A large percentage of my pictures could probably be classified as Odd Balls. But for Cee’s encouragement, this shot, taken in Zurich, Switzerland, would never have seen the light of day.
The patterns, colours and details intrigue me: the layering of classic, European brick and tile patterns on the chimneys with the decorative friezes around the roofline. The cap and crown of the tallest chimney seem to be modelled on an ancient building. How much creativity and craftsmanship have gone into details like these, mostly unseen by the passers by below? Continue reading “Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge”
Fountains Abbey was built by Cistercians in an isolated spot where the River Skell meanders through a steep sided valley. It’s part of the varied and extensive Studley Royal Estate, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular pay-to-enter of the National Trust’s sites. Continue reading “Fountains Abbey: a Jewel in the National Trust’s Crown”
At first sight the carved details seem well preserved so you may need to look carefully to notice that the winged cherubs have somehow lost their heads while guarding this magnificent tomb in Glasgow’s Victorian cemetery, the Necropolis. Continue reading “Three headless cherubs”
Broadway Tower, a faux Saxon Castle, was perfectly positioned by Capability Brown to take advantage of the outstanding hilltop view from the Cotswold Way over several English counties. One a clear day, it’s possible to see the Welsh hills from the top of this folly. Continue reading “Broadway Tower: a Folly”
I often post about cottage garden plants, more rarely about the homes themselves. These beautiful thatched cottages (neighbours of Hidcote Manor Gardens) show the love owners of traditional homes often have for climbing and rambling roses. Continue reading “Traditional homes and cottage garden plants”
Looking through other blogger’s submissions for this week’s photo challenge: intricate took me back a few years.
My sweetheart had read that some fine examples of carved green men were beautifully preserved at the Church of St Mary and St David in Kilpeck, Herefordshire, and was keen to see them. Continue reading “Kilpeck Carvings”
Zurich is such a visually aware city, and life seems richer for it. I’ve never seen such a fascinating mix of traditional and contemporary design – or better examples of branding signs. Continue reading “Gallery: Zurich Old Town”