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.

Picture of the Week #701

Garden center at Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk. Photo May 2015.

This is another view of the garden that I showed in Picture of the Week #608. I said then that if I had a house with a yard, I would do something like that and… well… I’m about to move back into a house with a yard. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to started until next fall/winter (summer is too hot in Texas for a lot of landscaping!) but I’m definitely planning to get some gardens going!