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 planet (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!).

Picture of the Week #635

Cross stitch of Catherine of Aragon’s badge and other mementos at her grave in Peterborough Cathedral. Photo May 2015

Since I didn’t do a books and events round-up for this month because of the continued delays, etc. due to the pandemic, I did want to mention that the Katharine of Aragon Festival at Peterborough Cathedral will still happen this year and will be in part online (so maybe I’ll be able to see some of it from here in Texas!). You can learn more about this year’s festival at the link above.

Picture of the Week #629

Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

This is a view of the south and east sides of the William & Mary section of Hampton Court. I’m glad that they weren’t able to complete their plans to tear down all of the Tudor section! But I do like the hodgepodge of building styles you see there now since it is a good way to learn the different architectural eras.