Day #066

It may be raining, but the garden is a hive of activity today! And our little robin is being particularly cute – he hasn’t stopped singing yet!

The musical robin, up on his perch ...

The musical robin, up on his perch …

On his way to one of the bird food tables ...

On his way to one of the bird food tables …

Keeping an eye on me between each seed ...

Keeping an eye on me between each seed …

Until next time …

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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 …

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 …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is unique. Great challenge! Here are some things that are unique to me …

Just wish to add, it’s my mums birthday today! About to go and create some unique memories as we celebrate 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Free Spirit.

I would like to think that having a free spirit is not necessarily about throwing caution to the wind and being completely spontaneous – though that is certainly part of it, and a quality of character that makes life so much more exciting – but to me it is more about breaking away from society, even if only for a couple of hours to ramble through a forest, or hiking through the mountains, or taking a boat out onto the sea. It is these moments in life that I consider to show my free spirit, and it is these moments that I cherish every chance I get.

My first picture is from my trip to Puerto Rico back in January. We were on the island of Culebra, on Flamenco Beach, and I couldn’t resist taking this picture – I think it represents my idea of free spiritedness quite aptly!

This second picture is also from Puerto Rico. Can you imagine being as free as a bird, flying all over that beautiful island? It must be amazing.

Until next time …