Monday, 6 October 2014

Back from blog break

Life has been busy with lots going on. Harry went off to Mauritius for two weeks with his mum, he is due back tomorrow morning. Oh boy how I have missed him!! Jill has sent me over 100 photographs via "WhatsApp" while they have been away and also a few voice mails from Harry.
Phil and I went to a Warner's Historic Hotel for 5 nights in Nottingham, which was excellent and the weather was very good.
Phil is back at work tomorrow.
Last Friday we went to London for the day. We wanted to see the poppies at the Tower of London and also the Olympic Park, again the weather was beautiful.
The first set of photographs will be of our break in Nottingham.

 There was a wonderful Great Hall in the building and we were lucky to have one of the Historic rooms in this part.
The deer / stag above used to talk and move at least once a day, quite scary the first time but funny once you were aware!!

 This staircase led to our bedroom on the third floor. We didn't often walk up it, we used the lift, but felt quite important coming down it dressed for dinner!!!

 Early morning mist.

One day we visited Lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral
We also visited Sherwood Forest and saw the Major Oak tree and went to Rufford Park for an event called "Home Front" with lots of re-enactors.
 The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest
Robin Hood
Rufford Park, "Home Front"

Our day in London
 It was incredible to see all the poppies round the Tower and the way they have been displayed as though they are coming out of the windows.
To find out more about them or buy one go here:-
By November 11th 2014 when the last poppy is in place, there will be 888,246 ceramic poppies !!!
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
 Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
See the video!!:-
I look forward to receiving mine once they are all removed from the Tower and sent to the people who have bought them.

  It is a wonderful sight to see but still very sad to think of the lives lost.
 Across the Thames you can see The Shard. I went to the top in August 2013.

From the Tower of London we got on the Dockland Light Railway to Stratford and the Olympic Park.
Seen in on the TV and we had both wanted to visit.
 The Aquatic Centre
 The Arcelormittal Orbit Sculpture
 Helter Skelter
 Labyrinth Like fountain
The Stadium, which is not open to the public while they turn it into a football stadium, opening 2016!!

 Again the orbit sculpture, as I got nearer I thought I am going up there. Phil doesn't like heights.
It was a lift up and for me the lift down, but you can walk down if you have the stamina and good knees!!!

The Aquatic centre. We were able to have a look round for a £1.00 entrance.

It was a great day We would love to go back to the Olympic Park, maybe in the Spring with Harry and see lots of things we missed but we wanted to get to the station and on the way home before the rush hour.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Saturday we visited RHS Wisley and the Hopfields in Puttenham, enjoy the photographs

Barn on the Hopfields

Hops growing on and across the poles, ready for picking usually at the beginning of September

The view the other way from the Hopfields


The Canal at RHS Wisley, beautiful water lilies

Magnolia on the tree were the magnolia flower in different stages of its demise

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The Glasshouse

Beautiful apples growing in the fruit fields 

Giant pumpkin in the trial field

Strawberry and cream flower heads

RHS Wisley weather station