Picture of the Week #727

Graveyard at St Michael’s, Framlingham. Photo May 2015.

Once again I tried to find something kind of Halloween-ish this year, but since I’ve never been to Britain in the fall (someday!!), I’ll have to make do with trees that have autumnal-colored new growth instead.

Picture of the Week #726

St. Nicholas Church, Blakeney, Norfolk, England. Photo May 2015.

This is the west tower of the church – I’ll eventually post a photo that also shows the eastern tower, which may have been used as a beacon. The church is up on a hill and it easily visible from the beach, so it’s likely this tower and/or the eastern tower were used a navigation points when the town was a very active seaport from medieval times up to the 20th century.

Picture of the Week #723

Reconstruction of Richard III at the Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester, England. Photo May 2015.

I could have sworn that I had already used this photo but apparently I hadn’t so I thought I would post it today for Richard’s birthday.

Picture of the Week #720

Royal Standard above the Round Tower at Windsor Castle. Photo May 2015.

I was trying to think of a good picture to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II this past Thursday and chose another view of the Royal Standard at Windsor Castle, since both of the times I visited the castle she was in residence.

Picture of the Week #718

Village of Collyweston in Northamptonshire, England. Photo May 2015.

Something a little different this week – an evening view of the village and landscape out of the window of my room at The Collyweston Slater (highly recommended place to eat, drink, and/or stay if you’re in the area!). Collyweston was the site of the grand house of Margaret Beaufort, although little of it remains today. Unfortunately I didn’t really have time to explore the area but since the village was in a convenient place along the route I was driving I couldn’t resist at least staying the night there. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to get back there and explore the area a bit more.

Picture of the Week #715

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

Since we’re in the grasp of an even-more-atrocious-than-normal Texas summer and all of our lawns are brown and crunchy, I needed to see some green! This shot of the cottage is a really hard one to get without a lot of tourists in the way, so here’s where I’ll confess to Photoshopping a couple of people out of it. Content-aware-fill FTW!

Picture of the Week #713

Window at Framlingham Castle. Photo May 2015.

Even though I just used a Framlingham Castle photo in early June, I had to use one this week since it’s the anniversary of Mary I asserting her claim to the throne and ending Jane Grey’s 9-day reign. I think there is some debate about the effectiveness of the castle’s defenses (at least by the mid-16th century), but this narrow, deep-set window shows that it seems to have some defensive strengths.