Treasures in small-ish places.
This summer we made our way across the pond to the village of Countesthorpe (pop 6,300 +\-), Leicestershire in England to visit my in-laws. Thats smack in the middle of the Midlands.
My husbands folks have always come to us. For years and years. But now, age and health concerns have gotten in the way. So, it’s our turn to return the favour.
And lucky us!! We get to explore!
Open door policy at the Bulls Head.
As you can see, it was bright and sunny – every single day. And HOT! Unexpectedly hot.
Nice job, Countesthorpe! You sure offer up a nice variety is welcoming doorways!!
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.
Back in the ’70’s, plans for a dam on the beautiful St John River in New Brunswick threatened a group of 18th Century buildings. Some bright spark had the idea to move them out of harms way. The result is s vibrant, living historical village.
We visited on a very hot holiday Monday and all the doors were thrown open to welcome a bit of breeze as well as us visitors.
The delightful staff not only welcomed us into their homes and places of business, they drew us in the 18th village with the play acting. We were encouraged to lend a hand to help with the chores. Because it takes a village to … well … make village.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors
Last week we were in Manhattan and decided to take a little walk.
We made our way from the east side of 40th Street south to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Soooooo, of course we had to walk across to Brooklyn.
After checking out the Promenade, we wandered through the streets of Brooklyn Heights.
Those stately brownstones have some pretty serious door-bragging-rights!
I couldn’t resist stopping to grab a few shots on my phone… to share with you.
After stopping for a delicious pizza & salad, we made our way to Dumbo for a quick explore before heading back across the Bridge and to our hotel.
It was a long, hot walk. Something like 23 kilometres in New York’s August heat.
And still, it was an exhilarating adventure! One of those bucket list kind of days.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors
We are currently touring, and falling head-over-heels in love with the beautiful and magical country of Wales.
Stopped by here for a pot of tea. After we found the door …
THERE it is!!!
A lovely cuppa!
Take note of the brass plaque on the wall by the door. It indicates the high water mark of the flood waters from the adjacent river.
This is one resilient building. Charming and strong. Just like Wales.
Fredericton has some very pretty houses. Their entrances are made all the more inviting with a bit of fresh snow.
We enjoyed a walk around while waiting for Son #1 to finish classes so we could takes him home for “Spring Break”. Apparently, Mother Nature didn’t get the memo.
That was okay with us, though. It was a gentle snow with no wind … and not too cold temperatures.
The plants know. These buds (lilac, maybe?) are ready for warmer weather.
I predict the snow will melt away fairly quickly and things will green up quickly.
That said, I’m happy to have my young fella home – where there is no snow, and the crocuses are thinking about blooming. Which is freakishly early in the season for here. Worryingly so. But that’s another thought for another day.
Linked with Norm’s Thursday Doors
The Laughing Buddhas, English Bay, Vancouver.
This public art installation invites you to “… experience laughter, playfulness and joy”.
WPC – Variations on a Theme
I’m cooling my heels in downtown Toronto. Husband is working here and I tagged along for a pre-Christmas visit with my youngest son. And even though I’m sitting pretty high (in a hotel room on the 42nd floor), the view from here has me looking up. Way up.
Toronto’s iconic CN Tower is practically next door. Built in 1976, and the equivalent of a 147 story building, the Tower held the title of the world’s tallest freestanding structure for 32 years. Now, I think, it ranks 9th in the world and 3rd or 4th in the western world. Something like that. Everyone wants to go UP, UP, UP it seems …
If you are so inclined, you can travel by glass elevator – through the channel in the middle of the structure – to the observation deck and dine in a revolving restaurant which obviously offers amazing views.
Last summer, my very brave (crazy?) sister participated in the Sky Walk – in which she paid for the privilege of being strapped in a harness and hung over the side of the building from a platform ABOVE the observation deck!
And at night, the whole thing it’s lit up. I noticed the colour of the elevator shaft moves and changes as the car travels up and down.
These photos are not great. My excuse is that they were all taken through the window from the warm coziness of inside the hotel.
Did I mention it’s a tad chilly here in Toronto this week? A cold snap has descended (after a pretty mild autumn) and it’s been getting colder every day! This morning we woke to -14C, with a wind chill of -27. It feels like -27 out there!!! So! Photos are being taken from inside.
You can see “smoke” off the lake this morning – as the relatively warmer water evaporates off the lake. And if you look very closely, you can see the vapour reach up for the clouds. Mesmerizing pretty … from in here.
WPC – ascend