Wednesday, 30 April 2014

P Is For Private...

...or even 'peering' into a 'private' tennis club today with
the most amazing back drop of Warwick Castle.  

P could also be for an annoying 'post'.  What a photo (below) 
this would be if that lamp post was positioned somewhere else.

Ten minutes from Coventry is the most wonderful town of
Warwick.  Warwick is celebrating 1100th anniversary this year.  
That's right!  In 914 the first fortified dwelling was built here.
William the Conqueror founded Warwick Castle in 1068.

Tomorrow is CDP's Theme Day - Squares.  See you tomorrow :).

Participating in ABC Wednesday

Monday, 28 April 2014

The 'Wow' Factor

This young couple are on their way to their Engagement Party.  But first, 
they came to Coombe Country Park to have some photos taken.

I asked if I could take a couple of photos too!  That dress is amazing.

So far so good.  But, I failed to find out more about the
dress and this charming couple.

We have experts amongst the City Daily Photo community
 who always take the time
to gather information and share that too.  
Oops!  I got cold feet.  
Next time :).

In the meantime, Happy Engagement to this sweet couple.

Friday, 25 April 2014

English Rooftops...

...and a castle :).

The view from a main road in the town of Warwick
 looking towards Warwick Castle.

Participating in Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #65 - Offchurch

Gable House, Offchurch 

The photo above is a look at the countryside behind Gable House.

Offchurch, Warwickshire is about 20 minutes from Coventry.  
I am having to venture out further from Coventry to find gems like this.
Well worth a little drive.  All taken last week.

Tomorrow it is back to share a genuine skyline :).

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

St George's Day, England

The Cross of St George flying high over Warwick Castle.

Today is also the 450th Anniversary of the birth of
Shakespeare.  As it happens, Warwick is located just about
half way between Coventry and Stratford Upon Avon.

I have taken pictures from this very spot before.
This one was taken today at 3.15 :).

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Baptistry Window

Coventry Cathedral
195 Panels of Stained Glass

In the photo below you can get an idea of the size of this window if you focus in on the
door (left) and reception desk (right).  This is one very large collection of stained glass panels.

I will have to come back and try photographing
this window again.  Would love to capture the glass in the middle
looking less washed out.  A challenge.

Designed by John Piper and created by Patrick Reyntiens.

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Monday, 21 April 2014

Looking Exposed

Plenty of fog but no leaves yet on my favorite Oak Tree,
taken today at Coombe Country Park.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday.

Please click the 'tree series' label (below) for a collection of shots
taken of this tree during the last year.  

Friday, 18 April 2014


The tree is enormous which throws me on whether
these are apple, peach or pear blossoms.

Best of all, the sky is blue today on 
Good Friday near Coventry.

Happy Easter!

Participating in Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #64 - Offchurch

Tudor Cottage and Wisteria Cottage, 
Offchurch, Warwickshire.

Last week it was a cat in thatch - 
this week I am thinking 'peacock'.

These two homes are loaded with history and interesting design
and are Grade II listed.  Here is a bit of the official description:

Hall house, now house, with addition now forming separate house. Probably late
C15 hall house, floored C17, with C17 addition forming cross-wing to rear right.
False large timber-framing with rendered panels, over original large framing;
cedar shingle roof; brick lateral stacks to rear. Hall house plan, now floored.
2-storey, 2-bay,2-window range. C20 door to C20 porch at left. Irregular
fenestration of C20 casements. Interior: concave-moulded spine beam with
roll-moulding to dining room at ground floor right. Winder staircase from ground
to first floors. Queen-post roof with wattle-and-daub infill between original
hall and right bay. C17 cross-wing to right rear. Large timber-framing with
rendered infill; thatch roof; brick ridge stacks to left and right of centre.
Single storey and attic; 2-bay range. C20 plank door to left of centre. Angled
bay window to centre. Swept dormer to centre

More about the village of Offchurch next Thursday.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

N Is for Not

'Not' sure what this metal post is.  Any ideas?

It is along side a lake.

And my guess is that is pretty old.

I know there are some clever people out there
who might know the answer :).

Participating in ABC Wednesday

Monday, 14 April 2014

Fields of Rapeseed

These are two views as you drive into the village of Wappenbury,
Warwickshire (about 20 minutes from Coventry).

Nice day for a drive!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Hint Of Spring

Coventry Cathedral Ruins

Taken this week.  The clouds parted
to let in a little sunshine now and again.

Have a super weekend :).

Participating in Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

M Is For Monks Kirby

The Church of St Edith dominates the landscape of Monks Kirby
(taken last Sunday from Newnham Paddox grounds). 

 I have just a couple more photos to share of our visit.

The dark posts in the centre of the photo (above) are the
magnificent Grade I listed gates you can see HERE.
Below is one of several daffodil-lined walks.

...and more daffodils. 

I couldn't pass on showing you this piano.  I just love it :).

Please click on the 'Newnham Paddox' link below to see
a collection of photos taken last Sunday at Daffodil Sunday,
a charity event held at the home of The Earl & Countess of Denbigh.

Participating in ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

More From Newnham Paddox, Monks Kirby

Taken last Sunday.  No sunshine but plenty of daffodils.

Carrying on from yesterday, here are more photos from around
this wonderful park, designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown 
between 1745 and 1753.

Not far from this location is another lake and, yes, more daffodils.

Daffodil Sunday in a charity event giving support
to six local churches and takes place at Newnham Paddox
by kind permission of The Earl & Countess of Denbigh.

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Monday, 7 April 2014

Screen, Gates and Gatepiers - Monks Kirby

The gates are thought to be originally
from a Spanish Monastery.  Click HERE to read more. 

Taken yesterday at the Daffodil Sunday event
 in the grounds of Newnham Paddox, Monks Kirby.

I'll show you more around this wonderful parkland tomorrow.

PS  Happy Birthday, Abbie, for last Friday :).

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Triangles

Coventry Cathedral and Holy Trinity Spires
View from Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Taken today!

I am still on vacation but had to pop back to participate in
CDP's Theme Day.  Follow the link for MORE :).