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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

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

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

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

Spiderwebs

Some years ago I worked on a farm in Woolston in Somerset.  On the grounds nearby the house was a fairly large pond. I used to slip out the house in the early hours before anyone stirred and head down to the pond to catch the sunrise. On one such excursion I was lucky enough to catch a wonderful misty morning…..I spotted this beautiful spiders-web strung with diamonds…..just waiting for the sun!!

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spidersweb at Woolston

September 21, 2016 Posted by | in the garden, my life, photography, travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Circle of Animals and Dancing Fountains

as mentioned in a previous post I went walkabout round London again on Sunday last week 🙂 Lucky me. I discovered so many wonderful things that I ended up taking over 400 photos! yeah, I know? madness. One of the places I visited was Somerset House. I have been there before a number of times (it’s a great short-cut from Victoria Embankment to Strand!) but this time around I was taken totally by surprise at what I discovered!

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55 dancing fountain in the courtyard of Somerset House

I discovered both these things at the same time coz they were in the same place at the same time and I was in the right place at the right time 🙂

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one of 12 wonderful sculptures by Ai Weiwei - Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads on display in the courtyard

May 26, 2011 Posted by | london, photography | , , | Leave a comment

a very Royal Wedding

I recently attended the Royal Wedding in London, an event I would not have missed for the world.  It was one of the most amazing experiences and I felt overawed to be there, amongst all the hustle and bustle of the day before and the day itself. I love the Pomp and Ceremony of the events that involve the Royal Family and this was no exception.

Pomp and Ceremony along The Mall for the Royal Wedding

May 3, 2011 Posted by | london, my life | , , | Leave a comment

Twickenham & Richmond

last week I spent some time with my daughter in Twickenham which is really close to Richmond.  The river Thames flows right by both towns and it is a pleasure to be able to walk or stroll along the river banks.  I have taken and probably will still take hundreds of photos of the area……mostly coz it is so beautiful. Last week was not exception, and these two hold memories of a wonderful week.

Twickenham: Thames path to the left and Eel Pie island to the right

sunset viewed from Twickenham Bridge: St Margaret's to the left and The Old Deer Park to the right (not in view)

April 10, 2011 Posted by | my life, travel, villages of the UK | , , | Leave a comment