And then I came upon the sunken garden and this splash of colour, a glorious cascade of scarlet leaves, Virginia Creeper I think, that must have migrated from the wall of the old house and settled here to decorate these steps. And just a bit further on, the brilliant red of the Holly berries caught my eye - a dazzling display of colour in the midst of the dying of the year.
A glorious sunny day but few people It's not just Covid-19. The weather forecast influences people's decisions but often the meteorological office gets it wrong. And so it was today. The temperature was supposed to be around 17ᵒ with cloudy patches but we had wall-to-wall sunshine and it felt like mid-20s. The result was that … Continue reading What I saw on my walk today
Elena Bezborodova's memorial to the Royal Family of Russia, murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. This Memorial was erected at East Cowes, Isle of Wight to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of their deaths. In 1909, Tsar Nicolas ll and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia (Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt, grand-daughter of Queen Victoria) along with their five … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: The Romanovs on the Isle of Wight
Just 40 Kl from Görlitz in German Saxony lies Bautzen, the town famous for the fact that all political prisoners were sent here at one time, and which celebrated its 1000-year-old existence just a few years ago. Although heavily damaged during World War II Bautzen has been well restored but it still retains the air … Continue reading Bautzen: The Sorbs in Saxony
For over half a century the delights of German Saxony remained hidden from a large part of the world due to it being part of the former East Germany. Since German reunification however, this lovely state in south east Germany is once again attracting visitors drawn there by its archecture, its craftwork and its traditions. … Continue reading Gorlitz: Stunning in Saxony
A Blue Day in Austria Between lakes and mountains on an unforgettable trip in the South Tyrol. This was late evening on my way to a Spa hotel where they had a vibrating bed!
Mosaic sculpture Antarctic 100 erected in Waterfront Park, Cardiff, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the polar expedition which left from Cardiff in 1910 led by Captain Scott. The sculpture is by Jonathan Williams and it was erected in 2003. It is perhaps fitting that this sculpture stands in front of the Nordic Church which … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: Scott of the Antarctic in Cardiff
NARNIA - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Clive Staples Lewis (known as Jack), the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, was born in Belfast on November 29th, 1898 to the comfortably off Albert James and Flora Augusta Hamilton. He grew up happily in a house called Little Lea, a house that is generally … Continue reading Narnia in Belfast
Statue of Jimi Hendrix in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight Festival had rightly taken its place at the pinnacle of music festivals by 1970. On this small island off the south coast of the UK the August 1970 event welcomed over more than 600,000 people to tune in and freak out. It … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: Jimi Hendrix
Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Srauss was playing in the background as I worked and my thoughts drifted to the trip I’d had a few years ago through that lovely green space outside Vienna, designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The Woods are not as portrayed in the two films I’ve seen: rather … Continue reading My Tale from the Vienna Woods