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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

#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

The treasures of London

If you get me started on London, you’d be hard pressed to shut me up again LOL

I love nothing more than going walkabout through the streets. I couple of months ago I spent the night in London at the YHA Hostel in Earls Court. I had some time to kill in the morning so went for a ‘stroll’ from Earls Court to Kensington Palace. On the way I stopped at the V&A Museum. I love this museum, so many amazing items and rooms filled to the brim with treasures and awesome artefacts. You need repeated visits to be able to visit all the exhibits and collections. The first indication of these amazing ‘things to see’ is the fabulous Dale Chihuly chandelier in the foyer. It always takes my breath away.

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Dale Chihuly at the V&A Museum

I spent a short while visiting a temporary exhibition featuring John Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard Kipling’s father and his time in India.  Fascinating. I then meandered over to Kensington Palace. My Historic Royal Palaces membership was due to expire the following day and since I had just been to visit Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, I felt a visit to KP, the childhood home of Queen Victoria was in order. It never fails to impress me. There is a newish exhibition featuring Victoria over the years just above the foyer on the 1st floor. I’ve visited KP many many times and this is the first time I had seen this particular set up. I tried to find out when it was first opened, to no avail. But nonetheless it was a stunning exhibition and as always I had to capture at least another of many images of the statue of Victoria at the front of the palace. Her daughter Princess Louise (Duchess of Argyll) designed the statue in 1893. The marble statue shows her mother, Queen Victoria, in her coronation robes in 1837 at the age of 18

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March 16, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, london, my life, places that I've been, travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Golden hour

On my penultimate day in Ireland I finally discovered an elevated position to capture the sunrise 😉

March 15, 2017 Posted by | islands, my life, sunrise, travel | | Leave a comment

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight

The world’s oldest seaside pleasure pier, Ryde Pier is an early 19th century pier serving the town of Ryde, on the Isle of Wight.

The famous pier at Ryde, Isle of Wight

The famous pier at Ryde, Isle of Wight – looking back at the town

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Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight – the ferry from Portsmouth moors at the far end

What an amazing pier this is. I walked along it a couple of times…just because. 🙂 I had fun to watching the ferry mooring alongside the terminal.

March 10, 2017 Posted by | history of the uk, islands, my life, photography, places that I've been, towns of the UK | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House near East Cowes as a seaside home for them and their family.

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East Cowes, Isle of Wight

When I visited Osborne House I managed to get down to the harbour…how beautiful is this!

Cowes is famous for it’s annual boat race.

March 9, 2017 Posted by | history of the uk, islands, my life, on the heath, places that I've been, towns of the UK, villages of the UK | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s alright on the Isle of Wight

There is a tree that guides me……

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It’s alright on the Isle of Wight

I was so lucky to have spent 2 weeks on the Isle of Wight, and I spent most of my free time walking and visiting places nearby. This tree always guided me back to where I needed to be.

March 8, 2017 Posted by | islands, my life, photography, places that I've been, sunset, trees | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment