on cultivating magnolias. The post capture shows a Saucer Magnolia captures last weekend at Westonbirt Arboretum close to the Roman city of Bath in the South-West of Great Britain. We post regularly on exhibitions at London photography galleries. We also post on a wide […]

Enkianthus Campanulatus: Redvein Enkianthus

Pop by 'n say hi!Enkianthus Campanulatus Enkianthus Campanulatus (also known as Redvein Enkianthus) is the hardiest of the Enkianthus species, rewarding cultivators with bell-shaped (campanula), creamy white flowers with red veins. The plant was brought to England by Charles Maries (British botanist) from Japan. The Enkianthus Campanulatus plant is native to north-east Asia, in fact growing in the same kinds of places as rhododendrons: the King of the Shrubs. Since introduction, it has been used as an ornamental plant in parks and gardens the up and down the country. In fact, Enkianthus Campanulatus has been granted the status of an Award of Garden Merit, by the Royal Horticultural Society in recognition of its excellence for garden use, consistency of the delicious autumn colour which it is renowned for. Enkianthus Campanulatus grows in acid or neutral soil and is quite easy to care for, mostly just needing pruning and for dead wood to me removed once the plant has flowered. Enkianthus Campanulatus are happiest in partial shade and can be bought from the Royal Horticultural Society’s online shop. They can also be bought at plant nurseries in Cornwall, Surrey and Sussex. The post image shows an Enkianthus Campanulatus plant captured at […]

Rhododendron: the King of Shrubs

Pop by 'n say hi!Rhododendron: the King of Shrubs Rhododendrons are considered the best flowering evergreen plants for the temperate landscape. For plants of interest with vibrancy and variability of flower colour, few groups of plants can better [than] Rhododendrons. The rhododendron genus contains around 800 species, although mainly found in Asia, thanks to the work of plant collectors such as Sir Joseph Hooker, George Forrest, Ernest Wilson and Joseph Rock, amongst others, they can be grown in Britain. The Holford family, who were responsible for establishing the National Arboretum in South-West England, not only cultivated rhododendron, but also grew new interesting hybrids. Many of these unusual hybrids can be found today at the Westonbirt Arboretum. In it’s native Asia the rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. The name rhododendron, though, comes from the Ancient Greek for ‘rose tree’: when the rhododendron was first introduced to Britain in 1656 they were know as the Alpine Rose. The post photograph shows a rhododendron shot at the Westonbirt Arboretum over the weekend. Of the many species I came across, without doubt, the most popular rhododendron with the bees was the the Rhododendron Cynthia! We post regularly on exhibitions at London photography […]

Arboretum: what is an arboretum?

Pop by 'n say hi!Arboretum: what is an arboretum? Yesterday we posted an image of a Dotted Hawthorn (Crataegus punctata) shot at the Westonbirt Arboretum in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (South-West Britain), but what is an arboretum? In the narrowest sense an arboretum is a collection of trees, though modern arboreta are typically Botanical Gardens containing collections of woody plants. The Scottish botanist, John Claudius Loudon was the first to use the term arboretum in an English publication, though it’s though the term was already long-established at that point. In Britain, the best known arboreta are the Westonbirt Arboretum (or National Aboretum), close to the Roman city of Bath, and Kew Gardens in West London, which is a Botanical Garden set within an arboretum. At 300 acres (121 hectares), the arboretum at Kew Gardens has about half the area of the National Arboretum, though Kew Gardens is the older of the two with original botanical garden dating back to 1759. The post photograph shows a wildflower shot at the Westonbirt Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission. You will find wildflowers peppered across the 600 acre arboretum. Westonbirt is one of the top gardens to visit in the […]

Westonbirt Arboretum – National Arboretum

Pop by 'n say hi!Westonbirt Arboretum Westonbirt Arboretum, close to the historic Cotswolds market town of Tetbury is a Grade One listed landscape consisting of 600 acres (240 hectares) of land on which 18,000 plants and shrubs of 3,000 different species are planted. The arboretum was started in 1829 by Robert Stayner Holford. Westonbirt Arboretum is a stone’s throw from Westonbirt House, once the Holford family country house, now Westonbirt School. It was the Victorian era and ever curious Brits were keen to explore the furthest reaches of the British Empire. Holford financed expeditions to bring plants and trees from the four corners of the globe, founding the Old Arboretum. Robert Holford’s son, Sir George, picked up where his father left off and continued to develop the arboretum from the 1880s. The Forestry Commission was handed the Westonbirt Arboretum in 1956 and today the National Arboretum receives 350,000 visitors a year. Today Westonbirt Arboretum is a venue for the annual Westonbirt 10 K race, concerts, weddings and other private functions and concerts. In fact this June, British singer-songwriter, Tom Odell is performing for one night only. Westonbirt Arboretum is close to Cirencester in the Cotswolds, Bath and Bristol, just 20 […]

England’s smallest Church? Culbone Church

Pop by 'n say hi!England’s Smallest Church? England’s smallest church is St Beuno’s Church in Culbone according to some sources. Culbone is a Somerset Hamlet located in Exmoor National Park. The contender for England’s smallest church is only accessible by foot; a two mile walk from Porlock Weir, one of the most beautiful places in Somerset. A little more research reveals that St. Beuno’s may, no longer, hold the title of England’s smallest church! Slightly more famous in Britain are St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Gloucester Cathedral (popular with Harry Potter fans) or even St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. Sir Chrisptoher Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral is 158 m long, with the 111 m high dome visible from much of central London. In contrast St. Beuno’s is a mere ten metres (35 feet) long, seats just 30 people and is inaccessible by road. Though only 10 feet wide, Culbone Church is not the smallest church in England according to the Guinness Book of Records. That title is held by Bremilham Church near Malmesbury in Wiltshire. England’s smallest church is 4 m by 3.4 m. The church was consecrated 30 years ago and the building was used by its previous owners for […]