Quirky

I’m a big fan of the quirky and the lovely. Here are some interesting sights I saw in England on my trip there last week.

It was surprisingly warm – and this huge magnolia tree was in full bloom

Next to a charming old thatched cottage from about 1550.

Magnolia-cottage copy

I found this pair of bellows on the outside of an old flint cottage, dated circa 1724.

Bellows

A few doors down, a watchful dog

Keeps an eye on passers-by.

Dog in wall

The faded beauty of an abandoned garage

Caught my eye.

Blue copy

The highlight of the weekend was my father’s birthday –

And a reunion with my family of nuts.

These are my two sisters. (And they call me crazy!)

Sisters

For more quirky shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

89 responses

  1. Very well captured… 🙂

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    March 24, 2014 at 15:51

  2. Crazy is as crazy does. LOL glad you had fun and the photos are wonderful!

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    March 24, 2014 at 16:00

  3. There is nothing like the laughter that only sisters share …… that bond is so evident in the expressive moment you perfectly captured.

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    March 24, 2014 at 16:14

  4. Super!

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    March 24, 2014 at 16:25

  5. Oh, how fun!! And thanks for sharing it with us!! What a great way to start my day! Love your captures, as always!! Hope you have a great week!!

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    March 24, 2014 at 16:28

  6. Dear Lady Fi, wonderful photographs per usual, but that thatched home really captured my attention. I wonder how thatching is done. I guess I need to Google that. Peace.

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    March 24, 2014 at 16:30

  7. daryledelstein

    ah love this post i love quirky .. and well crazy is as crazy does .. normal/sane is highly overrated

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    March 24, 2014 at 16:30

  8. I love that blue, and the blooming tree beside the cottage. Your sisters look like fun!

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    March 24, 2014 at 16:45

  9. Your sisters look like so much fun! Oh, to be in England ~ your are lucky it is not far away for you.

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:00

  10. i love the quirky as well…the thatched roof is cool…and love the ornamental stuff…and worn wood…all makes for cool textures…

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:02

  11. Love the first house. SUCH character…Just like your sisters!!!!!!! XXXXXXXXXX

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:05

  12. I love quirky! And there is nothing more fun than laughing with sisters. Glad you enjoyed your visit,

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:13

  13. Beautiful takings of England, and your two sisters are funny, ha ha.

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:18

  14. so cute! love the old gates and fences!

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:19

  15. Lovely! Welcome home!!

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:35

  16. thesmittenimage

    What a great collection of shots. Your sisters are a hoot. I suspect theirs is too. 😉

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:36

  17. Great stuff. Did somebody steal your sister’s drinking straw ? 🙂

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    March 24, 2014 at 17:49

  18. And to think, they are the saner of the sisters 🙂

    Stunning photos, Fiona. I really love that magnolia in bloom. It’s hard to believe how far advanced their spring is already. Our magnolias are still quite bare. Still, it gives me hope that 20C days will be here soon.

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    March 24, 2014 at 18:52

  19. Beautiful shots and I know it was fun getting together with your family. I bet your father was happy to have you there for his birthday. I hope it was a happy one.

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    March 24, 2014 at 19:42

  20. JM

    What a lovely thatched roof house. Amazing how it’s so old!

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    March 24, 2014 at 20:22

  21. Don

    Sounds and looks like you had a good time. .

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    March 24, 2014 at 20:45

  22. I love the quirky post and the shot of your sister’s is very cute.
    They look like they know how to enjoy life.

    Great post, thank you for sharing.

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    March 24, 2014 at 21:04

  23. Amazing shots. I like them all, but the dog ist my fav.
    Your sisters looks like happy. Thats nice!
    Happy Evening, Wieczora (◔‿◔)| My photoblog

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    March 24, 2014 at 21:18

  24. Your sisters are gorgeous! I loved the photo of the watch dog! Actually, I loved every one of your images, but then that’s nothing new!

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    March 24, 2014 at 21:25

  25. Quirky is most excellent – and you captured it so very well.

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    March 24, 2014 at 21:52

  26. Sweet shot of your sisters!! We just planted a magnolia tree like that one in our front yard. So pretty!

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    March 24, 2014 at 22:05

  27. nocolebolo


    What a nice photo collection? Your trip was great.
    Your sisters are wrong. Your aren’t crazy… justa a lovely photografer.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

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    March 24, 2014 at 22:26

  28. è il tempo ad essere pazzo…he he, altro che la bella foto delle tue simpatiche sorelle! il mio albero di magnolia è fiorito contemporaneamente a quello su in Inghilterra!!! peccato che la mia casa non ha quel bel tetto di paglia!
    le tue foto come sempre sono straordinarie!

    the time to be mad … he he, but the nice pictures of your cute sisters! My magnolia tree that is much bigger than the one in your photo has flourished at the same time as the one on England!!! too bad my house doesn’t have that beautiful thatched roof!
    your photos are amazing as always!

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    March 24, 2014 at 22:38

  29. Oh what a lovely time — and wonderful reason to visit your family. I know your father must have been so pleased to have you all there. Your sisters are lovely and obviously full of fun! OK, nuts… (I’m a fan of quirky too). Love the pictures all…..glad you took your camera and had time to explore.

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    March 24, 2014 at 22:57

  30. Hi! Nice captures. I like the first photo very much. I feel as if I were in our country.

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    March 24, 2014 at 23:09

  31. Beautiful series, like the house with the blossom tree
    funny shot from your sisters

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    March 24, 2014 at 23:18

  32. Beautiful pictures ! Your sister are very nice and full of fun!:)
    Have a nice day!

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    March 24, 2014 at 23:21

    • your sisters !:) I typed wrong .

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      March 24, 2014 at 23:23

  33. So funny captured moment at reunion… and so lovely details in these shots!! Have a sunny week!

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    March 24, 2014 at 23:32

  34. Pat

    Fabulous finds! You and your sisters must have a great time together.

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    March 24, 2014 at 23:44

  35. Jim

    I LOVE what you see, Fiona! That ‘indigo’ garage is stunning!
    Not to mention your sisters!

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    March 24, 2014 at 23:51

  36. I love the cottage with the thatched roof and the blossoming tree. Just lovely! And the little dog is cute, neat decoration. Looks like your sister are having a fun time posing.. Enjoy your week!

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    March 25, 2014 at 00:55

  37. This cottage is so gorgeous and lovely! And the details you found! So wonderful captured!
    Seems you had a great time with your sisters! 😉 Great shot!

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    March 25, 2014 at 01:16

  38. Oh my goodness, your sisters are great!!
    Love those magnolias. My very favorite spring flowers.

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    March 25, 2014 at 01:17

  39. Happy belated birthday to your father.

    And I really like the blooms next to the old cottage–that roof is something else.

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    March 25, 2014 at 01:39

  40. Jolly!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral

    =^..^= ❤

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    March 25, 2014 at 02:46

  41. I love that photo of your sisters I think you have captured them perfectly!!! I expected photos of their feet too. What a wonderful time you must have had for your Dad’s birthday!!

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    March 25, 2014 at 04:14

  42. I can only imagine how much fun you all have together!!

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    March 25, 2014 at 05:30

  43. Wonderful images, very unique.

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    March 25, 2014 at 05:40

  44. indrani

    Fun captures. I like your sisters. 🙂

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    March 25, 2014 at 07:47

  45. Quirky is something we do very well in England I think. You have captured it very well. 🙂

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    March 25, 2014 at 08:41

  46. Beautiful captures all!!

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    March 25, 2014 at 08:45

  47. Peculiar but interesting …

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    March 25, 2014 at 08:48

  48. Wonderful photos! very exciting to visit this place in the field, very interesting the bellows, his sisters very funny!

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    March 25, 2014 at 09:13

  49. What a great fun post! Happy belated birthday to your dad. The cottage is very beautiful! My romantic heart is touched by the look of it.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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    March 25, 2014 at 09:15

  50. If this is quirky and I think this is normal….okay, next – love the thatched cottage (I wonder if our houses will survive 500 years or more!)

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    March 25, 2014 at 09:18

  51. Wonderful capture of your sisters! They look like a fun-loving part of your family.

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:03

  52. You find some wonderful details by paying attention, don’t you!

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:07

  53. Is that in Sussex, the thatched cottage looks so Sussex-esque

    Mollyxxx

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:16

    • Yes, it’s Saxon Cottage in Steyning, West Sussex.

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      March 25, 2014 at 11:17

  54. OBERKLASSE Grins
    LG vom katerchen

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:22

  55. Quirky & lovely!! (great combo)

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:30

  56. Where would we be with a handful of nuts?

    Love that blue garage.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    March 25, 2014 at 12:16

  57. Quirky indeed – and I don’t mean your sisters! Trust you and your family enjoyed a wonderful celebratory time together.. Thanks for sharing

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    March 25, 2014 at 13:06

  58. There is such a moment of delight in the faces of your Sister’s…that’s so beautiful.

    Jen

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    March 25, 2014 at 15:50

  59. Maggie May

    I love all those quirky things too. Somehow or other, we don’t have to go far in Britain to see quirky things!
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    March 25, 2014 at 16:29

  60. I LOVE the thatched cottage. The tree in full bloom next to it makes it so romantic. The last one of your sisters is very funny!

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    March 25, 2014 at 17:17

  61. Lovely pictures ! Makes me “homesick” I also love these old quirky houses. End June I am doing a round trip in an old train through Cornwall !

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    March 25, 2014 at 18:12

  62. Lovely Pictures. You seem to have two great sisters, very funny ladies

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    March 25, 2014 at 19:45

  63. Beautiful and very special colors!

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    March 25, 2014 at 20:07

  64. Very wonderful views with fun company. Love the magnolia and sisters photo.

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    March 25, 2014 at 20:24

  65. It looks like you had a good time with your sisters! Two wonderful smiles in that photo 😉 Loved all the colors and textures in the other close ups–welcome home!

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    March 25, 2014 at 22:14

  66. Lovely photos of a wonderful trip.

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    March 25, 2014 at 22:44

  67. Lovely quirky pictures! Did your sisters protest about putting their pic on the blog? 😀

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    March 26, 2014 at 06:53

  68. You managed to find some interesting views there.

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    March 26, 2014 at 09:22

  69. great finds. That pair of bellows looks like it has become part of the house. Fabulous pic of your sisters.
    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

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    March 26, 2014 at 09:40

  70. Great to see your sisters all smiles and having fun! And a happy belated birthday to your dad!

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    March 26, 2014 at 10:35

  71. I really like the texture of the wood in some of these images.

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    March 26, 2014 at 11:08

  72. marvelous craftsmanship in a thatched roof!

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    March 26, 2014 at 14:13

  73. Wow! What a beautiful old cottage.

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    March 26, 2014 at 14:44

  74. What a fun collection of photos, I see the apple all stick together 🙂

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    March 26, 2014 at 17:09

  75. Lady Fi, your photos are great.
    I marvel at all.
    Greetings.

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    March 26, 2014 at 18:46

  76. Happy Families!

    The rest is good too. It’s England.

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    March 26, 2014 at 21:30

  77. Beautiful buildings!

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    March 27, 2014 at 02:06

  78. Oh I love your quirky shots! They are natural and candid shots are my favorite things..

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    March 27, 2014 at 13:24

  79. you find great details on yourwalks. Love the second shot even if I can´t figure out what it is. 🙂

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    March 27, 2014 at 23:36

    • That is part of a very old bellows that they used to get the fires really hot with in the olden days.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      March 28, 2014 at 05:25

  80. Liz

    I absolutely love those English thatched cottages! My dream is to travel back to the UK & Europe one day to relive my only trip back in 2010 now that I have a decent camera and to explore more places. Enjoy your weekend.

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    March 28, 2014 at 02:02

  81. That watchdog is kind of creepy but your sisters ROCK!!

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    March 28, 2014 at 02:19

  82. Pat

    Really nice photos! That includes the one of your sisters!

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    March 28, 2014 at 08:40

  83. Wonderful photos, esp. the magnolia cottage – so pretty! There is so much antiquity in England, it must be tough deciding which of the many to photograph!

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    March 28, 2014 at 13:20

  84. You were in England last week? I’m jealous. Love love the photos. I’m a fan of the quirky too. Great great shots of the family. It’s just awesome to be crazy 🙂

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    March 28, 2014 at 17:36

  85. The cottage with the thatched roof looks wonderful, so much character!

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    March 29, 2014 at 10:51

  86. My favourite is the pic of the old bellows! But I also LOVE your crazy sisters;)

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    March 30, 2014 at 01:29

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