Landscape

The Gardens of Boboli, Florence, Italy

Florence 2016, The Gardens of Boboli where you really do need to be wearing walking boots, thank goodness we were.  Of course its just more then a garden, its one of the greatest open air museums in Florence….The gardens are a spectacular example of “green architecture” decorated with sculptures and the prototype which inspired many European Royal gardens, in particular, Versailles.  My husband had read about the sculptures and this was the reason we were now visiting this amazing green oasis, after the heaving city centre and a bonus…..the rain had stopped.

The building of the garden start in the 15th century, the original fields and gardens were laid out by the Borgolo family, in 1418 the property was bought by Luca Pitti.  In 1549 the gardens were greatly enlarged and became the Medici family’s new city residence.

The gardens continued to be enrich and enlarged in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, becoming a wonderful outdoor museum setting, for both Roman and Renaissance statues.

When you reach the highest point in the garden, you can rest and look out over the amazing view of Florence and the surrounding country side.  Next stop is the ‘The Museums of the Pitti Palace’.

Pitti Palace

 

A Walk Through Florence, Itlay

Florence 2016, after our lunch, we made our way to a garden that was on my husbands wish list, Boboli Gardens, husband has a thing about gardens, so on our way there, and its quite a walk, I took some photos.  I have played around a little with the photos as they were very dark, due to the poor light.  Next stop, the gardens.  

BT Tower, London

To me the BT Tower will always be the Post Office Tower, mainly because an uncle took myself, and my younger brother up in the lift to the top, in 1966 just after it opened in October 1965.  This really was quite scary, the lift went from the top to the bottom and then bounced back up two levels and then back down with a thud…….have never felt the same about lifts since.  But I have always thought it was an amazing building, and still is.   There is to me, something very space like about it, like a rocket about to take off. 

I took some photos in 2016 and forgot about them, but while sorting I have just come across them, and thought that I would look a little into the history.  The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower, was opened to the public in 1966, despite construction having been completed in July 1964.

The British Telecom Communication Tower in London’s West End was the first purpose-built tower to transmit high frequency radio waves, and it serves as a functional telecommunications centre designed to relay broadcast, Internet and telephone information around the world.

Costing £2 million to construct, the 189m (620ft) cylindrical tall tower is made from 13,000 tonnes of concrete, steel and glass, and at the time of opening was the tallest building in London. It’s shape was designed to reduce wind resistance and gave it stability and style.

The Beauty of the Iris

No…..is ok, I’m not going to start taking photos of plants, I diversify too much as it is, but I do love my garden, and one of my garden favourites is the majestic Iris, and followed closely by the Day Lilly.  I have about a dozen Iris and add to their number each year.  This is achieved by visiting a beautiful Iris Nursery, just outside of Kings Lynn in Norfolk.  I could spend hours just choosing which Iris I want next.   So the last time we were there, I decided I would take some photos, so I could choose for next year, but I still can’t choose, it will have to be chosen on the visit.  I wasn’t going to post them, but they are so beautiful, and someone else, might just like to look at them 🙂

 

The Passing of Summer

 I’m having a lot of difficulty in realising that Autumn is really here.  I love this time of year, but I am thinking that we didn’t really have much of summer this year.  I know we had a very hot late spring, but then it only seems like there were, just odd summer days dotted here and there.  Even looking back at my photos, we seem to have had more dull days, than hot beautiful sunny ones…..I know we should go to hot places for our holidays, well we did this year, the French Riviera, but it still managed to rain, although most of the time is was lovely hot sunshine.  So just a few late summer photos, to say farewell until next summer, when we do it all over again, but please, just a little less rain 🙂  Still…… I have an awful lot of sunny French photos to post, if I ever get around to sorting them out 🙂

Photos taken around the Fens in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk, 2017

The Dancing Trees of Killerton House, Devon

Storting through some photos, I came across some that I had taken at Killerton House in Devon, March 2016……where does the time go.  We were visiting the house, and I noticed there was a chapel in the grounds, so of course we went off to explore.  It took a long time to find the chapel, only because I had to photograph nearly every tree that I came across…….I think they are amazing, they seem to be frozen in time, dancing to an ancient ritual.  There are many ancient trees around the garden and park, including gnarled old sweet chestnuts that were planted around 250 years ago……I think they are best dancers 🙂

The Old Higher Lighthouse, Isle of Portland, Dorset

The Higher Lighthouse is the second of three lighthouse on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, that we found on our visit a few weeks ago, in August 2017.  Dating back to 1716, the Old Higher Lighthouse was the first true lighthouse on Portland Bill, although there was a beacon on the site back as far as 1620.  Originally it was lit by sixteen oil burners named after their inventor, Argond, a Frenchman.  It was the first lighthouse to use Argond lamps and was also the first in the world to have a true reflector.

At one time, along with all other lighthouses, it was compulsorily purchased by Trinity House who were concerned that it was not always lit, making navigation around Portland doubly treacherous.
Rebuilt in 1869 it was visited by King George III who, when on one of his frequent trips to Weymouth, requested to see “this new lighthouse at Portland Bill”.  The Old Higher Lighthouse remained in use until 1906 when the current red and white lighthouse superseded it.

Doctor Marie Stopes (pioneer of birth control) owned the lighthouse from 1923 until 1958 and some of her many visitors included George Bernard Shaw, HG Wells and Thomas Hardy who came to tea with his wife.  During World War II Dr Stopes rented it out to naval officers who were visited by friends and family, including Margot Fonteyn (when a mere ballerina) and her mother.

The lighthouse was restored in the mid 1960’s and the cottages are now holiday homes, with access to the tower for the views from the reinstated lantern room.