Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Windemere properties

The following properties are located on the edge of Lake Windemere in Cumbria, north-west England and I imagine would fetch "a pretty penny" in today's real estate market.

This lawn definitely calls for a ride-on mower! 

To see images from other parts of the world, visit

(with grateful thanks to the hostesses of that site)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reflecting on Milan

This shoe shop window reflects some of the architectural beauty to be found in ...

... the impressive Vittorio Emanuelle II arcade

in Milan

Linking up with James' Weekend Reflection

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foggy Bridge

On my way to Vancouver Island in February, I had an 8 hour stopover in San Francisco - sadly not long enough for more than a brief trip to Fisherman's Wharf.  
This was the most I saw of the Golden Gate Bridge, which was enveloped in fog, but this added to the atmosphere.

Joining in with Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Goolwa outing

During an all-too brief visit by dear friends from the UK at the beginning of June, I took them to Goolwa, about an hour's drive south of Adelaide. 

Although the wind was chilly, it was a sunny day and we enjoyed watching the antics of the White Heron, Pelicans, Pied and Black Cormorants (the latter in their 100's) on and around the barrages.

Linking up to Outdoor Wednesday 
(with thanks to Susan for hosting)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Keukenhof Gardens

En route to the UK in April, I stopped off in Amsterdam to meet and spend time with the exchange hosts of a holiday property in rural central Italy where I would spend 10 days to complete my UK-European adventure, some 7 weeks down the track.
(Yes, I am very aware - and grateful for - the marvellous travel opportunities that have blessed my life, and particularly those that began 2014)

My generous hostess, Lia, took me to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, which were an amazing blaze of colour.  The shot above was taken in the Gardens as we neared the exit.

To explore other reflective images, do visit James' 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Shades of Oxford UK

Some 40+ years ago I lived in Oxford, England, for 2 years. 
During my trip to the UK & Europe earlier this year, a re-visit here was an essential component of my itinerary.  Once again I marvelled at the glorious architecture and sense of history (even though the bold commercialism of today was this time much more evident).

Going clock-wise (from the left) around the collage below, these colourful boats were adjacent to Magdalen Bridge awaiting eager and energetic customers;  a very weathered doorway giving access to one of the college grounds; part of Magdalen College; Oxford's "Bridge of Sighs" linking two parts of Hertford College; the beautiful tower of Merton College, and finally the outside edge of the original City wall, abutting Christchurch Meadow.

To see other regions of the world, visit Our World Tuesday

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Canal travel

During my stay in Cheshire earlier this year, I came across this group of narrow-boat travellers negotiating the lock gates.  

the boat looked very elegant

... and here the different water levels can clearly be seen

Surprisingly, this particular gate was only constructed in 1994

Safely through that lock, the youngsters in the group had raced ahead ready to operate the next one!

It does appear to be a lovely way to see the countryside, but am told you need to be fit to operate the gates (perhaps why this chap chose to bring the youngsters along?!)

(With much sadness I dedicate this post to Lady Fi's beautiful dog Oscar and trust that she may be comforted in the knowledge that her many posts which included his delightful face and activities, brought great joy to the family of photo bloggers and he will not be forgotten)

Linking up with Our World Tuesday

Monday, September 22, 2014

Out of the mist . . .

Just had an unexpected couple of days on the River Murray with good friends - lovely crisp mornings gently unfolding into beautiful warm days.

Following is a selection of the scenes that greeted me on the second morning - mist rising from the water, revealing the movement of Pelicans as they majestically paddled up and downstream.
(Perhaps I should have titled this post "Serenity"!)

Joining up with Our World Tuesday
(and many thanks to the team who administer it)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

River Arno

The pretty surrounds of the River Arno as it meanders through Firenze, Italy

With grateful thanks to the hosts, linking up with Skywatch Friday

Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcoming B&B

While exploring the countryside around Congleton in Cheshire, England during my holiday house exchange in April this year, I came across this welcoming Bed'n'Breakfast property - Yew Tree Farm.

Although I was not in need of accommodation, its setting was charmingly attractive so I took a few shots and am happy to give them a free "plug" in the process!

Linking up with Our World Tuesday
and thanking the team who maintain that blog so we may enjoy the captures others have taken around the world

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