Friday Photo — More Midlands

There is this saying out there that goes along the lines of “the best laid plans of mice and men…

I had this post ready last night; I just wanted to review it before posting today.

Papyrus Migraine Therapy

Papyrus Migraine Therapy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then I woke with the killer migraine from…  Having a prescription medication (I take Maxalt) doesn’t help as much when one wakes up with the migraine already full-blown.  Most migraine medications are designed to be taken at the warning signs, the auras and such.  I was asleep though, and I didn’t get the messages my body wanted to send me until the pillow hurt too much to lay on.  We won’t get into my head’s issues with the sunny yellow paint and wallpaper of our bedroom…

Long and short–I’m late with this post.  I also didn’t end up taking the Boodle to the playgroup with our local homeschooling community today as I’d planned.  Then again, I didn’t put a crocodile on my head either.

A special lunch tea

A special lunch tea

But now that I’m feeling better,  I can bring you all on a nostalgic trip to Great Britain’s Midlands.  Next week, we will begin our trip south, taking a circuitous path that will highlight cities along the English Channel, and I am adding one more week to this series  so we can all visit London, our last destination before the flight home.

These images follow less of a theme than some.  After I’d reached some “goals”, my travels took more of a “let’s just stop in a town and see what I see” style.  And no, technically Stonehenge and Old Sarum are not Midlands attractions, but they were great day-trip destinations for my husband and I.

Chestershire

I couldn't help but imagine the soldiers who had to walk this hill to take Beestoke Castle

Imagine the soldiers who had to walk this hill to take Beestoke Castle

The surrounding countryside looking down from the castle base; it wasn't hard to imagine myself transported back several centuries

The surrounding countryside looking down from the castle base; it wasn’t hard to imagine myself transported back several centuries

A street in Chester, and no blue boxes

A street in Chester, and no blue boxes

The old and new merge constantly

The old and new merge constantly

Cats at Peckforton Castle

Cats at Peckforton Castle

In a random Chester building--I should have taken better notes

In a random Chester building–I should have taken better notes

StoneHenge DaY-Trip

Much more dangerous when they leap from the bushes than a deer

Much more dangerous when they leap from the bushes than a deer

Morning Fog at Old Sarum

Morning Fog at Old Sarum

About as close as they let the average tourist get to Stonehenge

About as close as they let the average tourist get to Stonehenge

I think this is one of my best pictures from the trip.  Great view!

I think this is one of my best pictures from the trip. Great view!

They don't look like much, but those earthen mounds in the distance are even more cool historically than the henge itself.

They don’t look like much, but those earthen mounds in the distance are even more cool historically than the henge itself.

White Horses

A White Horse we saw on our way home-- believe it was the Rockley Horse because of its long tail

A White Horse we saw on our way home–I believe it was the Rockley Horse because of its long tail and positioning

Hubby has steadier hands for evening shots--and we don't have anti-shake on our camera

Hubby has steadier hands for evening shots )we don’t have anti-shake on our camera) for this image of the Marlborough White Horse

There are a LOT of White Horses

There are a LOT of White Horses

Toward BridgNorth

On an earlier trip, the hubby and I visited some Shropshire sites (I only had disposable 35mm cameras then) and I wanted to check the area out more on my own.  Something about ruined abbies and castles...  and topiaries at Wenlock Priory

On an earlier trip, the hubby and I visited some Shropshire sites (I only had disposable 35mm cameras then) and I wanted to check the area out more on my own. Something about ruined abbes and castles… and topiaries at Wenlock Priory

Imagine walking through this building in tact, how the carvings would flicker in candlelight

Imagine walking through this building in tact, how the carvings would flicker in candlelight, casting shadows

More contrasts of old and new, save that the North Gate didn't look like this until the 20th century

More contrasts of old and new, save that the North Gate didn’t look like this until the 20th century

Ruins in Shadow

Ruins in Shadow

Back in high school I went to Paris and saw how the basement floors of Notre Dame were "paved" with gravestones; here at Bridgnorth and other UK the walkways as well were similarly paved

In high school, I went to Paris and saw basement floors of Notre Dame “paved” with gravestones; here at Bridgnorth and other UK churches the walkways as well were similarly paved

They say that these ruins of the Bridgnorth Castle lean more than the Tower of Pisa

They say that these ruins of the Bridgnorth Castle lean more than the Tower of Pisa

The Bridgnorth Castle Gardens...  what would someone from the castle's early days think to see it now, I wonder

At End of Day

Waiting for some mutton stew at a pub (this was after we'd gone to Stonehenge)

Waiting for some mutton stew at a pub (this was after we’d gone to Stonehenge)

And one of my more interesting night shots--I desperately needed a tripod, but this church in Birmingham was too gorgeous light like this to pass up snapping a shot

And one of my more interesting night shots–I desperately needed a tripod, but this church in Birmingham was too gorgeous lit like this to pass up snapping a shot

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6 responses to “Friday Photo — More Midlands

  1. It looks like you had a great trip, Eden. In fact you weren’t very far from where I live in Bristol (about 45 miles away) when you went to Stonehenge. 🙂

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    • Well, the next chance I get to head back across the pond, Kate, I’m hoping to meet as many of my fellow writer friends as I can. I’d love to buy you an afternoon tea (and yes, it was a wonderful trip!)

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  2. Gorgeous, Eden! I love England and Ireland, especially the ruins and the constant contrast between old and new. Can’t wait to go back.

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    • I haven’t been to Ireland yet (I really want to go one of these days), but yep… I’m with you, Kassandra. I can’t wait to go back.

      Do you find yourself exploring ruins of castles and such, contemplating all the lives that existed in a place?

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about your migraines Eden. I do hope that you’re feeling much better! Looks like you had a wonderful trip. The ruins remind me a lot of Ireland. The Celtics were quite busy back in the day. The only castles we found still in tact were mostly in Scotland. Although there are some beautiful manor homes in the English countryside. Don’t you just love afternoon tea and the pubs? It just adds to the charm. Thanks for sharing your memories with us! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Karen. The migraines are… well, I don’t like them, but so many other things in my life are extra special so, I really cannot complain.

      There were a few English castles I found intact (Powis, Peckforton and Maxstoke are three off the top of my head that I saw). Some, like the Coventry Castle ruins were only found in records and some timbers that an archaeology dig discovered… But I think the ruins were actually more interesting than the castles that were intact and being used as residences. (Though supposedly you can buy a castle in some places… if you wish to maintain it.)

      And yes, I actually loved it all. Even the sheep… (the sheep in England are pretty amazing).

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