Tuesday, September 28, 2010
With all the nice weather we thought we'd go out last night and do a family photo again. What we hadn't planned for was the swarm of aphids that awaited us at the location. It was bad. In the photo below you can see them reflecting the sun in the right hand side of the image. First it was mosquitoes earlier in the year now it is aphids, great. Oh well what can you do? At least it's not snowing yet right?
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I promised my self (and Des) before we left, that I would take more pictures of the two of us and not just the things we saw. About the third day into our trip I started to really appreciate the time I was getting to spend with Des away from the pressures back home. I found my self looking at her with new eyes (actually the old eyes I saw her with when we first met) and I fell in love with her again. It was so nice to be able reconnect. We still argued a few times and had a huge blow up in London over something small but I came back from our trip with more then just some nice pictures; I came back with a more consummate love for my wife.
After our walk with David we went on a few more walks with Alison to Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Castle while David went to work.
Monday, April 19, 2010
We headed off bright and early on our second day in England. Our first stop was Ashby de la Zouch Castle. This was a really fun place to explore. You can still re ch the top of the tallest structure (78 ft high) by climbing a spiraling stone stair case in the middle. There is also a tunnel that goes from the tower to the kitchen which is behind the structure on the left. Ashby castle began as a manor house in the 12th century and achieved castle status in the 15th century after additions were made to it.
Our next stop of the day turned out to be a real treat. When we arrived at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens there was a medieval festival going on. it was amazing to see all the "towns people" in period clothing and acting in character. It sure put our local festival to shame. the knights were actually wearing amour and not dressed up in hockey equipment like they do here. They had lots of demonstrations and tents set up with several merchants selling their wares.
We ended the day by going to Kirby Muxloe Castle. we arrived later in the day and there were no other people around. The moated remains offered a peaceful environment to sit and talk.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
As we hiked along the valley I couldn't help but picturing this setting as something out of a book or movie.
This is the Keep, which was built in 1176
The countryside is so beautiful. The farm lands look more like highly manicured lawns than anything else. All of the fields are separated by rock fences and trimmed bushes. Everything was so green due to the year round moisture the area gets.
Our next stop was Bolsover Castle. The original fortress was purchased in 1612 and was continually added to just because the owners had the money and wanted a "fashionable retreat."
Our last sight we visited on our first day was Rufford Abbey (c. 1170) which was transformed into a "great house"