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Sharing my birthday with Shakespeare

It still tickles me pink to know that I share my birth date with William Shakespeare. Sadly though his poetic skills didn’t wash off on me LOL

This statue of himself resides at Southwark Cathedral which I explored before I set off on my pilgrimage to Canterbury last month.

William Shakespeare in eternal repose at Southwark Cathedral

William Shakespeare in eternal repose at Southwark Cathedral

August 11, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, my life, places that I've been | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral. The window depicts pilgrims setting out from the nearby Tabard Inn (demolished in 1875) to Canterbury, as recalled in his Canterbury Tales.

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral.

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral.

Chaucer would have visited the church before his pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1368. One of the places I visited before I set off on my pilgrimage #inthefootstepsofChaucer last month. The volunteers at the church were just amazing, so helpful and interested in what I was doing.

Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340-1400)

August 10, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, my life, places that I've been, Project 101, travel, walks in the uk | , , , , | Leave a comment

Across the bay…..

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A beautiful day looking towards Ramsgate

I recently followed the Way of St Augustine from Ramsgate to Canterbury. This was my view as I walked to Ramsgate for the start of my journey.

August 7, 2017 Posted by | my life, places that I've been, walks in the uk | , , , | Leave a comment

Red sky at night

The last couple of days have been blazing hot with the accompanying clear skies which lends itself to amazing sunsets.

I captured this last night…the colour of the sun was absolutely stunning

June 19, 2017 Posted by | photography, places that I've been, sunset | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ironbridge, Shropshire

As part of my ongoing travel project; Project 101, I recently visited a delightful village in Shropshire; Ironbridge – birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

As part of the project, I’m visiting 101 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the Ironbridge Gorge, as well as the bridge that gave the area it’s name, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

This truly unique bridge, built in 1779 and opened on New Year’s Day 1781; was the first single-span arch bridge in the world made of cast iron. Located in the stunning Severn Gorge spanning the River Severn – the U.K.’s longest river, Ironbridge is an absolute delight.

Located on the lower reaches of the Severn Gorge, the town gets its name from the iron bridge.

This spectacular wooded gorge and the river that runs through it, was once an industrial powerhouse with numerous industries: pipe making, tile making and china ceramics amongst others.

I can highly recommend a visit. I’ll write more about the visit on my blog in due course. Meanwhile visit my blog where you can read more about Project 101

June 13, 2017 Posted by | history of the uk, holidays, my life, places that I've been, Project 101, towns of the UK, travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afloat but not…

afloat but not

afloat but not

I often take walks along the coast from Broadstairs to Margate in preparation for my Camino walk, or even just as far as Kingsgate. A couple of months ago on the stretch of sand between Broadstairs and Stoney Bay I saw a boat that looked like it had been beached.

Of course I took loads of photos and saw it often on my later walks. My #Camino2017 practice walks.

Then just a short while ago I met the gentleman who owned the boat. He said he’d brought it up onto the beach to repair and repaint….but I think he’d made a boo boo and beached it by accident 😉

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May 17, 2017 Posted by | my life, photography, places that I've been, travel, walks in the uk | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A miracle in Viking Bay

I got up at 5:20 today to capture the sunrise in Viking Bay. After taking dozens of photos of the sunrise I set off for a quick walk along Stone Bay beach..such a beautiful day, albeit really windy.

Sunrise on Broadstairs Beach

After messing about for a bit I was kneeling on the sand trying to capture the waves washing up under the boat. Keeping an eye on the waves and my periphery…suddenly I found myself knee deep in water 😂😂😂 blessed wave snuck up behind me. I nearly fell over onto my bottom wirh laughter. Needless to say my trainers, socks, thermal longjohns, trousers et al were soaked through. What a laugh. Just glad I wasn’t lying down like I had been earlier. 

Tides coming in on Stone Bay

March 23, 2017 Posted by | my life, photography, reflections, sunrise, towns of the UK, travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Time in a bottle

One of my favourite songs is ‘Time in a bottle’ by Roger Whittaker. I captured this image of the clock in Broadstairs and edited it with PIP. Loved the effect.

March 22, 2017 Posted by | photography, towns of the UK, travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

#sunrise in Viking Bay

Ever so slightly late to watch the sun come up over the horizon, nonetheless I managed to get down to the seafront in time for this. It’s a stunning morning albeit very windy with wild seas. Just awe-inspiring. As the days creep closer to summer, the chances of me watching the sun rise over the horizon get less and less; I’m not a morning person 😀😉…but Oh, the splendour! 

March 22, 2017 Posted by | my life, photography, reflections, sunrise, towns of the UK | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bringing the catch home.

I was on one of my #walk1000miles Camino practice walks this week and walked through Ramgate with a side visit to the harbour wall.

I spent some time photographing the various craft coming into the harbour against the backdrop of the lighthouse.

After 30 minutes or so I resumed my walk and as I was looking out to sea I noticed one of the tiny fishing boats coming into port trailing a flock of seagulls.

I immediately dashed back to my vantage point to capture a few images of this fascinating scene.

This is by far my favourite of the day…I didn’t even see the bird fly past my camera till I started sorting through the images.

Taking home the catch. A fishing boat at Ramsgate Royal Harbour

Bringing the catch home

March 21, 2017 Posted by | my life, photography, towns of the UK | , , , , | Leave a comment