Picture of the Week #659

Stained glass window at the Church of St Michael, Framlingham. Photo May 2015.

I tried to do a little digging to figure out whose arms are in the center of the window but I didn’t have any luck. If anyone knows, please leave a comment!

Picture of the Week #654

The Whitehall Mural by Remigius van Leemput (1667) at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

This is one of two surviving copies of the Whitehall Mural by Hans Holbein the Younger. The original was destroyed in a fire but we do have part of the preparatory sketch, which is held by the National Portrait Gallery. (Apologies for the glare and blur on the photo!)

Picture of the Week #647

Walking a path at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

I think the original intent of this photo was to capture the outside of the part of the Palace that has the old Tudor tennis court, but now I’m thinking that part was actually just out of the photo frame behind me. My vague recollection was that there was some scaffolding up for some maintenance work at the courts, so that’s why I didn’t take a photo of that part. Of three visits to Hampton Court, I’ve only actually had a chance to peek into the courts once, so I’d really like another chance to see them and watch a game of Real Tennis!

Picture of the Week #646

Gardens at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk. Photo May 2015.

I’m sensing I’m having a bit of a garden theme going on recently. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m really missing being able to have a garden – I’m in an apartment and I get almost no sunlight on my patio (which is actually a pretty good thing in the Texas summers) so I’m limited at the moment to a shade-tolerant houseplant in my main window. Although as a big fan of Hot Fuzz I’m amused that the plant (which was given to me a few years ago) is a Japanese Peace Lily. 😀

Picture of the Week #644

Woodland walk at Blickling Hall. Photo May 2015.

Happy Spring for the northern hemisphere! Things have usually fully bloomed and leafed out here in central Texas by now, but things are a little delayed this year because of the Big Freeze last month so I was looking for something colorful for this week.

Picture of the Week #643

Historical farming equipment at Mary Arden’s Farm in Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

This is the time of year that I really miss having a garden. I think I’m going to have to finally see if I can get a plot at the nearby community garden or at the one I had a plot at in college (which will be more convenient whenever I’m finally back to driving from home to work again!).