Photos

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 02:40 pm
debris4spike: (Camera)
I joined [livejournal.com profile] photo_scavenger when it started and in her latest post, [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat pointed out that a lot of people have drifted away.  I will admit I am one of them, despite my best intentions.  I wonder how many on my f-list are members ... and if so if they ever have a go.  All it is, is one photo-challenge per week.

Anyway, as I'm off sick with flu, I have gone through this years holiday photos to post the last 6 colour challenges.  All were in America, July 2017.

Colourful, brown, orange, grey white, blue

This way to the colours )

So, pop over and have a go!
debris4spike: (Camera)
... England had a Bank Holiday, and the weather was lovely!  Truly felt so wrong, even though it was lovely.

Christine came over for the day, and after an early lunch I drove us to Sand, in Sidbury.  As well as the famous stately homes, we still have houses that are privately owned, and open a few days a year to help with the upkeep.  Sand is one.  We were given a guided tour, as well as a history lesson, by the owner.  Obviously there are no indoor photos, but for a house that dates back to 1200 it was fascinating.

The small original building was ignored in 1300 when a new building was built, and then in 1500's the original was added to, thus making a Tudor house.  The owners rented it out for years which meant no real changes were made, although lighting, indoor plumbing etc was added at the beginning of the 20th century.

Anyway, here is the house and gardens ... in the sun )

Stonehenge

Sunday, August 27th, 2017 03:24 pm
debris4spike: (Stonehenge)
Well my last 2 posts have both been from Salisbury, which was half of the coach trip I went on with Christine.  The other half was Stonehenge, which I should imagine everyone has heard of.

I had been before ... age 3, so didn't remember much!!!!!

There is a new visitor centre, which is well laid out, but don't bother stopping at the coffee shop ... the cake I had was dry, and then I got stung on the foot by a bee!

A step back in time )

Salisbury

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 08:26 pm
debris4spike: (Camera)
... And, of course, that beautiful Cathedral is in a city ....As you can see here )

As with all towns, there is always more than one Church ... we went round The Parish Church of St Thomas & St EdmundRead more... )

Salisbury Cathedral

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 07:53 pm
debris4spike: (Amen!)
I promised you these photos a few days back, and here are the images of the Cathedral ... a superb cathedral, with some long history.

The first Salisbury Cathedral was completed at Old Sarum in 1092 under Osmund, the first Bishop of Salisbury. The Domesday Book is thought to have been presented to William the Conqueror at Old Sarum a few years earlier, in 1086. Disputes with the military and scarce water supplies led to an alternative location being sought and in 1220 a new site for the Cathedral was consecrated at New Sarum.

The foundation stones were laid on 28th April 1220. The first part to be completed was the three eastern chapels named for St Stephen, Trinity, and St Peter. The building of the new cathedral was greatly helped by the energy of the bishop and the patronage of powerful people, including King Henry III, who donated trees from Ireland and estates in Wiltshire for the roof timbers, doors, etc., and Alice Brewer, who gave marble for 12 years from her Purbeck quarry, which provided capitals, shafts, columns and bases inside, and some shafts outside. The Bishop, Dean, and 52 Canons also each made substantial donations from income derived from their estates, or prebends.

The main body of the cathedral was finished by the consecration on 29 September 1258. But the whole project also included the West Front, the Cloisters, the Chapter House, and the (now demolished) detached Bell Tower, which stood between the High Street Gate and the Cathedral. All of these were probably completed by 1266.

Even more spectacularly, the Cathedral was enlarged upwards between 1300 and 1320, by the incomparable tower and spire. This development was not unique to Salisbury – the cathedrals in London (old St Paul’s) and Lincoln both had taller spires, if only of timber and lead – but this one has proved the longest-lived, and since the late 16th century has been the tallest in England, standing at 404 ft/123m. It seems likely the spire was severely damaged within a few years of completion, and so needed repairs for which the still-existing internal scaffolding was built.

And, here is what it looks like in the 21st century )

A Nice Thursday

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 05:15 pm
debris4spike: (Camera)
A couple of days ago, I took the day off work, and Christine came over.

We started the day with taking Jiffy for a local walk, and then we looked at some of my American photos on the computer.

After an early lunch the two of us headed out to the outskirts of Exeter. One great thing about this city is within a couple of miles you are literally in the middle of nowhere. We went to see Fursdon House. It is a house that has a basic Tudor inner, with a Georgian extension and facade. As it is still privately owned, I couldn't take photos inside, but thought you might like to see some images of the gardens.

Enjoying nature )

A Nice Walk

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 06:14 pm
debris4spike: (Woodland walk)
Last week Christine, Jiffy and I went to Becky Falls It was great fun - Jiffy only needed help once at the end, and ended up sleeping all the following day!
Enjoying a walk )

Happy Father's Day

Sunday, June 18th, 2017 08:11 pm
debris4spike: (Dad)
Happy Father's Day to all dads ... and remembering those who don't have a dad, or have a dad but not one as amazing as mine was.

Thank you Dad - miss you xx

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No real news as I am still wallowing, although feel that my head bobs above water from tim to time ... so at least there is a little progress.

My achilles tendon is still sore, but my new glasses are working well.  I had to have a fancy prescription this time as sadly my sight is getting slightly worse each year in my right eye (the one I had the operation in).  The retina was detatched completely in 1988, so the fact that I can see at all is amazing.

Anyway enough of that - I kept promising to share a couple of photos of my conservatory.  I did take some before photos but decided to just share these few taken this morning.

A sunny morning )
debris4spike: (M&D wedding)
Yesterday I drove to Nick & Brenda's to have lunch with them to celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary.

We had a nice lunch, with a couple who are close friends from Church, then back to their house for the photos.  Brenda and I also had a great walk before I headed back home.  A great day, that I really enjoyed.

Sadly Tim & Claire were busy, as were her siblings ... although more sadly her Dad had a stroke last wek.  So I was the only one there, but I wouldn;t have missed it for anything.

23/05/1992-
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25 years on-
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And a few of the family )
debris4spike: (Rose)
As I said Christine and I had a great day out on Friday when we went to Burrow Farm Gardens . Although it rained off and on it didn't stop us enjoying the gardens ... or having some lovely cake!


Enjoy a stroll )

20 Assorted Icons

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 08:59 pm
debris4spike: (Guitar)
I have actually managed to get a set of icons made.  This is for round 3 of [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo  It is in many ways hard as we are given a theme of "Dark & Light" .... but I find the hard thing is deciding what images/theme to use.  So this set of 20 are a bit of a missmatched set of themes.  However they are all dark/light ... I hope!

Anyway here are my 3 teasers -




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Here they are, if you want to peep )

Exeter Guildhall 1

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
This morning I went on a guided tour of Exeter Guildhall .  I had been in the building a few years ago, but this time I got to know both the history, and see behind the scenes.

1190 Richard I granted a charter placing the city under the rule of a Mayor, and the main section of the building was built in the early 1300's.

Looking at history )

I Am Still Alive!

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 03:25 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
Wow

How did I manage to dissappear for that long - so far behind?  I suppose it asn't helped that I have been working a couple of "normal" weeks, which is actually only 3 1/2 days, but I have been very tired the rest of the time.  I also ended up very sore after having Carpel Tunnel injection.  The GP just caught a nerve as he put the needle in, and although he moved it it was still really sore for a week.

Jiffy has been keeping OK, which is good.

I have booked my holiday.  I will be out of the country for almost all of July (and a couple of days of June).  This coming Thursday I shall be meeting up with a lady and her dog who may be Jiffy's carer for the holiday.

The decorating is finished for the present.  I am slowly trying to pack things away in their permenant home.  However I have decided to have a conservatory built!  So some things will have to move again after Easter.  I will post some pictures soon, I promise.

Still I am posting a couple of pictures here.  Last Wednesday I had an email to say that Mum & Dad's stones had been placed.  If you are on Facebook you will have seen the overall view, but here are some more.

RIP Mum & Dad )
debris4spike: (Upminster)
As I have already posted I went to Auntie Joyce's 90th birthday this last weekend.  The older she gets, the more she gets like her mum (I suppose that will happen to me - you have been warned!).  She is quite a numb person, with no real emotions.  So sad.  When I arrived, and left, I gave her a hug ... but I might as well have hugged the lamp-post near the drive ... no reaction at all.

She didn't want any cards, and asked me to pop her balloons before I left (I didn't!).  Still it was a good event the coffee morning put on, with other friends invited, and a lovely spread of food.A couple of photos )


Jiffy was a good boy - he slept much of it, despite over 50 people talking around him ... some people congratulated him by giving him a sausage roll and half a cheese scone!And here's the proof )



As ever Jiffy made himself at homeAnd kept guard )

I am trying to get the camera out a bit more this year, so here are a couple of photos I took while in Clacton ...  )
debris4spike: (Captain John - hands on belt)
As you may have seen, I have been MIA, which is why I need to do catch-up. I have been to Auntie Joyce's 90th birthday last Friday. She is Dad's sister, and as you can see that like Dad 2 years ago, she doesn't really look 90.

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There are a few more photos that I took and will post in the next couple of days.

Anyway, here is my 365 meme catch-up!


26 - List your pets.

In the past Mum & Dad had 3 spaniels.
Scrappy, a golden one who died when she was 13 and I was 6.
Perry (my first love), a blue roan, and died a month before his 5th birthday.
Misty, a white & orange, who was 15 1/2 when he died.

Now there is Jiffy a Westie who is 10 1/2 now ...and as mad as ever.

My other "first love" was Jaykub, a Welsh Cob cross, who died when he was 10, and then I had my namesake, DJ, a dappled grey Connemara on loan until he was 10 (he now lives in Windsor)


27 - Today I felt really secure knowing ______

That I was able to be with Auntie Joyce on her birthday.


28 - Whose life did you make a difference in today?

I spent the day with Jiffy and Auntie Joyce, but don't know if I made any difference there.  However I did buy Claire's birthday pressie, so next week that will make a diffenence to her!


29 - What is your super power?

To be able to spot a spider and run away!


The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Happy Birthday)
What kind of car are you driving?

A Toyota Aygo, that I bought in July ...
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The list of 365 questions can be found here


And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a very special author .... thank you for all your great work, [livejournal.com profile] slaymesoftly ... Have a lovely day, and best wishes for the coming year.

Birthday Graphics

365 Meme Day 19

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 07:59 pm
debris4spike: (Camera)
I wish I had _____

.... a new lens for my camera, one with a longer zoom. In fact, I may decide to treat myself before my trip to USA!


The list of 365 questions can be found here

365 Meme Day 4

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 08:17 pm
debris4spike: (Dad)
What is your best memory of last year?

I had some truly special times with Dad .... I have posted the pictures before, but this one of us on Father's Day is just so wonderful. I was trying to get Dad to look at the camera and we had such a long laugh.

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There are other great moments, but these moments still make me smile, as I think of them.


The list of 365 questions can be found here


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Yes, I'm all behind with replying to comments, I know. I aim to catch up over the weekend. I am back at work, but struggling with tiredness, as well as still a bit of a cough. Today I left 1 1/2 hours early ... but just so glad to have stayed that long. Back again tomorrow.
debris4spike: (Family)
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family

Obviously none this year - but here are a couple from the last few years. This one was taken when we were on holiday in Kos in 2007 ... we went over for a day trip to Turkey
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2012 - Mum & Dad's Diamond Anniversary
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And, our last family photo - March 2015, on Tim & Claire's Silver Anniversary.
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