Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is forward.

When I think of forward, I think of progression, of improvement. And nothing represents that more to me than the season of spring. If you hadn’t noticed already, I absolutely love spring! I cannot wait for March to begin next week when the signs will appear once again, as we move forward out of the dark and cold winter and into the promising season of spring …

Until next time …

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Day #045

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my visit to Chris in Pennsylvania! It was such a beautiful morning to wake up to – I couldn’t help but share these 3ย  pictures with you …

Until next time …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is home.

What a fitting challenge to come up, it quite freaked me out at first! For those who don’t know, I am currently on a 2 week trip to Pennsylvania to stay with my fiancรฉ Chris.

Well, I would have like to have said that I was so excited on the plane that I couldn’t think, eat, read, etc. … But,well, that wasn’t the case! I began worrying that I was loosing interest, that I was actually not looking forward to coming to PA again.

After leaving Philadelphia airport, and on the drive back to York, I found myself pointing out new additions along the roadside, commenting on how my favourite advertisement had been taken down after all this time. It was then that I realised why I hadn’t felt anything on the flight.

Pennsylvania feels like home to me now! I have to say it’s quite a relief to finally be feeling like this, as it will only be another year before I give up my life in the UK, my job, my friends, my family, my little comforts, and move to Pennsylvania (most likely at first, anyway!).

And so, though feeble for a challenge entry (however, it’s the only picture I have, quite literally, as I only have my “travel laptop” and have yet to take any pictures!), I share this picture of a cake presented by my future mother-in-law upon my arrival home ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time …

Returning to Philadelphia … (Day #038)

One of the first photos I took once I landed in Philadelphia in August 2010 …

Tomorrow I will be flying from Heathrow to Philadelphia for my fourth visit to the USA in less than 3 years! I am, of course, visiting Chris, and will be staying a mere 2 weeks this time – that’s the least amount of time we’ve ever spent together on a visit!

It was August 2010, my first visit to the USA, when I came through Philadelphia airport. My mind now associates it with some rather severe questioning followed by being escorted into the arrivals hall by a member of the TSA staff to find Chris, and question him, prove his identity, confirm our motives … ohhh, it was quite an ordeal! But, when I arrive at Philadelphia tomorrow, I know that all they will do is take my prints and retina scan and wish me well – quite a difference, right!

My next post – probably an entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge tomorrow – will be from York, Pennsylvania. And this time around I will have a better camera, plus no crack on the car windscreen to avoid! Hurray ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time …

A hint of spring at Windsor Castle … (Day #034)

Beautifully crisp sunrise ...

Beautifully crisp sunrise …

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so beautiful in fact that I couldn’t resist getting out in it. February may only have just begun but I couldn’t help noticing the warmth in the late winter sun, how it is finally beginning to rise above the rooftops now, how I could actually go out without my coat … small things, but to someone who cannot stand the short winter days and average sunshine hours of 37.4 in December and 49.9 in January, it is a promise that I will hang on to.

I decided I would go for a walk along the Thames and up into Windsor town centre. Sure, it’s a longer route for me, but I knew it would have some beautiful opportunities for photographs – and it did!

When I arrived in Windsor, it was 10:30am. For anyone who doesn’t know, in Windsor we have a regular changing of the guard ceremony at 11am every other day (every day in the summer). It’s a parade of the guards band from the local barracks up into the castle, escorting the guards themselves. There is a changing ceremony within the castle, and then the band will parade out of the castle and back to the barracks. It’s a great attraction for tourists, and something I never get tired of! On a whim I decided it would be quite nice to see it from within the castle, as I hadn’t done that since last summer!

The guard were already waiting!

So, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead advantage card in hand (hurray, being a resident of Windsor, I can enter the castle year-round for free!), I queued up with everyone else, received my ticket, went through security, bypassed the audio tour stand, and headed straight for the area where the change took place. I arrived with only minutes to spare, and managed to find a nice spot where I knew I would get a good picture of the band and guard as they came into the castle. I had a fleeting thought about how I am usually with the crowd on the other side of the castle gate – it’s a good feeling being on the inside!

Figuring I was already in the castle, and not wanting to waste the last opportunity to visit before spring has fully sprung, I decided to stay and walk around. Taking the opportunity of less crowds as everyone stayed to watch the guard change, I wondered off up to the Round Tower …

After the Round Tower, I came around to the entrance to the State Apartments. This part of the castle is a great favourite of mine – it just looks so castle-y!

Unfortunately, I cannot post any photos of the insides of the State Apartments because no photography is allowed inside whatsoever! But, I must agree, no photo could do justice to what is inside, and if EVER you are around the area (that includes London) I would most definitely recommend a visit. It is beautiful. No words could possibly describe what awaits every visitor.

So, onto St George’s Chapel. This is definitely my favourite part of the castle, by far! I absolutely love this building, and could admire the outside for hours. I especially love the beautiful blue sky in these pictures, and the sun is not as harsh as in the summer, I think it shows the true beauty of this building …

Until next time …