Monday, June 30, 2014

Underneath the Arches

Aah - Firenze and the early evening sun setting on the Ponte Vecchio 
spanning the River Arno: what an experience!

.... the soft yet rich ochre tones of the buildings reflect the setting sun as visitors and locals
alike jostle for positions on the bridge to farewell another stunning day.

(I didn't spend time looking in the many goldsmith & jewellery shops there, 
in case I spotted a piece or two I "just had to have"!!)

Joining in with Our World Tuesday

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A puzzling plant

This plant was among many blooms to be found in the Keukenhof Gardens during early April.
I have no idea of its name and would be grateful if someone could identify it for me.
Nevertheless, it seems to fit in with the Mandarin Orange Monday theme (Thanks for hosting, Lorik)
and Today's Flowers (Thank you, Denise for hosting)

Hoping you've all had a wonderful weekend.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Biddulph Grange Gardens

Biddulph Grange Gardens are located near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England.
National Trust listed, these 15 acre Victorian gardens were created by James Bateman in the 19th Century to showcase his collection of plants from around the world.

The house, a former Rectory (pre 1840 when purchased by Mr Bateman) has quite a fascinating history. (Wikipedia will enlighten those of you who may be interested)
I was given a delightful tour of the gardens and can well recommend a visit, especially in Spring!

Linking up with James' Weekend Reflection

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beautiful Coniston

In the English Lake District, on the edge of the town of Coniston.
Coniston Water lies to the west of Lake Windemere and the whole region
offers some beautiful scenery and birdlife.

While I was focussing on the magnificent display of Bluebells in the woods alongside Coniston Water, this charming Robin Redbreast appeared in my viewfinder and seemed happy to pose as I took aim through the car window - what an unexpected treat!

Linking up with Outdoor Wednesday and
with grateful thanks to the hosts

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dizzy heights !

Spotted in Milan - window washers on a building in Milan. . . .

If you enlarge the shot below, you will be able to spot them on the 12th
or 13th floor from the top, in close to the tubular part of the building.
I reckon they'll have employment for some time to come !!!

Linking up with Our World Tuesday
and many thanks to our hostesses.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Remembering Kuekenhof

These reflected daffodils caught my eye in the Kuekenhof Gardens, in the Netherlands at the beginning of my travels in April.
The gardens cover approximately 32 hectares and in Spring provide a magnificent display of seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
It was a feast for the eyes (and camera lens!)
Happy weekend to all - and thanks, James, for your dedication in hosting this site.

Linking up with James' Weekend Reflection

Friday, June 13, 2014

Italian skies

Thunderous skies over Isola del Piano in Marche, Central Italy

The wanderer returns!  After an amazing 2 months' travel
through the UK and Europe, I have now begun the huge task of whittling down the vast number of images captured.

I concluded my adventures with a 10 day stay in the Marche region of Central Italy. The weather was wonderful, despite most afternoons bringing thunderous clouds (like that caught above) for a brief visit that didn't often produce any or much rain.

Have missed visiting your blogs!

Joining in with Skywatch Friday

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