Hi again, and welcome to another photographic tour of England inspired by the writer in me and images my husband and I took during his work assignments for Land Rover back in 2005.
Next week will be the last in this series as it marks the end of our last trip to the UK (so far! I dearly wish to go back someday). Next week will also mark another change as it will be the first “First Friday Photo”; these posts will become a once a month feature instead of weekly in concert with my Slow Blogging plan.
But that’s neither here, nor there. You may wonder where here is:
(for the moment, it is….)
While I had a few days to myself before my husband’s work ended and we could vacation, I spent another day (actually two) meandering around the Midlands. I visited the Boscobel House, The Royal Oak, the White and Black Lady Priories. I walked through towns.
I had to include the above image on my tour because of a wonder comment conversation I had with Ted Strutz (go check out his Thor’s World Tour for some fun) about driving in the United Kingdom.
Despite having made several trips through Birmingham by this point, Dan and I had never really spent any time there. It was our last night… We went out for a bit and met some interesting people.
To the East
After Leaving the Midlands, we headed toward the English Channel. We stopped at Audley End House and a few other sites (the peacock image is from Audley End), and I took picture after picture of topiaries and espaliered trees for my home garden plans.
We ended up reaching the city of Rochester in time for the Beltaine Festivities. The city was packed, there was, literally, dancing in the streets. We had a lot of fun, but we wanted to reach Ramsgate by sunset, so we didn’t stay long.
We ended our day at the White Cliffs. Not Dover’s White Cliffs… Those came the next morning.
Stopping at Dover
Dover Castle is a two day visit of its own. We did not know that when we arrived, and because we arrived in the middle of the afternoon, we missed a lot of the cool bits about how the fortress was used during the World Wars.
We didn’t have time to go back the next day, given that we had to be in London (Barking actually) in time to claim our hotel room, and I had made plans for the Lullingstone Villa and the Dover Museum as well.
We made it… as you’ll see next week. Until then, if you would like, I posted more images in my Flickr photostream from this trip. Feel free to check them (and a few for next week’s installment) out.
If you haven’t seen the other installments of this series., check them out: