Square roofs

I suspect that many people don’t notice the roofs I’m showing you today. Most visitors to the area are looking in the other direction, at the Cathedral. But I’ve always liked this view as well.

They’re rather handsome don’t you think?

Becky has a minimalist roof with an elegant visitor!

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Saturated and then some

Lovely Paula has managed to find time to set us a Thursday Special challenge, despite being overworked. I really like the theme she’s chosen, saturation, it’s something I dabble with from time to time. I’m aware that it’s all too easy to get carried away and usually I reign myself in. No such self restraint this time, how green is your valley?

Probably more subtle like this original.

Hey, everyone goes OTT sometimes!

 

Millenium Lines

The Guildhall shopping centre in Exeter was created in a historic area right in the middle of the town in the 1970’s. Although there’s a lot of concrete, there are a few little gems ,like the tiny church of St Pancras, first recordedĀ  in 1191 and the former Turk’s Head tavern building that’s at least 700 years old.

A mosaic was created, for the shopping centre at the turn of the millennium, by schools and community groups. Somewhere around a thousand 10 cm wooden squares were decorated and mounted in eleven lines on a shop wall.

Wouldn’t it have been nice to be involved in something like that, and still see your square eighteen years later?

This is my post my the weekly photo challenge of lines.

Awakening

There’s something about transitions and thresholds that I find fascinating, yet I can’t pinpoint it. Walking the dogs today, I saw this very handsome, but still very sleepy tree.

ThenĀ  further across the fields I spy this blossom.

Last year’s oak leaves hanging on.

This little wood wasn’t here the last time I came to Eastern fields.

Hooray for hawthorn, creamy flowers in May, Hawthorn Jelly later in summer.

The tops of these trees are waking up, I must re-learn the tree names that I knew in infant school.

Oh the limitations of a phone camera!

A serpent awakening?

Let’s end with damsons – or sloes?

We’re all observing the late arrival of spring in the UK, and this is my second post for ‘Awakening’, this weeks photo challenge.

Traces of the past

Next to mine own Shippe
I do love most
that old Shippe
in Exon a tavern
in St Martins lane

These are the words of Sir Francis Drake, a sea captain and slave trader, he carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in 1577 – 1580. In 1588 he helped defeat the Spanish Armada, but only after he’d finished his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe. His home in Devon, Buckland Abbey is owned by the National Trust.

The Ship Inn pub is now sadly part of a chain but it still retains it’s character, who knows maybe Sir Francis still visits. This post is for Paula’s Thursday Special, Traces of the past, she has a beautiful photo of lake Bled this week.

#MarchSquare 16

I had the chance to pop into town today, so armed with phone i kept my squares eyes for any images that you might like. I’ve tried to photograph this mosaic before, but in the evening in poor light. Today it worked okay.

 

Isn’t it pretty? Do you have square eyes this month to join in with Becky? She likes circles inside squares too, if you look hard enough there are some here!

Traces of the past

For what seems like forever there’s been scaffolding around the tower of St Mary Steps church in Exeter, and it’s finally been removed to reveal the restored clock. The church is 12th century and sited near where there was once the old West Gate to the city.You may have seen the photo of the clock yesterday, but todays post is for Paula who is sharing the very grand Rosslyn chapel in Scotland for her Black and White Sunday Challenge.

#March Square 4

Having been hidden behind plastic and scaffolding or ages the restoration of Matthew the Miller is complete! this wonderful clock from the 1620’s looks bright and sparkly again.

I’m sorry the dial doesn’t look as square as it actually is, or as bright, but zooming on an i phone is a bit hopeless. tomorrow I’ll show you the tower so you can get an idea of how it looks.

day 4 of Becky’s March Square challenge and I’m addicted to square photos now!