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Good morning Broadstairs

I have lived all over England and occasionally Scotland since I arrived in the UK in 2001. I lived in London for a very long time and adored the city, the sights, the sounds, the energy, the events, the ups and downs. In 2014 we moved to Broadstairs. What a lucky choice. It is so beautiful and I never tire of coming ‘home’ to the sight of Viking Bay in the morning.

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Viking Bay, Broadstairs

March 11, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 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

Sunshine flowers

Daffodils always make me smile. They’re such happy flowers. I remember how amazed I was when I first came to Ireland in 2001/2002. Spring heralded thousands of these gorgeous flowers blooming on every verge, in parks and gardens. Blooming marvellous 😃😃

I’m working in County Wicklow, Ireland atm and every morning when I walk down the drive to open the gate I see these beauties.

March 7, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Sunrise over The Solent

I recently travelled to the Isle of Wight for a job. The house was delightfully close to the seafront, so on days when I could see it was going to be a great sunrise, I was able to slip out for a few minutes and enjoy the privilege.

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It reminds me of a quote that I love:

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius : 121-180

March 6, 2017 Posted by | islands, places that I've been, sunrise, travel | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

stepping back in time….

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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

Time here becomes space

Time here truly becomes space…..Leadenhall Market is timeless; one of the oldest markets in London and one of my most favourite places to visit. The market dates from the 14th century and stands on what was the centre of Roman London.

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Time here becomes space

The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure were designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones

Typically open weekdays from 10 am until 6 pm.

Location: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT – access also via Whittington Street

November 16, 2016 Posted by | london, places that I've been | , , , , | Leave a comment

A portal through time

Temple Church is like a portal through time….

A couple of months ago my daughter, my sister and I spent a day in London, meandering the streets, visiting awesome places, going on a lunch cruise and visiting the 72nd floor of The Shard to see the sunset. On our meanderings, we visited Temple and Temple Church. The history of this place is beyond phenomenal. With links to the Crusades, the Magna Carta, the Great Fire of London, WW1 and WW2, and let us not forget The Da Vinci Code 😉 You feel that if only you could tear back the fabric of time, you would be able to experience these events and so much more between.

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Temple Church, City of London

November 4, 2016 Posted by | family, london, my life, places that I've been | , , , | 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….

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01.11.2016 Viking Bay, Broadstairs

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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