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Sunday, 6 April 2014

What Phil and I saw in Winchester today

We went to Winchester today to meet Phil's brother and wife for coffee/ hot chocolate. They live in Sussex but were having a few days break in a Hotel in Hampshire.
Phil and I love Winchester and wouldn't mind moving there when Phil retires in a few years.
 
You can click on each collage and see it in a larger size!. 
 
 
We got there quite early so went for a walk round and took some photographs, enjoy!!
 






 Inside the Great Hall is the King Arthurs Round Table
Two enormous stainless steel gates, designed by Antony Robinson to commemorate the Royal Wedding Charles and Diana in 1981.( Look closely and you will see the C and D 1981)
Bronze Statue of Queen Victoria
and
Commissioned bronze in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
(The bronze sculpture is six feet in diameter. The bas-relief portrait projects approximately nine inches from the background and The Queen is shown wearing a necklace and diamond tiara. The surround for the bronze is a representation of the Hampshire Rose which provides an informal frame to Her Majesty’s face)
 
 
On leaving the Great Hall we went to the Westgate Museum, we went onto the roof. As you can see the doorway was quite small especially for Phil 6 ft tall!!
great view of Winchester from up there 
 
 Walking back to the main road we saw this lovely sculpture of Horse and rider by Elizabeth Frink
 
 
A walk around the main road, we went passed the Town Hall, the Statue of King Alfred:-
 

 and the wonderful Alms-house's.
 
It was a lovely day although dull and wet weather.
 
Looking forward to visiting there again soon and walking along the Water Meadows.
 
If you are ever in the area:-

 
Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness ...

Follow in the footsteps of John Keats as you discover the landscape that inspired his sensuous ode "To Autumn"

Winchester's charms have changed little since Keats stayed there in 1819: the medieval buildings are still 'mixed up with trees', the waters of the Itchen still 'most beautifully clear' and mists rise from the river in the early mornings and late afternoons of autumn.
Step out on Keats walk and retrace the path of the poet's daily walk through the cathedral close and the water meadows - the inspiration for his famous poem.

 
There is so much to see and do, so much History in Winchester!!
 

I am joining Mary at Dear Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Pop over there and see other collages/ mosaics from Bloggers all over the world!!
 


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Photo Album of our visit to Bosham and Emsworth with Harry on Saturday

We had Harry for a sleepover last Friday night and he was with us all day Saturday. The weather forecast was good so we made our way to West Sussex.
 
Bosham ( click here to find out more about the area!!)
 

























 
 On the way home we stopped at Emsworth and we were so lucky to see the Swan and 2 eggs.



 
We had a lovely day, Harry fell asleep on the way home, probably all the fresh air. He is so good.
 
Today, Sunday we again have had some lovely weather. I sat in the garden this afternoon enjoying a cup of tea and watching Phil mow the lawn!!!
 
Since we "Sprung" our clocks forward one hour, we have had a lovely evening when it was lighter for an hour longer.
 
Hope you have all had a good weekend and you have a good week?
 
Poor Canadians are not having such good weather like us, hope it soon improves for you. Keep warm and safe.
 


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring seems to of come early to us in the UK!!

We have had some lovely weather this weekend here in the UK. We had our grandson Harry come for today and tomorrow.
I love having him for sleepovers. He is an excellent sleeper, sleeps about 12 hours, dry in bed and he won't be three until May!!
 
Today we took him to the Silent Pool and had tea in our favourite tearoom on the way home.
 
Before we went out I took these photographs of the wonderful colour in the garden from the camellias and anemones.
 
 
 
We also have lots of clumps of daffodils. The tulips are just showing but not quite in flower yet, but if our good weather continues I am sure it won't be long until they are in full flower!!

 
Great reflection on the lake at Silent Pool!!


At the silent Pool!!


 
 Joining with Mary at Dear Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Wednesday morning pics

Morning, I have a relaxing week as Harry is on holiday with my daughter and son so no early mornings ( usually 2 a week) for me. Later today I am seeing a Sports Therapist for a back massage and on Friday I am having an Indian Head Massage.
I was hoping the weather we had on Sunday would last but no, it is quite a cold morning here but they have forecast it will warm up a little later with some sun. I got my camera out and played.
It is a Samsung WB150
 
 
Pear still life!
 

 
The camera has a setting called Magic Frame, which produced these two photographs above!!
 
Some ordinary photographs of the flowers in the garden
Tulips coming through amongst the pansies. 
Yesterday I went out to lunch with a friend and she bought me this wonderful terracotta bowl of Spring flowers.

 
 
One of the many clumps of daffodils growing in the back garden. I must plant some in the Autumn in the front garden, there are only one or two there. Always a good sign of Spring!
 
These two are in the conservatory, both artificial!!
 
 
These are two photographs I published on Facebook the other day using the same programme on the camera and a rose I had in the house.
I used to have a good programme on my PC that converted photographs into watercolours etc,.. since having a new PC I cannot find it, but I do love to play with photographs.
I also love black and white and sepia pictures.
 
Hope you have some good weather for outdoor photographs, but taking them indoors can be just as much fun and playing with them and different programmes??
 
Have a good day, Jackie.x