Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Extended Summer Holiday for this blog

Hope you  are all having a lovely Summer? Here in the UK we have had some very hot weather, a couple of storms and now it is settling down a little.
Here are a few photographs taken in the last couple of years, enjoy and see you soon!!



Thursday, 19 June 2014

We have a lovely sunny day here in Surrey and I have been around with my camera inside and out, Enjoy!!

A beautiful perfumed rose

 A rose bud from the same bush as above!!
Bleeding Heart
 Hanging basket
 A rose in the kitchen

 A bouquet of roses from Jill, Robin and Harry as a thank you!!

  Singular roses from the bouquet!!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Visit to RHS Wisley

Today we visited RHS Wisley, we are members but have only been once this year!!
They have a wonderful display of poppies on the Hilltop.
We were pleased to see they were quite upright, as we had had a terrible storm the night before!

 Commemorative poppy field
Very patriotic with blue and white flowers too!!
It was quite moving to be in the field, especially as we have recently been commemorating 70 years since the D Day landing in Normandy and now on August 4th, 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1.
There was a lot to see and photograph, great colour :- enjoy my collages / mosaics........

The fish were interesting to watch, it was as though they could sense us there and were hoping for some food.
The King and Queen, a bronze sculpture cast by Henry Moore in 1953, has come to RHS Garden Wisley  It is sited outside the Laboratory on the steps overlooking the Canal and will remain in the garden until the end of September.
The sculpture is the culmination of a number of studies of heads, hands and single figures. Moore arrived at the initial idea after modelling a bit of wax and realising it resembled a bearded, Pan-like head with a crown. The title was inspired by his readings of fairy tales to his six-year-old daughter Mary. As was usual for Moore, King and Queen was created in an edition of six bronze casts plus this, the artist’s copy.

We had a lovely walk around some parts of the garden but only stayed a couple of hours and as we got back in the car to drive home the rain came!!!
I might take Harry there on Monday, weather permitting as he will love to see the little baby ducks and he loves the soft play area in one of the cafe's!!
 In the shop on the way out, I was able to buy a Chelsea flower show fridge magnet and a bone china mug at a reduced price.

If ever you are in Surrey pay a visit to RHS Wisley there is always something to see and photograph all year round. Plus there are three other gardens, North Yorkshire, Essex and Devon.
The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is on 8th - 13th July. I think the ticket price is too high so won't be visiting.
I am joining Mary at Dear Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Mary has had a break for two weeks. Please pop over there and see her mosaics and others posted from around the world. How lovely that we all have different tastes and ideas and that we can share them so easily now through the web.
We all love to receive comments too, so don't be shy!!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

My favourite Arboretum, no more!!!

I used to love visiting Windlesham Arboretum. It was owned by Major Spowers, but he died suddenly June 2009.  Now it is very restrictive where you can go unless you are a paid up member. There is A LOT of barbed wire around the place, there are gates to stop horse riders and probably parents with pushchairs or prams to use. We couldn't see the lakes, the follies, Statues, the chapel and the Amphitheatre.
It used to be used by dog walkers but we didn't see anyone.
Here is a collage / mosaic I made of the Foxgloves we saw there about the only bit of colour!!!

 Through the woods
An Old Urn near the hidden farmhouse

A headless statue by the old farmhouse

 Wall and steps to nowhere!!
A folly we used to be able to walk past and go into, now taken from a long distance 
There are a few houses on the estate. I wonder what the owners think of all the changes!!
It was nice to go for a walk round the Arboretum after Sunday lunch, it was always quieter than RHS Wisley, but now it will be Wisley all the time!!
Just hoping that the family don't sell the land to a developer for houses and shops, that wasn't what Major Spowers wanted!!
 Major Spowers Obituary here quite a character!!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Friday 6th June. 70 years since the D Day landings

"The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in  Operation Overlord during  World War 11. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied  Western Europe, led to the  restoration of the French Republic and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial  military deception, codenamed  Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners set conditions regarding the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The  amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France starting at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach,.. The Allies failed to achieve all of their goals on the first day, but gained a foothold that they gradually expanded over the coming months. Museums and memorials in the area host many visitors each year."
We visited the beaches a few years ago while having a holiday in Normandy. It was an moving experience to be there. If you get a chance visit. 
"We will remember them"
Do try and watch the commemorations that are taking part, a lot of us won't be around for 100 years!!
Bayeux War Cemetery
The Bayeux War Cemetery in Normandy, ahead of preparations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings