Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy couple

Spotted while viewing Paris from the Batobus on the River Seine
Linking in with Our World Tuesday 

Monday, July 28, 2014

An interloper !

While exploring the many delights contained within Monet's Garden in Giverny, I spotted this interloper!
Contributing to Macro Monday2 with thanks to Gemma for hosting.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Another Louvre attraction

This fountain is in the grounds of the Louvre in Paris
and adjacent to the illuminated pyramid I posted earlier this month.
Linking up with James' Weekend Reflection

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunset at Victor

Linking up with other sky-watchers at Skywatch Friday and
with thanks to our hosts, Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Old Moreton Hall

Old (or Little) Moreton Hall, is a National Trust property situated in Congleton, Cheshire, UK which was initially constructed around 1504 to 1508 by the Moreton family who were wealthy landowners in the area and the house was a symbol of their prosperity.
A subsequent addition to the building was constructed in 1610.

No, the photo hasn't been "artistically adapted", the building really does have that unusual and uneven appearance!

This is the interior courtyard

and the window of the family chapel (which room appears below)

This is a hand-worked kneeling pad for prayers

Exterior window from the courtyard

 And an explanation of the method of wall construction used !

together with a cut-away view of the walls

This is the Tudor-style family dining room

and here one of the carpenters has left his mark for posterity!

This long hall is the top floor, as appears in the first photo (sorry, I didn't note its purpose!)

but here you can see the uneven construction

and finally some detail in the side leadlight windows.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday
(with thanks to our faithful hosts)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Seeing double

Italian countryside
Linking up with James' Weekend Reflection
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Let there be music !

Atop the National Academy of Music in Paris, France
Sharing with others at Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wild Waitpinga

While sharing the delights of South Australia's wonderful Fleurieu Peninsula recently with my English visitors, we stopped by Waitpinga - a popular beach-fishing spot

The waves also provided this guy with an outlet for his energy after a day at the office!

To see other outdoor scenes from around the world,

Monday, July 14, 2014

Authentic Paris

This cute vehicle was spotted adjacent to the Louvre the same evening
as that shown in my earlier post (the illuminated pyramid). . .

.... together with this couple capturing their adventure in PARadISe, reinforcing the saying that "Paris was made for lovers" !

To see more views from around the world, visit

Waiting for business

These colourful beach umbrellas with acompanying tables, chairs or sunbeds, were "at the ready" for an influx of beachside visitors to Fano on the east cost of Central Italy back in May.
(The fellow basking on the rocks obviously likes a more rugged approach to his coastal outing!)

A thoughtful touch! .... not far from the shore were these equally colourful private changerooms
and the whole area was kept beautifully clean.
(In the foreground there appears to be a dance floor set up perhaps for evening entertainment - now that's a beach holiday with style!)

With appreciation, am linking up to 

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Welsh moon !

At Crickhowell in Wales, early morning.

Joining others at Skywatch Friday

(my previous post seemed more appropriately linked with Weekend Reflections, so am substituting this image for Skywatch)

April in Paris

The illuminated pyramid adjacent to the Louvre was an understandable attraction for those taking a stroll on a balmy evening in Paris 

A surprisingly quiet Quai des Tuileries that same evening

... and the Eiffel Tower showing her stunning evening jewels
(yes, it's far from a perfect capture, however am posting it anyway -
I took my tripod along that evening but, sadly,
 not the camera attachment !! 

For more reflections, visit James' Weekend Reflection

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beautiful Wales

 During my recent holiday exchange in the UK, after spending a few days with friends in Cornwall, I decided to drive up through Wales back to the said home.

As there was no rush to get back, a night's stopover at a B&B seemed a good idea, giving me the chance to explore the magnificent countryside at a relaxed pace.

I opted for the charming town of Crickhowell, a little NW of Abergavenney (see map below)

It was a delightful visit and I am grateful for the opportunity to have seen the glorious countryside and for the good weather too!

Joining in with fellow bloggers at Outdoor Wednesday
and thanks to Susan for hosting.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A simple pleasure

In the fast pace of today's technological world, with its sense of urgency and the acquisition of material things, this little girl enjoying playing with a bucket and spade at the beach in St Malo, Bretagne was an endearing reminder of the joys to be found in simple activities.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Iris + "friends" at Giverny

This gorgeous Bearded Iris caught my attention as we sauntered through the charming village in Giverny on our way to Monet's Garden, where further delights awaited.......

There are way too many gorgeous blooms captured during that outing to include in one post, so I will spread them out over coming weeks.

Meantime I hope you will also visit the following memes to feast your eyes on the contributions of fellow bloggers.  Enjoy!

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