The Guildford Castle gardens are a riot of colour at the moment, with a plethora of poppies in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
The image has been altered (accidentally) to give the impression of an illustration rather than a traditional photograph.
A bright but chilly start to the May Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures only just above freezing. After seeing many inspirational photos recently from friends of the bluebell displays around the South East, it prompted me to drive over to the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum with my camera.
Probably just in time too, as the helpful lady at the entrance was saying that this was probably the last weekend for the bluebells.
There were plenty of bluebells still to see and admire. Often the camera just doesn’t do the carpet of blue justice.
The blooming azaleas were stunningly magnificent in their white and pinks.
Posted in Close-up, DoF, Gardens, Landscapes, Macro, Nature, Outdoor, Photography
Tagged 2014, Azaleas, Bluebells, National Trust, Spring, Winkworth Arboretum
There is nothing like receiving an unexpected bunch of flowers from a friend as a thank you and a farewell.
What a difference a day makes? Blues skies, bright sunshine and warmer weather. We travelled down to Portsmouth Harbour by train, had lunch on the quay side at Fire & Stone and did a little shopping for some much needed party wear.
The habour provide me with a great opportunity capture some pictures and to play with a newly discovered function on my camera called Mini or Emphasize.
Posted in Artistic, DoF, Outdoor, Photography, Scenery
Tagged 2013, 2013PAD, Boats, Buildings, January, Portsmouth Harbour, Sussex
Picturesque afternoon tea at Nest Home & Cafe in Ripley. This gorgeous lifestyle shop and cafe combo is a completely delightful destination in Surrey with plenty of warmth, character and charm.
Of course, afternoon tea isn’t complete without a slice of home-made cake and who could resist these totally tempting and tasty cakes. Lemon and Pistachio for me and, an old favourite, Carrot cake for my husband. It wasn’t long before our stylish plates were empty.
Nest Café uses these elegantly rustic Juliska ceramics and glassware, which are available to purchase allowing you to take a little bit of the style-experience home with you.
Despite the heaters and cozy Nest blankets, no one was brave enough to sit outside this afternoon.
We were very happy with our window seat, which provided a perfect place to watch the world go by.
Posted in Artistic, Close-up, DoF, Food, Photography
Tagged 2013, 2013PAD, Afternoon tea, Food, January, lifestyle shop, Nest Home & Cafe, Ripley, Surrey