Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

We Will Remember Them 1914-18 London Poppies.

Hi folks,

Well I had to do it, go to London that is and photograph the poppies in the Tower of London moat. Not sure whether I picked the right day as it was half term and the children were on holiday from school. As it was I think I did ok, it was nice to see parents and children together at this most important time in our history.
The sad thing was that each poppy represents a lost life in the first world war and I was shocked at the amount of life lost and the poppies brought this massive loss home to me.
Four of us went up there in two waves and I was lucky to go early and catch the light even though the train was full to bursting. We stayed well into the evening to try and get images and although the poppies were not illuminated directly it worked out ok.
Below are a few of the day.

As dusk fell.

Thanks for looking, Mike

Monday, 27 October 2014

Sheffield Park Garden Colours, East Sussex.

Hi folks,
Saturday was our trip to these gardens about 50 miles away from home.  Not a lot to say about this National Trust garden except enjoy.

Just a help to enjoy the images, click on any photo and you will be taken to another window to view them. Click on each and then click the cross to return to the blog.
Thanks for looking, Mike

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Scotney Castle Gardens in the Fall

Hi folks,
Just a few of this National Trust property we visited at the weekend.

Gardens with autumn glow.

Tree by the boat house with leaves dropping like snow.

Close up of the beautiful leaves from the tree above.

The boat house.


Lastly the wife Sue and our friend Margaret.

Thanks for looking, Mike

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Cathedral on the Marsh, Lydd

Hi folks, after a few days away I bring you some of our journey around Kent.

All Saints Parish Church, known as the "Cathedral on the Marsh" is the longest church in Kent at 199 ft (61 meters) and has one of the tallest towers in the county at 132 ft (40 meters). Parts of it where built in the 5th century and the first church registers for christenings and marriages are in 1542.

It houses an interesting collection of Monumental Brasses on the floor and some placed on the north wall to protect them from wear.

In the Nave are a selection of fruit and flowers from Harvest Festival.

Various plaques are on the wall, this one in memory of a 22 years old killed on the Somme in the "Great War", which is very poignant at this time.

The north wall is the site of the crest and motto. 

next to it fixed to the wall are remnants of the Rood Screen, there were actually nine pieces in all.

Shot of the splendid ceiling under the bell tower.

In the Chancel is a memorial to Thomas Godfrey with above it the coats of arms of his three wives.

In 1940 a stray bomb destroyed the Sanctuary and the roofs and windows badly damaged.  The repairs and restoration were completed in 1958 with a new brighter ceiling as you can see with the original roof beyond.

Newly fitted modern lancet windows and another altar finished the renovation.

I like to find the Year candle and here it is, looking towards the Sanctuary.

The view from the rear showing the renewed Sanctuary and renovated window and surrounds to the St John Chapel.  It is not too obvious although the window of the Lady Chapel is different not all of the church was built at the same time and there must have been a reason.

Thanks for looking, Mike