I had a lovely visit with my mum!
Before going off to the hotel where we were staying,
She urged me to walk to the neighbouring village
To enjoy the house with the wisteria.
And I’m glad I did!
The front door declared the house was called
The Old Priory.
Look at the windows and the flowers —
I fell in love. Who wouldn’t?
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I’m off to England at the end of the week —
It’s a very special occasion.
My brother is getting married!
So there will be celebrations, the eating of good food
And some long walks up on the South Downs, I hope.
I’m looking forward to a love-filled week.
(I’ll be back on my blog in a week or so. Until then, take care!)
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There is something so
Quintessentially English about old thatched cottages.
Most of the buildings with thatch
Pre-date the 1800s and a good thatched roof
Can last up to fifty years.
Looks as if this cottage needs a new roof though!
The new Globe Theatre
(A modern reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe)
Is the only building in London with a thatched roof.
However, I prefer my thatched buildings
Slumbering among wildflowers, don’t you?
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Nestled in the green hills of the South Downs in England
Is a magnificent example of a Gothic Revival church: Lancing College Chapel.
Its spires soar up into the sky, giving me vertigo
And reminding me of Hogwarts College.
It is the largest school chapel in the world
And a well-known landmark in Sussex.
Even though it’s only 100 years old,
It’s due for a cleaning.
Can you see the mossy windows?
All in all, it’s a stunning piece of architecture.
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Thank you for your best wishes about my dad’s health. Recovery will be slow, but at least it’s going in the right direction.
It was mild when I was in England, so now I present:
Blue sky with a side order of…
Palm tree (outside my parents’ house);
Love birds on antennas
And street lamp with reflection.
Let’s spare a kind word and smile — or extend an invitation — to those feeling alone or depressed during this holiday season.
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I’m still in England —
And probably enjoying a view like this one over the Sussex countryside.
I just love the lamps, the birds
And the golden tapestry of the field behind.
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On my last trip to Sussex, I visited the ancient village of Ditchling with my sister and her husband.
We started off with the historic church dating back to the 1100s.
My eye was drawn to this old cross in the graveyard.
(You can see my sister in the background patiently waiting for us to finish taking photos.)
The graveyard had a magnificent magnolia tree
With fuzzy buds about to burst into bloom.
From the church, you get a good view of the timbered old manor house
That Henry VIII gave to Anne of Cleves.
No village is complete
Without its bright red letter box …
And no English spring complete
Without its gardens full of daffodils.
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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.
I found this pair of bellows on the outside of an old flint cottage, dated circa 1724.
A few doors down, a watchful dog
Keeps an eye on passers-by.
The faded beauty of an abandoned garage
Caught my eye.
The highlight of the weekend was my father’s birthday –
And a reunion with my family
These are my two sisters. (And they call me crazy!)
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Last summer in England was a good one for skies.
I made my sister drive me up to the Downs
Where I got a gorgeous view of Lancing College —
And the sea melting into the horizon and becoming sky.
I also made her stop in a lay-by as I was fascinated
By the bright blue of the rain-washed sky
In contrast to the soft gold of the sheep-dotted hills.
And finally, this sky stopped me —
Dramatic, moody and beautiful
(Not unlike a lot of us)!
I’m away in England and might not get round to visiting you all.
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Flowers are happy things
And none more so than lavender.
It’s bright and energetic
Perfuming the air
With its fragrance and colour
Lavender is the colour of summer for me.
What about you?
(Just realized that I’ve passed FIVE years of blogging! Thank you all so much for reading.)
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