Another bench with a view

Late April and there is still a little time for another bench for Jude. This one was taken in April but several years ago. It’s Forde Abbey in Somerset, a lovely garden worth visiting in any season, and there are several benches with pretty good views. Forde Now, everyone has photos of benches so why not join in over at Jude’s place. There is a different them every month, May is ‘At the Beach’, in case you can’t make this month.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Tish Farrell created a very moving and personal post about Gallipoli to mark the centenary yesterday, http://tishfarrell.com/2015/04/24/no-glory-in-war-only-brave-men-wasted/ and asked about my visit. I’ve posted several times about it, with photos and a poem.  Follow the ‘related links’ if you’re interested.

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Ben at the Daily Post says

In this week’s challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.

I visited Gallipoli and Anzac Cove a few years ago as part of a tour of Turkey. To be honest I wasn’t interested and could easily had a snooze while the  others went off to see the battlefields and memorials. I’m glad I did go, it was one of the most moving days I have ever experienced. I’ve written about it before, including a poem and if you’re interested click the Turkey tag…

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Motion and light

You probably haven’t noticed my absence, but I’ve been missing for a few days. When I learnt last night that this weeks photo challenge was motion, I was quite pleased because I was on my way out to see the Font màgica de Montjuïc. Yes, I was in Barcelona!
I haven’t had time to sort out my photos yet, but here are some that I hope you like. The fountain was magical indeed, an atmosphere of happiness and joy as its colours played along to the music.

To see how other people have interpreted the challenge, visit Jen and you might like to join in.

A Morning Challenge in Heavitree

 

This morning person has no problem getting up, but finds it harder to get out the door. Today I was awake at 4.45, stressing about all the things I have to do and up at 5.20!I love the quiet hours around dawn, so yesterday partly because of the photo challenge, and partly because I was going east 125 miles to visit my daughter and family, I made special effort to walk the dogs early so I took them out at 7am, they were shocked!

Stepping into the front garden the sun bleached the colour from the pesky Spanish bluebells

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When I saw this photo I couldn’t think what shrub this was, then realised it’s Gilliae Shadownia plant!

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A view up from the path, spot the bindweed invading from next doors garden.

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Dido is trying to smell the camellia.

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Up around the block is a window I’ve always admired, in the shade this morning though. Discovery is a nursery.

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This tiny council border always has a little colour.

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if you look through the window of St Clares Chapel you can see the morning light on the window on the other side of the building.
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Here is St Clare’s, glowing in the morning light. It’s built from Heavitree stone, I think they still have a service here occasionally.
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These pods are left from autumn, anyone know what the tree is? Jude maybe?

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These are the Livery Dole Almshouses, next to St Clare’s, built by Lady Louisa Rolle in 1849, to replace earlier ones dating back to 1594. Livery Dole, from the old English Leofhere – the man who owned to land, and Dole meaning a piece of land, is a small triangle dividing Heavitree road from Magdalen road. Until 1531 heretics were burned at the stake at the junction nearby, hence the name lots of history here!
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This is a very difficult challenge for me, dawn is before 6am at present and I would need to drive a few miles to photograph anything interesting, so this is the best I could do, phone photos on a dog walk!