Stoke On Trent

September 19, 2011

I really want to share what UCB UK is like, at least the outside and surrounding countryside. They are situated at Stoke On Trent which historically is known for all the pottery that has been made here. Stoke On Trent is the home of Wedgewood, Royal Doulton and others. Stoke is in the Staffordshire region which also had considerable coal mining and that meant the the skies over this region were particularly black…the potteries and coal combined to make Stoke a rather unpleasant place to live. Some of the potteries are still here, others have left and the coal mines are all closed and the skies over England in general are much cleaner now since the clean air bill was passed in Parliament years ago and coal is no longer burned in fireplaces and stoves, everything is gas and electric these days. So living in Stoke On Trent isn’t as gloomy as it used to be.

It’s true that there isn’t a huge amount of things to do in Stoke, but it’s a nicer place to visit these days nonetheless and this is the home base for UCB UK. They have a fabulous facility, an amazing testimony to what God can do with willing people without any money…it is without a doubt a miracle.

So here are a few photos of the grounds around the UCB facility (the broadcasting facility that is) and the immediate countryside that they’re in the middle of.



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Pretty As A Picture

September 16, 2011

The Brit’s really do know how to make beautiful gardens and I’ve really enjoyed photographing the flowers that are in bloom right now at the tail end of the summer. After we trekked to Trafalga Square we walked under the 3 arches that lead up to Buckingham Palace but we took a left turn and walked through the stunning parklands instead and walked the longer way around and I’m so glad we did. The parklands were really beautiful with lovely duck ponds and beautifully tended gardens and we even met a few squirrels along the way as well. That was a real treat because squirrels are not something you see in Oz.



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