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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

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

Reflecting….

I love boats I cannot lie…its really hard to resist a good reflection of a lovely craft

March 20, 2017 Posted by | photography, reflections, towns of the UK | , , , | 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

stepping back in time….

charles dickens museum broadstairs

stepping back in time…

 

You could almost believe that was a real person standing there.

A couple of months ago I finally visited the ever so charming Charles Dickens Museum in Broadstairs. It is an absolute delight.

The museum is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens’ inspiration for the home of Betsy Trotwood in David Copperfield. David’s description of Betsy’s cottage with its square gravelled garden full of flowers, and a parlour of old fashioned furniture still fits today.

For more information on visiting

January 1, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, holidays, places that I've been, towns of the UK | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mornings….

My ‘job’ as a Carer for the elderly takes me away from home for at least two weeks of every month, if not three. Every morning when I’m away, I wake, I look out the curtains and wish I was home so I could get out and take photos of the new day…..but when I am home, my bed is usually warm and cosy; I enjoy snuggling on the couch in my gown drinking tea with my daughter and miss the start of the new day. But, my time too is waning,  and I have now made a pledge (as of 01.11.2016), that when I am home, I shall get up as soon as I wake up and go down to the sea and greet the day….

morning sunrise

01.11.2016 Viking Bay, Broadstairs

morning sunrise viking bay

02.11.2016 Viking Bay, Broadstairs

good morning broadstairs

03.11.2016 Viking Bay, Broadstairs

What I love about being in one place is that you can capture the same view, but the scene is different every day.

November 3, 2016 Posted by | my life, photography, sunrise, towns of the UK | , , , | Leave a comment