Anthony J Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Asparagus Soup

Anthony J Sargeant uses the trimmings of fresh local asparagus to make delicious soup.


Wonderful English Asparagus is in season. But when you snap off the ends of asparagus do not throw the pieces away – put them to one side (top of picture) then thinly slice with a sharp nice (see right). If you feel the stem starting to resist and becoming woody discard that last portion (see left discards).

See the next post for the following step.

Anthony J Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Buildwas Abbey (near Ironbridge, Shropshire, England)


Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on a sunny summer’s day. This Fabulous site is maintained by English Heritage. Tranquil and peaceful even though just a short distance from the World Heritage Site which is Ironbridge and which is packed with tourists. We had the site almost to ourselves apart from one or two other visitors as can be seen from this picture. This fabulous ruin of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey was a victim of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.

Anthony J Sargeant, Shropshire

Buildwas Abbey, Near Ironbridge, Shropshire, England


Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant during a visit to the abbey on a fine summers day.

Maintained by English Heritage and open to the public it is a truly impressive building. The remains are of a Cistercian Abbey built in the 12th Century but destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII. It is a short drive away from the UNICEF designated ‘World Heritage Site’ which is Ironbridge Gorge – where the Industrial Revolution gathered momentum in the late 18th Century. But this site close to the banks of the River Severn is not on the tourist trail (thank goodness) –  it is so beautiful and tranquil. Let us hope that not too many people discover it!


Anthony J Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Shropshire was very wet this morning


Photographed on the 31st March 2018 by Anthony J Sargeant from a the bedroom window of his Shropshire home looking east across the water meadows that surround the small River Corve that normally runs through the middle. This morning after torrential rain and some weeks of melting snow on the hills the river flooded out across the meadows.

Anthony J Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Shropshire Winter Sunset – January 2018


Dramatic sunset in Shropshire, England,  photographed by Anthony J Sargeant from the garden of his Shropshire home at 5.10 pm on the 27th January 2018. There was a brisk westerly wind sending the clouds scudding across the sky. In the meadow across the lane stands an ancient Oak silhouetted against the sky